Cowboys WR Depth Chart: Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson for Increased Roles at Thanksgiving
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The Cowboys have one of the best receiving bodies in the NFL. Their depth will be tested on Thanksgiving Day.
Amari Cooper will miss her second game with a positive COVID test. This will eliminate one of the Cowboys’ top two receivers.
Meanwhile, CeeDee Lamb is struggling with a concussion. He was limited in practice on Wednesday, but he was not allowed by an independent neurologist to go to the field. He will therefore be out of action.
With Lamb and Cooper both absent, Dallas will start receivers who are talented but might not be familiar to the average NFL fan.
What will Dak Prescott’s collection of arms look like for Turkey Day? And who could be his No. 1 receiver? Here’s a look at the Cowboys’ uncertain depth chart ahead of their Thursday afternoon clash with the Raiders.
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Cowboys WR Depth Chart
The Cowboys have one of the best receiving bodies in the NFL when they are in good health. Even with Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb against the Raiders, their depth is solid. Things would have been better if Lamb could have played, but they still have four receivers who have proven to be quality players during their NFL careers.
1. Michael Gallup
Gallup has been a bit of a forgotten man in that Cowboys offense, having missed about half of the season for Dallas and only played three games so far. The fourth-year wide receiver saw season highs in catches (5), targets (10) and receiving yards (44) last week against the Chiefs with Cooper (COVID) and Lamb (protocol of concussion) leaving the game early.
Over his career, Gallup has averaged 15.2 yards per catch and totaled 1,107 receiving yards in 2019. The 6-1 receiver is a good downline threat and will see plenty of targets as the No. 1 with Cooper and Lamb out of action. Of course, he can also face cover from Raiders No.1 corner Casey Hayward, so that’s worth keeping in mind.
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2. Cédrick Wilson
The Cowboys were OK in Gallup’s absence because Wilson performed well in his stead. Wilson has played 10 games and tallied 316 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 23 catches. He was the No.3 catcher and hasn’t always seen a lot of targets – he’s seen 34, good for the team’s sixth-tallest – but he broke a few big plays.
Wilson also threw the occasional pass this season, and he completed both of his attempts for 57 yards. Dallas will certainly be looking to get the ball in their hands at least a few times. He’s averaging 13.7 yards per reception, which is the team’s second behind Lamb among players with 10 or more receptions this season.
3. Noah Brown
Brown has become a quality depth player for the Cowboys this year. He’s only caught eight passes this season but has generated 117 yards. The 6-2, 225-pound receiver is a full save that is both physical but can also serve as a threat in the field.
Brown has played 28% of offensive snaps this year and has been the No.4 receiver for most of the season due to Gallup’s injury. He’ll be the No.3 receiver this week and could see nearly 50 percent of the shots according to Dallas’ wide receiver-level game plan.
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4. Malik Turner
Turner caught five of seven targets for 35 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys loss to the Broncos. His production largely came from garbage time, but he represents another tall receiver who can catch contested catches and will be bigger than most defensive backs.
Turner will be receiver # 4 on Thanksgiving. He could play a quarter to a third of the snaps like Brown did most of the year as the No.4 wide receiver.
5. Simi Fehoko
Fehoko has only played four offensive snaps this season. He hasn’t been targeted yet and hasn’t been active since Week 3. He will dress with Lamb, but the fifth-round rookie will in all likelihood be an emergency depth option at the receiver.
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