Now that the Hall of Fame game is in the rear view mirror, let’s take a look at a spot on the roster that has some intriguing names attached to it, wide receiver.
The way it seems right now, there are currently four players that are viewed as guarantees to make the cut at receiver: Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer.
After those four it’s a toss up as to who will be the final wide out to make the cut, or the final two if the Cowboys decide to keep six receivers.
There are some interesting names that haven’t been mentioned as locks to make the team; guys like Brice Butler, Noah Brown and Andy Jones appear to be fighting for the final few open spots.
Who will make the team? Let’s assume the Cowboys keep 6 receivers, who will be left on the outside looking in?
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Making The Case: Brice Butler
The case for Brice Butler is most likely the easiest one to make; he is the only one who has NFL regular season experience. Head Coach Jason Garrett and the rest of the Cowboys coaching staff have always shown that they value experience and leadership out of their players.
Butler’s performance Thursday night versus the Cardinals helped solidify his spot on the 53-man roster. He had only two receptions, but for 78 yards coming on two vertical routes where he blew by the cornerback assigned to cover him.
Making The Case: Noah Brown
Noah Brown has something that Andy Jones doesn’t, a long and cheap contract. If Brown and Jones have an even camp then I believe that the coaches will lean to keep Brown.
Brown’s performance on Thursday was very unnoticeable, he didn’t have a catch but he did draw a pass interference call in the second quarter that eventually led to a field goal.
Another thing that Brown has going for him, is that Ezekiel Elliott fought for the coaches to draft him to the team back in April.
Making The Case: Andy Jones
Something that Jones has on Brown is that Jones has been on the Cowboys roster for over a year now, spending last season on the practice squad.
Jones has an outside receiver build, he’s very tall and can go get the football, he performed very well during camp last season but didn’t show up at all during the preseason games which eventually led to his release.
However, Jones showed up a few times against the Cardinals, some good showings and some bad. He caught three passes for 39 yards and he came very close to having a touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
He also committed a holding penalty during a rushing play that would’ve given the Cowboys a first down.
He was the only receiver of the three to play in the second half and the only one to make an appearance on special teams. That bodes well for his versatility and could play a role in keeping him on the team.
Who Makes The Cut?
After looking at the positives and negatives between the three receivers, I believe Brice Butler has proven to be the best receiver and will make the team. I also believe that the team will find Brown’s contract too hard to let go and will keep him over Andy Jones.