How will returning WRs fit in?

Cowboys wide receiver Lance Lenoir (14) catches a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders in a 2017 preseason game at AT&T Stadium.Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Williams, Beasley could redefine roles within Dallas offense

The WR position will be perhaps the most closely watched unit during Dallas Cowboys training camp.

Last week, we broke down the new pass-catchers on the roster. Dallas also has a couple of experienced WRs along with some intriguing possibilities.


Terrance Williams, sixth season in Dallas -- Williams has caught at least 44 balls in four of his five seasons as a Cowboy. In 2017, he hauled in 53 passes for 568 yards, but did not score. Oddly, Williams' lowest reception total came in 2014 when he caught 37 passes, but had a career-high 8 TDs. With the departures and arrivals of the off-season, Williams role will be a bit of a mystery going into the regular season, but he seems to be trending upward.

Cole Beasley, seventh season in Dallas -- Beasley's production was down in 2017 as he caught the fewest passes (36) since his rookie season in 2012. But he was a valuable target for Dak Prescott in 2016, when he had 75 catches for 833 yards and 5 TDs. He has been a thorn in the side of opposing defenses as he seemed to get open while defenders were worried about Bryant, Williams and Witten. That appears to be Beasley's best role no matter who's around him in the offense.

Noah Brown, second season in Dallas -- Brown, who was drafted in the seventh round in 2017, caught 4 passes for 33 yards as a rookie. That puts him slightly ahead of the pack of WRs fighting for a spot on the roster this preseason.


Lance Lenoir, second season in Dallas -- Lenoir, who signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent last year, caught a pair of passes for 49 yards and a TD in the final preseason game in 2017. He worked out with Prescott and a group of the Cowboys newcomers in Orlando in early July, which earned him credibility with the QB. Lenoir might be the best candidate to pleasantly surprise Dallas fans this season.

KD Cannon, first season in Dallas -- Cannon, who gave up his college eligibility after his junior season at Baylor, went undrafted in 2017. He was then picked up and waived by three teams before the season opener. Cannon was signed to the Cowboys' practice squad in late December and is trying to make the roster during this preseason. Although he has yet to catch on in the NFL, it's worth noting that once upon a time former Baylor coach Art Briles called Cannon the best high school WR he'd ever seen.