3 waived players around the NFL the Cowboys should consider

Tyler Johnson. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Tyler Johnson, WR

Right now, the Cowboys receiving corps looks to be rather crowded. They carried eight players on their initial 53-man roster, but two of them are currently injured. Michael Gallup is expected to return soon from his ACL surgery but James Washington is likely headed for the injured reserve.

There’s also KaVontae Turpin, who is listed as a receiver but will primarily be used as a kick returner. That means that despite the numbers, they can still use some help at wideout. One available player that could help is Tyler Johnson who was waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday.

A former fifth-round pick from Minnesota, Johnson has 48 receptions for 529 yards and two touchdowns over the past two seasons. That’s better than what any healthy receiver outside of CeeDee Lamb can boast at this point for Dallas.

Johnson isn’t known for his speed but he’s great at hauling in contested passes and can be dangerous with the ball in his hands due to his ability to break tackles.

In addition to his excellent ball skills, he understands the position and knows to work his way back to the quarterback when the play breaks down. For the Cowboys, who will probably have to deal with this a lot in 2022, that could be a very good thing.

There are players available but it’s hard to say anyone at the bottom of the roster is head and shoulders better than Johnson.