Cowboys Position Battle: Jalen Tolbert vs Simi Fehoko for WR4

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The Dallas Cowboys now have one of the most talented wide receiver rooms in the NFL -- a three-headed monster in All-Pro CeeDee Lamb, a healthy Michael Gallup and veteran trade acquisition Brandin Cooks. 

While Dallas is set with the top three, the other spots are up for grabs; this includes a battle between two young receivers for the number four spot. 

Jalen Tolbert and Simi Fehoko are the two names that will likely be battling for that fourth slot. Each has a lot to prove on who deserves that role the most. So let’s break down the two players who will head into competition in training camp. 

Jalen Tolbert 

Taken in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, Jalen Tolbert was brought in to give the Cowboys depth and a potential number three option last season. With Gallup still recovering from injury, it allowed Tolbert to step into a bigger role early on.

The Cowboys were high on Tolbert, and his film was proof of why. He is a good athlete and route runner and had a productive final season at South Florida in 2021.

Unfortunately, that didn't immediately translate to the NFL as Tolbert appeared in eight games and started one of them. He finished his rookie season with just two receptions for 12 yards and never found the end zone.

To make matters worse, his most memorable rookie highlight was a lowlight when he lined up offsides in the overtime loss against Green Bay, which proved to be a killer penalty.

Still, we should never be quick to judge a player just off his rookie season. Tolbert is young and can easily turn it around in year two.

So far, the turnaround is off to a nice start. Mike McCarthy raved about Tolbert to reporters at OTAs, saying he "made some really nice plays, particularly in the seven-on-seven and two-minute situation."  

According to reports out of minicamp, Tolbert has piggybacked off his strong OTAs and caught two touchdowns in Tuesday's practice.

Injuries can happen at anytime and this is the season where the former South Alabama Jaguar must prove he was worth that third-round selection and can be the guy to step up as a fourth option behind Lamb, Cooks and Gallup.