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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Cowboys nation has to feel good knowing Ezekiel Elliott will be on the field full time next season. That will really help this franchise get back on track but there are also some concerns with the lack of receiver production in Dallas. Dez Brant led the Cowboys in receptions (69), receiving yards (838), and touchdowns (6) but the truth is those aren’t good enough numbers to be a number 1 receiver. Bryant can still make a notable impact however the Cowboys would benefit greatly from adding another playmaker out wide. Jerry Jones could decide to take a risk on a lower priced player with a lot of upside like Josh Gordon. If Gordon can avoid any off the field setbacks he would end up being a steal for Dallas. This organization also could go in the complete opposite direction and try to acquire a high end free agent like Sammy Watkins. The other possibility is the Cowboys try to draft their next great pass catcher. America’s team is drafting in the 19th spot so selecting Calvin Ridley is an option that’s definitely on the table. Another scenario might be addressing some other position in the first round and then going after Antonio Callaway with the number 50 pick. It feels like that is less likely to happen and if Ridley is there when the Cowboys are on the clock it’s easy to believe that’s the choice they’ll end up going with. Nobody coming out of college has more star power at the wide receiver position than the former Alabama alum. Jason Garrett has to find a way to improve his defense through free agency which opens up the draft to handle the offense early on. Ridley and then Maurice Hurst as their next draft choice would really set the tone for the Big D especially if Demarcus Lawrence is leaving town.
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