Star Evaluation: Noah Brown Showed Rookie Promise, But WR Battle Awaits

While the first couple of waves of free agency have passed, it's never too late to upgrade the roster, something the Cowboys will try to do at the end of this month with the NFL Draft.  

Even with that, the majority of the 2018 roster is already in place. In the coming weeks, the staff of DallasCowboys.com will preview those players, analyzing where they've been and where they're going.

Today, we continue the series with wide receiver Noah Brown.

Views of #85 Wide Receiver Noah Brown from the 2017-18 Regular Season.

What's Been Good:

Brown was the only one of three seventh-round picks to make the 53-man roster out of training camp. He found a spot as a backup receiver and special teams contributor, active for 13 games with four catches for 33 yards. The Cowboys also used Brown often as a downfield blocker in the running game, where he leveraged his 6-2, 225-pound frame to help spring Ezekiel Elliott and the backs for extra yardage.

What's Been Bad:

Hard to pinpoint any true negatives with Brown's rookie season. He only averaged 12 snaps per game and was asked to block more than contribute to the passing game. But with so many receivers on this current roster, including two free agent signings, Brown will have to show noticeable progress as a pass-catcher to find a spot again this season.

2017 Highlight:

Brown had only four receptions as a rookie, but his first career catch was a critical moment in the Cowboys' early season. Trailing 7-0 late in the first half at Arizona, and struggled to find any consistent traction offensively in the Week 3 road matchup, quarterback Dak Prescott found Brown for a 13-yard gain that set up first-and-goal at the Cardinals' 10-yard line. Prescott would scramble for a touchdown on the next play, sparking an eventual road victory that pushed Dallas' record back above .500 coming off a miserable 25-point loss at Denver.

What's Next:

The Cowboys have created serious competition at wide receiver with the signings of Deonte Thompson and Allen Hurns, a former 1,000-yard wideout with Jacksonville. Hurns in particular is likely to compete for considerable snaps. Former backup Brice Butler has signed with Arizona, but the Cowboys' wideout depth extends beyond Brown to fellow 2017 draft pick Ryan Switzer and Lance Lenoir. The Cowboys like Brown's size and potential, but he figures to be locked in a position battle this summer.

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