The Dallas Cowboys offense is finally humming. A big reason for the turnaround? Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb have been unstoppable. Their chemistry arguably has never been better, as Lamb has turned in back-to-back career performances and three straight 100-yard games.
Behind Lamb, though, the Cowboys wide receiver room has been wildly inconsistent. Michael Gallup's struggles are well-documented at this point, while Brandin Cooks isn't being used enough and Jalen Tolbert's snap share remains low.
The Cowboys have taken some heat for their passing game being so Lamb-dependent. At some point, they need more distribution. With his conversation growing louder after Dallas' gutting loss against the Eagles, it's almost fitting that multiple former Cowboys pass-catchers went scorched earth in Week 9.
CeeDee Lamb led all wideouts with 191 receiving yards, but some familiar faces followed suit behind the two-time Pro Bowler.
Week 9 receiving leaders littered with former Cowboys
The comments under that post are about what you would expect. "Jerry Jones strikes again." "Cowboys are in the mud." Are they, though?
It's been regurgitated countless times since the 2022 offseason that trading Amari Cooper was a mistake. Everyone recognizes he's still a top receiver. Electing to keep Michael Gallup over Cooper will go down as one of the biggest stains of the Jerry Jones era. Several trades from this past deadline involved packages that were more expensive than what Dallas got for Cooper. They'll never live it down.
All that said, do the Cowboys really miss Dalton Schultz and Noah Brown? While we're thrilled the former tight end and WR are flourishing in Houston, we don't recall fans clamoring for Dallas to keep either player in free agency.
If anything, their production is a reflection of quarterback C.J. Stroud's superb rookie year -- not Jerry Jones fumbling the bag in the offseason. In the Texans' win over the Bucs, Stroud surpassed Patrick Mahomes as the youngest player ever with 450 or more passing yards and five touchdowns in a game.
There was 470 passing yards to go around. It would've been concerning if Schultz and Brown didn't get a notable share of the receiving pie.
While Schultz is an elite red zone weapon, Jake Ferguson is ascending up the TE ranks as a sophomore. He's a legit No. 1 TE who's only scratched the surface of his potential. This season, Prescott has averaged 4.0 fewer yards per attempt with Ferguson off the field, per Next Gen Stats.
Brown, meanwhile, finished as the Cowboys' second leading receiver last year. He's a solid depth receiver and special teamer, but Dallas had to make necessary sacrifices in free agency and letting Brown walk has allowed Jalen Tolbert to enter the WR mix. In limited opportunities, Tolbert has showed WR3 potential.
This graphic is more ironic than anything else. It's not ideal timing with the Cowboys being so Lamb dependent, but make no mistake: Cooper is the only former Cowboy pictured that Dallas should regret parting with.
Dragging the Cowboys for this is unfounded.