3 Receiver Options For Dallas Cowboys Amid Injuries

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The wide receiver position for the Dallas Cowboys underwent some major changes this NFL offseason. Amari Cooper, who had been the nominal No. 1 on the team for a few years, was traded to the Cleveland Browns in a salary dump situation.

The team lost even more depth when Cedrick Wilson Jr., who did an admirable job filling in when injuries occurred last season, signed with the Miami Dolphins. The team was able to re-sign Michael Gallup, but he will need some time to recover and rehab his ACL injury.

James Washington was signed away from the Pittsburgh Steelers to provide some insurance behind CeeDee Lamb, but now he is also sidelined with an injury. He was landed on by cornerback Trevon Diggs in practice this week and the team is fearful that Washington suffered a Jones fracture.

Without Washington, Lamb is the only wide receiver on the active roster that has a touchdown reception in his career. The Cowboys need some help at the position and will likely be looking to bring in some reinforcements. Here are three players that they could consider bringing in.

Will Fuller

The Cowboys could be looking to bring in a vertical threat now that Washington’s availability is in question. Lamb was already going to command a ton of attention from opposing defenses and now will even more given the lack of experience surrounding him.

One player that could pique the Cowboys’ interest is Will Fuller. Fuller has his own history of not being able to stay healthy, as he played in only two games with the Miami Dolphins last season. But, when he is on the field, he would be a great complement to Lamb.

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Fuller has a full deep route tree, as he can get the job done with his excellent athleticism and speed. Dallas would be taking a risk bringing him on, however, as they are already dealing with injury concerns. If they are not confident about bringing in another injury-risk player, they can look elsewhere.

DeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson may not have the juice that someone such as Fuller has, as he is entering his 15th season in the NFL. But, if there is one thing Jackson can still do it is stretch the field.

Playing a complementary role in the offenses of the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Rams, Jackson averaged 22.7 yards per reception. Even at 35 years old, Jackson is still capable of getting behind the defense for a big play.

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It was only three seasons ago that he led the NFL with 18.9 yards per reception playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so he certainly still has some juice left in his legs. Playing a part-time role is something he is more than capable of doing still and the Cowboys could use that.

Another positive is that Jackson proved he can stay healthy. After a few seasons of struggling with injuries, Jackson appeared in 16 games last season. Availability is the best ability and the Cowboys need players they know will be on the field week in and week out.

Breshad Perriman

If the Cowboys don’t like any of the options available in free agency, they could scour the league for some replacements. Teams are going to eventually have to pare down their rosters, which will present some new options for the Cowboys to consider.

One team that Dallas should be keeping an eye on is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay made a splash last week when they signed Julio Jones. He joins a crowded depth chart that is led by Mike Evans that already added Russell Gage Jr. earlier in free agency. Chris Godwin is on the mend, which means some veterans will likely shake free.

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One of the veterans that may be on the lookout for another opportunity is Breshad Perriman. The former first-round pick has struggled to find his footing in the league but has done relatively well when given the opportunity. 

He would provide the Cowboys with another player capable of filling that deep threat role on the perimeter, as he has averaged 16.4 yards per reception in his career. Perriman should come relatively cheap as well, as Dallas could offer a late-round pick to acquire him instead of waiting to see if he gets released.

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