Without any high-priced free-agent additions — and with a couple of big names leaving town — the Dallas Cowboys were expecting several players to rise to the challenge in 2022. Overall, they had a 12-5 record and won a playoff game, but they still fell short of their ultimate goal.
Going forward, the front office will get back to work trying to figure out what to do next. They also have to strongly consider if anything needs to be done about these four players who wound up being major disappointments this season.
4 Cowboys who were a total disappointment in 2022
4. Jalen Tolbert, Wide Receiver
In the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, Dallas added Jalen Tolbert from South Alabama. An impressive athlete who came on strong over the final two seasons of his career, Tolbert had borderline second-round talent which led to a lot of excitement when he was there in Round 3.
Tolbert, who ran a sub-4.5 in the 40-yard dash, had 1,085 yards and eight touchdowns in 2020 and 1,474 yards with another eight scores in 2021. His ability to create separation was impressive and he finished with a career average of 17.6 yards per reception.
As a rookie, Tolbert was expected to not only help replace Amari Cooper but also keep the offense afloat as Michael Gallup rehabbed his surgically repaired ACL. That didn’t happen as he struggled to get on the field throughout the season.
Tolbert finished the year with just 12 yards on two receptions which was a far cry from what was expected. And sadly, the biggest play he made was when he was hit with a penalty for being lined up offside, which was a major help for the Green Bay Packers as they upset Dallas in Week 10.
It’s not as if they need to give up on him after just one season but Dallas can’t go into 2023 with high expectations based on what they’ve seen.