Ready to Compete
For as much as we talk about the Cowboys' top three receivers, we know next to nothing about the rest of the depth chart.
Conventional wisdom says that an NFL team is going to keep at least five receivers, and in recent years, the Cowboys haven't been opposed to keeping six. Now that the league has increased its roster limit to 55, keeping an extra guy could be even more justifiable.
But who would that be? Behind the trio of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb, the Cowboys' No. 4 receiver last year was Tavon Austin. He remains unsigned and it doesn't currently look like the front office is interested in bringing him back.
That leaves a group of mostly unproven players jockeying for position.
Devin Smith caught five balls for 113 yards last season, including a 51-yard touchdown – but he inexplicably fell out of favor with the coaching staff about a month into the season.
Ventell Bryant caught one pass last year – a 15-yard touchdown in the loss to Buffalo. But he was mainly used as a special teamer. Prior to getting hurt, Cedrick Wilson appeared in six games and caught five passed for 46 yards. There's also Tevin Jones, who signed to a futures contract in January. Jones caught four passes for 61 yards in five games for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.
Behind them, there's a trio of unknowns. Noah Brown was drafted in 2017 and played a sizable role in his first two seasons, but it's safe to say injuries have derailed his career a bit. Brown spent last season on injured reserve and enters his fourth year in uncertain territory.
Jon'Vea Johnson is also back. An undrafted free agent in 2019, Johnson had an up-and-down training camp, and a shoulder injury landed him on injured reserve at the end of the preseason. Johnson finds himself in a similar place to Cedrick Wilson last season – hoping to build on his rookie training camp after an untimely injury.
Kendrick Rogers, an undrafted rookie out of Texas A&M, rounds out the group. Rogers' 6-4, 204-pound frame is impressive, and he made some undoubtedly impressive catches in college. But he was never able to find true consistency.
To recap, that's seven players fighting for two, perhaps three roster spots on the back end of the depth chart. As always, special teams ability will likely play a big role in who wins them – in addition to who can piece together the most consistent training camp.