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How will the Dallas wide receivers shake out? - Footballguys

The Footballguys staff offers thoughts on the Dallas wide receiver situation

For years, Dez Bryant was the obvious WR1 in Dallas. With his departure, the arrival of Allen Hurns through free agency, and the drafting of Michael Gallup, the pecking order has not been established for 2018. Will one of the newcomers become Dak Prescott's primary target? Or does Terrance Williams have a shot at that job? Does Cole Beasley's role change? Can one of these guys be an every-week fantasy starter?

Jason Wood: There's a perception the Cowboys receiving corps was among the worst last year, and that's not accurate. They weren't good, but they weren't awful in most respects. As a unit, the wide receivers ranked 15th in receptions, 16th in targets, and 18th in catch rate. Where things took a tumble was in productivity as the receiver unit ranked just 30th in yards-per-reception average and 20th in touchdown rate.

The decision to part ways with Dez Bryant was met with mixed reviews, but statistically speaking, it was the right decision. The former Pro Bowler hadn't cracked 1,000 yards receiving since 2014, and his catch rate plummeted over the last three seasons. In 2017, Bryant's catch rate (52.3%) was worse than the Cowboys receiving corps on the whole (58.7%), and his 12.1 yards per catch wasn't demonstrably better than the pack (11.6).

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