Mailbag: Who Has The Edge In WR Battle?

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How do you rank the remaining of the depth chart after Cooper, Gallup, and Cobb? Is Davis or the UDFA gaining ground on some of the other vets? - TYLER BAEM / SAN ANTONIO, TX

Bryan: I think they keep six. Noah Brown and Tavon Austin are likely the other two with that final spot coming down to one of those kids. My favorite has been Cedrick Wilson. He’s been able to take things from the practice field to the game, as has Devin Smith. Jon’Vea Johnson and Jalen Guyton have had moments but not consistent enough at this point. Will need a big rally.

Rob: Cedrick Wilson has probably been the most consistent of that young group vying for maybe one or two spots. Smith has been the best over the last few days. You’re seeing why the Jets drafted him in the second round four years ago. I still think Johnson has a chance because of his talent level. Just has to find a little more consistency finishing plays.

A couple of observations of the Cowboys’ camp this year has been, obviously, the contract talks, but also how much young talent they have and the difficult cuts ahead. We know that they prefer to draft and retain their own guys. I feel like, with the exception of the top players, the back half of the roster will be built on more of a college model in the sense that those players are only going to be here for their rookie deal unless they separate themselves from others because the team feels like there's not much difference, talent-wise, from college guys and veterans looking for a second contract other than the money. Thoughts? - MARCO ASPAAS / VANCOUVER, WA

Bryan: I agree with you. With the way the salary cap is, you’re only going to keep the players who have that rare ability or who play at an All-Pro or Pro Bowl level consistently.

Rob: It’s exactly why this year’s draft and future drafts are so critical. Beyond the first- and second-round picks, you need rookies in the middle and even the late rounds to contribute at salaries that don’t strain your cap. Unless you do that, the league isn’t designed for you to stay on top or competitive for long.

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