The Dallas Cowboys could be lining up to sign one of the top receivers on the market.
According to RJ Ochoa of SB Nation’s Blogging the Boys, Will Fuller is “the most logical fit” for the Cowboys. The 28-year-old receiver was plagued with injuries in his first season with the Dolphins in Miami last year, appearing in just his two games.
Ochoa argues that Fuller’s deep threat ability, which the injured James Washington excels at, is the main reason the Cowboys should pursue the veteran receiver.
“Honestly, this seems like the most logical fit all things considered,” says Ochoa. “James Washington appears to present a serious threat option to the Cowboys’ offense. That’s how Will Fuller has achieved high levels of success throughout his NFL career.
After spending the first five seasons of his career with the Houston Texans, Fuller headed to the Miami Dolphins in 2021, playing just three games. A finger injury was part of it, but ultimately I couldn’t help but be intrigued by his talent and the particular type of weapon he brings to this offense.
Why Fuller Is A Cowboy’s Sleeper Signature
Before an injury-plagued 2021 campaign, Fuller recorded a breakout season with the Houston Texans in 2020. In just his 11 games, Fuller has scored 879 yards on 53 receptions (16.6 yards on 1 reception) and 8 touchdowns. Fuller actually ranked 6th in the league in yards per receiving and 10th in his yards per game receiving (79.9).
According to Pro Football Focus, Fuller recorded an elite-level offensive grade of 86.2 and a receiving grade of 85.0. His offensive grade actually ranked him 10th in the league, and his receiving grade ranked him 11th.
And Fuller’s 2020 season wasn’t a fluke. He previously posted his 81.2 offensive grade and his 81.1 receiving grade during the 2018 season.
The Cowboys will miss Washington, who was competing with rookie Jalen Tolbert to be the team’s No. 3 receiver. Next 6-10 weeks due to Jones fracture on his feet. Cowboys No. 2 receiver Michael Gallup is currently recovering from an ACL injury. Scheduled to miss Week 1 matchup vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Dallas will essentially have just one viable veteran receiver in CeeDee Lamb’s season opener. While the Cowboys have given no indication that they’re on the market for receivers, it’s logical for Dallas to play for veterans in the free agency market.
The former Texans receiver is likely the Cowboys’ best option at the moment, given that Fuller can get high upside for a cheap price.
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Jerry Jones: ‘No urgency’ to add veteran receiver
There is no urgency to add another veteran receiver on Jerry Jones’ side.
Shortly after Washington suffered a serious injury that could miss him in October, Jones revealed at the receiver that the Cowboys’ plans are moving forward.
“After James Washington broke his leg, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is on emergency level to get outside help at wide receiver: ‘Not at all. These guys, these young receivers.’ There’s a big opportunity in front of you: “There’s no rush to find a veteran receiver.”
Outside of Lamb, the Cowboys’ top remaining healthy receivers are Tolbert, Noah Brown, Simi Fejoko, TJ Vasher and Dennis Houston. Other than Brown, neither of these receivers have a single career reception to their name.
If there ever was a time for one of these young receivers to step up, it’s now.
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