The Cowboys may not know when they can expect James Washington to return from his foot injury; At least not yet. Recovery times from Jones’ fractures, the injury Dallas feared but not yet verified, can range anywhere from weeks to months, depending on whether rest or surgery is prescribed. Jones’ fractures are usually detected through X-rays, which the Cowboys have the ability to perform on site at Oxnard, but they also send him for an MRI.
Regardless, the free agent addition will miss out on the rest of the training camp, a blow to a team trying to replace two main gears in the wide receiver depth chart. Chemistry between wide players and quarterbacks is critical in the NFL and now Dak Prescott won’t get time to create this with Washington during the practice and throwing sessions as planned. Should Dallas look for a player from abroad?
This was indeed a strong consideration, at least among the fan base, when analyzing the depth chart. The Cowboys signed 2022 USFL MVP Kavontae Turpin, a speed demon who is the elite with the ball in open space, but he was probably at the bottom of the depth chart. Washington was vying to start until Michael Gallup returned sometime in the first half of the season.
Dallas might want to grab someone with NFL experience to join the fight. Here’s a look at some of the potential candidates, which do not include Odell Beckham, Jr. , which is not expected to be ready until October or November.
1) De Shane Jackson, 35 | 5 feet – 10, 175 pounds
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Jackson may be long in the tooth, having not had more than 400 shots in a single season since 2017, but it would almost make sense for him to join Dallas given the circumstances. In April he said he’s considering returning in 2022 for the right fit, and the star-wearing Cowboys’ constant killer looks like poetic justice. His only 100-yard game last season came against Dallas. He loves to show off on the AT&T field.
Washington would have been a deep threat to this club, which would have more distinguished receivers in CeeDee Lamb, Jalen Tolbert and eventually Michael Gallup. Jackson as a deep threat who might still be toppled at his advanced age fits in well with Dallas’ apparent attack of depth by role, with TJ Vasher as the red-zone threat and Kavontae Turpin as the instrumental man.
2) Will Fuller, 28 | 6 feet 184 pounds
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Fuller is another high-risk option, like Washington, but with much less time on the field due to suspension and injury. He only played in 55 games (of a possible 97) after being drafted in 2016, and only two last season. But his career average of 14.7 years is bewildering, as he is only 28 years old.
3) Cole Beasley, 33 | 5 feet 8 pounds 174 pounds
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After firing the organization during his time with Buffalo, could Beasley actually return to Dallas? He recently said he’d be interested in playing Dak Prescott again, but after Jerry Jones hinted that Amary Cooper’s stance on vaccination was part of the reason for giving it up, how could they sign Paisley, who also squandered time and became the FA Child Co-Child American for being anti-extremism?
As for performances on the field, Paisley had 82 catches last season, for the second year in a row, but his yard-per-receive average has dropped precipitously. In 2020, he’s 11.8, but his career is as low as 8.5 in 2021. That said, Dallas’ addition of a custom slot weapon will fit Lamb’s transition into a more frontier role.
4) TY Hilton, 32 | 5 feet – 10, 183 pounds
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Hilton made four consecutive Pro Bowls from 2014 through 2017 and led the NFL in gaining yards in 2016, but she was on the decline. Still, he’s remained a huge draw, averaging 14.4 yards last season despite dropping his receiving tally to just 23 in 10 games.
5) Emmanuel Sanders, 35 | 5 feet 11 and 178 pounds
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Sanders is another player who has spoken openly about considering retiring outside of last season, but has not officially handed over any papers to the league office. He played twice for the Pro Bowler, and played for the Bills in 2021, along with Beasley. He’s got 42 passes averaging 14.9 ypc from Josh Allen in a loaded attack, and he still shows his ability to contribute to a quality offense.
6) Willie Snead, 29 | 5 feet – 11, 200 pounds
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Snead never reached the heights or acknowledged the rest of these names, but he is a viable candidate nonetheless. His best seasons were his first two New Orleans start-ups, dropping 1,000 yards in 2015 and just shy of 900 in 2016. He was knocked out of duty the following year before moving on to pick up passes from Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson for three. Years and then time is split between Las Vegas and Carolina in 2021 with little to show for it.
6.5) Antonio Brown, 34 | 5 feet – 10, 185 pounds
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This stinks, but it needs to be mentioned… That’s why he only gets half a consideration.
Brown, after storming the field (while taking his clothes off) in his last game with the Tampa Bay Boss, may want to return to the field. Could it be adding desperation to the cowboys? If he can pull himself off the stage of performing rap that is it.
Brown even tried to get the Cowboys’ attention back in March.
The story originally appeared on Cowboys Wire
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