Cowboys James Washington suffers a broken foot, out at least 2 months -Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
Washington had yet to make his mark on the Cowboys offense, and now they will be without him for at least two months.
The Cowboys’ situation at wide receiver has been a topic all offseason after they traded Amari Cooper and lost Cedrick Wilson in free agency. CeeDee Lamb is their WR1, but after him there is a lot of uncertainty. Washington was drafted as a veteran free agent who could help stabilize the depth chart until Michael Gallup returns, but now that plan is in jeopardy.
The Cowboys may have to exit the organization and bring in another veteran receiver depending on the final diagnosis for Washington. It’s definitely one of the worst position groups for the Cowboys to lose a player.
6.5 WRs Cowboys could look to sign to replace injured James Washington – KD Drummond, The Cowboys Wire
The Cowboys may have to seek outside help.
DeSean Jackson, 35 | 5 feet 10 inches, 175 pounds
Jackson may be long in the tooth, and he hasn’t racked up more than 400 snaps in a season since 2017, but it would almost make perfect sense for him to join Dallas under these circumstances. In April, he said he would consider returning in 2022 for the right person, and the star-wearing Cowboys consistent killer seems like poetic justice. His only game over 100 receiving yards last season came against Dallas. He loves showing off at AT&T Stadium.
Washington was going to be a deep threat to this club, which will have fuller receivers in CeeDee Lamb, Jalen Tolbert and eventually Michael Gallup. Jackson as a deep threat who probably still can’t be knocked down in his old age would fit well with Dallas’ apparent deep attack per role, with TJ Vasher as the red zone threat and Kavontae Turpin as the gimmick guy.
CeeDee Lamb is set for a huge season and a big payday to match the exploding WR market.
On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver agreed to a 3-year, $71.6 million contract extension. It’s the latest in a plethora of major contract extensions for wide receivers, as Samuel is the 11th receiver to sign an extension worth $20 million or more per year.
Two of Dallas’ division rivals are part of this trend, as Terry McLaurin of the Commanders and AJ Brown of the Eagles are included in this list.
As Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb’s rookie contract reaches its third year, what do these extensions mean for him?
Well, that means a big bag of cash is in his future.
If Lamb continues his upward trend, he will be paid as much as Samuel. Last season, Lamb made his first Pro Bowl after recording 79 catches for 1,102 yards and six touchdowns. He did it as a secondary option, which Lamb won’t be this season.
Cowboys notebook: CeeDee Lamb dominates, Prescott looks sharp in first padded practice – Bobby Belt, 105.3 The Fan
Tyler Smith is off to a great start with the pads, and the Cowboys kicking competition is still wide open.
* It was Connor McGovern’s starting squad stint at left guard as he did every practice, but performances between McGovern and Tyler Smith weren’t even close on Monday.
McGovern struggled all day, including a rep where Carlos Watkins slipped past him in the backfield to blast a run play. Smith, on the other hand, had several notable moments in practice, using his power to knock Quinton Bohanna off the ball on one rep, slamming Trysten Hill into the ground on another and shooting to the right to cut DeMarcus Lawrence and make gush Tony Pollard for a big payout.
* Mike McCarthy opened training with his eyes on the kicking competition between Lirim Hajrullahu and Jonathan Garibay, something he watched closely most days at Oxnard. Garibay went 6-for-8 during the kicks, bending several kicks to the left, and Hajrullahu went 7-for-8, with his only miss on a kick where his planted foot slipped. Garibay has the bigger leg, but Hajrullahu has been more accurate so far in this camp.
O-Line Cowboys: Tyler Smith exclusively left guard; Matt Waletzko surgery? – Richie Witt, CowboysSI.com
Even with Tyler Smith taking over at left guard, the Cowboys have depth issues on the offensive line after losing Matt Waletzko.
But before his first success in training camp or his inevitable preseason penalty, first-round pick Tyler Smith was doing the right things and getting solid reviews. On an offensive line that lost La’el Collins and Connor Williams from last year’s team, the Tulsa rookie seems entrenched at left guard.
At this position and almost exclusively at this position, according to coach Mike McCarthy.
Although the 6-5, 320-pounder has the agility and skill to play tackle and hopefully be heir to Tyron Smith on the left side of quarterback Dak Prescott, the Cowboys are reducing his future flexibility to focus on the present.
“I probably played him too much at tackle than guard during OTAs,” McCarthy said ahead of Dallas’ first padded practice of the summer. “We’re going to give him the most reps at left guard…so he can build some continuity and some comfort there.”
Also on the offensive line, rookie Matt Waletzko — the leading candidate to win the swing tackle job — won’t practice this week, according to McCarthy. His shoulder injury is serious enough that the team is considering surgery.
The Cowboys’ biggest sleepers, busts and stars to target in the 2022 fantasy football draft – Kristopher Knox, Bleacher Report
Do you trust Zeke in 2022?
Bust: Ezekiel Elliott, RB
With Pollard poised to get a lot of work, both in the backfield and at receiver, managers need to be careful when targeting Ezekiel Elliott early. Franchise owner Jerry Jones is hoping to get Elliott back in the lead, but admitted Pollard will play a big part in it.
“He must be the focal point”, Jones said on the NFL Network. “There’s room for Pollard while Zeke is in there.”
The other factor to consider is that Elliott hasn’t been as explosive in recent years as he was early in his career. Although he played in all 17 games last season, he only had 1,002 rushing yards and 287 receiving yards, despite scoring 12 touchdowns.
The uncertainty of Dallas’ new offensive line must also be weighed.
As the 16th-ranked running back, Elliott doesn’t have the same streak he has in recent years. However, that remains high for a touchdown-dependent fullback who spits time with another capable runner and receiver. An injury or a shortage of touchdowns could easily flounder Elliott.
Managers should also exercise caution if they target No. 1 receiver CeeDee Lamb, who is ranked sixth in his position. Lamb had 1,102 yards and six touchdowns last season and could see more opportunities with Cooper out.
However, Lamb is also likely to see more double coverage than he did with Cooper in the lineup. Lamb probably won’t be a total failure, but replacing him with receivers like Mike Evans, Keenan Allen and Tyreek Hill could be a mistake.
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