The Dallas Cowboys‘ wide receiver room is less than impressive. This, we know.
Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, and Tavon Austin make up an average starting lineup at most. However, Dallas’ sixth-round pick in Cedrick Wilson may emerge among the group as a legitimate talent.
“Ced[rick Wilson] has picked up the offense better than most of the guys in the room,” said wideouts coach Sanjay Lal, via The Doomsday Podcast. “And now it’s becoming like, ‘Okay, we need a guy to run in there? Ced, go in’, and he knows what to do. [On Wednesday] he scored a touchdown, so he’s …coming along. I’m very happy with it.”
This may be good news for Dallas, who have the status of the troubled Terrance Williams in limbo right now.
With Williams’ off the field and injury problems, Wilson seems like a prime contender to get more action and make a big difference.
In addition to praise from the Dallas wideout coach, Wilson has also received some validation from a Cowboy legend: Drew Pearson. Pearson, formerly an elite Dallas receiver, believes Wilson can stand out among the receiving core.
“The guy you might want to watch is the guy they got out of Boise State, Wilson, this guy Cedrick Wilson,” Pearson said via 247 Sports. “I heard coming out of the rookie minicamp that he was one of the guys who stood out and showed a lot of ability to take his game from the next level, college to the NFL.”
The Cowboys, who released star receiver Dez Bryant this offseason, have already committed to a heavy run game this season. While Ezekiel Elliott can certainly handle the workload (provided he’s on the field), Dallas’ ability to back him up through the air seems shaky, especially after losing veteran Jason Witten.
With the Cowboys in a desperate position, it looks like the Boise State product in Wilson will get a shot to prove his worth.