Fighting for roles/special teams
KaVontae Turpin is returning as Dallas' Pro Bowl return specialist in 2023, but it would be a huge mistake if the Cowboys didn't try to get him more involved in the offense this coming year. Turpin may not be a go-to receiver, but he's the type of player that could have a package of plays where manufactured touches are in order. He adds depth and another dimension to the offense.
Jalen Brooks, a seventh-round pick in 2023, is making an impression. He didn't enter the NFL with the greatest collegiate stats but the former South Carolina product has done a really good job of using his long arms (over 34 inches), working back to the ball, making athletic catches, and taking advantage of his targets. He's looking like he might have the edge as this team's WR6.
Simi Fehoko, over the last couple of years, may have squandered a golden opportunity to etch his place on this Dallas Cowboys roster. The athletic traits and speed are outstanding, but has Fehoko done enough over the course of the preseason with five catches for 25 yards to prove himself worthy of a spot on this roster? Will the Cowboys be able to confidently place him on waivers and hope he can get back to the practice squad?
Dennis Houston got a little bit of action last year but doesn't look to be a true threat for the 53-man roster right now, although you never know how much coaches are going to have invested in "their guys" especially after he found his way onto the field last season.
Ultimately, it feels like the Cowboys should for sure keep six, possibly seven guys at receiver considering what they went through and the way the depth was tested last year. It looks like they have a strong top four but Michael Gallup and Jalen Tolbert should be considered wild cards, at least to a degree.
This should be one of the most improved units in the league and that could be a massive edge for the Cowboys late in the season.