CeeDee Lamb Headlines Cowboys 2022 WR Depth Chart, And There Is A Fresh Supporting Cast

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Cowboys fans will see some new faces catching passes from quarterback Dak Prescott this season. And now that the Cowboys’ schedule has been released, we can start to envision what the full season might look like.

Dallas recently traded wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Brown,s but the decision wasn’t due to lack of production. 

Cooper made an immediate impact for the Cowboys, leading the team in receiving yards and touchdowns in 2018 despite playing only nine games in Dallas because he was traded midseason from the Oakland Raiders. No Cowboys wide receiver has accumulated more combined receiving yards season-by-season since 2018 than Cooper.

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Rather, it came down to money for Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones. Cooper would’ve been a $22 million cap hit this season if Dallas retained him.

Here’s who will need to step up in place of the four-time pro bowler if Dallas wants to have another winning season:

Wide Receiver 1: CeeDee Lamb

The 2020 first round pick tallied more receiving yards than Cooper in 2021, the only Cowboys player to do so since Cooper was traded to Dallas in 2018.

Lamb even beat out some NFL veterans last season, ranking 16th in receiving yards. This landed Lamb his first pro bowl appearance in only his second season.

With the trajectory the former Oklahoma Sooner was on, he was bound to lead Dallas in receiving yards again as he outgained Cooper by 237 yards last year.

Wide Receiver 2: Michael Gallup

Gallup will be looked upon to take the lion’s share of Cooper’s production, as Lamb had already surpassed Cooper last season. 

Gallup has been a constant in Dallas’ offense since being selected in round three of the 2020 NFL Draft. He had a career high in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in 2019. 

When Lamb came on the scene in 2020, his production declined. 

In 2021, injuries limited him to only nine games. A torn ACL in week 17 ended his season and took him out of postseason action. In March, Jones expressed optimism that Gallup could return to action week one. 

If that comes to fruition, Gallup will be looked upon to produce immediately and there could be some rust to shake if he loses practice time through the offseason to rehab his knee.

Wide Receiver 3: James Washington

The former Pittsburgh Steeler hadn’t been relied upon as a top receiving option for most of his time in Pittsburgh. He’s played with the likes of Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson.

Washington did lead the Steelers in receiving yards in 2019, proving he’s capable of being a top passing option. Now he’s on a one-year deal with Dallas, giving him the chance to replicate his career year in 2019.

Wide Receiver 4: Jalen Tolbert

This key piece of the Cowboys’ 2022 draft class will have an opportunity to climb the depth chart if he can make the most of his playing time.

The University of South Alabama standout was the focal point of the Jaguars offense. In his last two college seasons, he led the team in receiving yards by a wide margin.

At 6’1 194-pounds, Tolbert has the size to compete in the NFL. But the biggest knock against Tolbert’s college career is he wasn’t facing the top competition in the NCAA’S power five conferences.

Seeing how the receiver performs in training camp and preseason should be telling for how his season will go.

Wide Receiver 5: Noah Brown

A 7th round draft pick in 2017, Brown hasn’t seen the field much in his career. He’s started five total games but has appeared in many more.

While the totals are still low, Brown has seen an uptick in his usage and production over the last two seasons. 

But Brown’s spot may not be safe as Dallas signed a few undrafted free agent wide receivers to fight for a roster spot heading into 2022/