Cowboys Employing Interesting Strategy With Offensive Playmaker

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The Dallas Cowboys actually need some depth in their receiving corps. Yes, they have CeeDee Lamb, who is one of the best wide receivers in the sport, but behind him, there isn’t a whole lot.

Brandin Cooks is the No. 2, but he was a disappointment in his debut campaign with the Cowboys last season and could be declining. Jalen Tolbert appears to have potential, but he is entirely unproven. Dallas also cut Michael Gallup earlier this offseason.

So, what can the Cowboys do to add some pop to their aerial attack?

Well, one strategy is apparently trying running back Deuce Vaughn in the slot.

“It was one of those things that we had kind of talked about at the end of the season last year,” Vaughn said, via the Cowboys’ official team website. “Talking with [offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer] just a little bit about getting with the slot. … Just learning a little bit more about it.”

Right now, Vaughn is slated to play a major role in Dallas’ rushing attack, with Rico Dowdle and the aging Ezekiel Elliott representing the club’s only other options in the backfield.

But obviously, the Cowboys are trying to find other ways to incorporate Vaughn in order to implement some versatility into the offense.

“It’s one of the things I did in college and love to do,” added Vaughn. “Just adds another value.”

Vaughn, who played his collegiate football at Kansas State, was selected by Dallas in the sixth round of the NFL Draft last spring. He carried the ball 23 times for 40 yards in 2023 and logged seven catches for 40 yards.

Did The Cowboys Screw Up By Not Adding More Offensive Talent?

The Cowboys definitely have some elite pieces offensively. Dak Prescott is a top-10 quarterback, Lamb is one of the game’s great wide outs and Jake Ferguson is a budding star at tight end.

However, Dallas was unable to address the loss of running back Tony Pollard, as it didn’t sign any of the top halfbacks in free agency and also didn’t draft one. It also did not do anything to rectify its lack of depth at the wide receiver position.

So, did the Cowboys screw up here?

Well, here’s the thing: Dallas entered the offseason with an incredibly tight financial situation, so it didn’t really have much room to add pieces.

One can argue that the Cowboys should have focused more on remedying their issues at the skill positions in the NFL Draft, but Dallas had other holes it needed to fill, as well.

The Cowboys had the highest-scoring offense in football last season, so they should be fine. And who knows? Perhaps someone like Tolbert—or maybe even Vaughn—will step up and surprise some people.

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