How WR Jalen Tolbert Fits in the Cowboys Offense

Rookie Minicamp is underway for the Cowboys. All nine of the Cowboys’ newly acquired players are out on the field for offseason workouts. Even LSU Linebacker Damone Clark is out on the field taking “mental reps” coming off of spinal fusion surgery.

One player Cowboys fans seem to have taken a keen interest in is WR Jalen Tolbert, the 88th pick out of South Alabama. For good reason, Cowboys fans wonder where Tolbert fits in an offense that lost two of its top four receivers this past offseason with the departure of Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson. 

Tolbert wasn’t one of the names that were consistently linked to the Cowboys through the pre-draft process, but when he was there for the taking at pick 88 it was a no-brainer to add a playmaker to the offense.

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Where does Jalen Tolbert fit in this Cowboys offense?

In a perfect world, Tolbert steps into the WR2 role opposite of Ceedee Lamb and makes an impact while Michael Gallup rehabs his way back onto the field from a torn ACL. But that doesn’t feel like the right thing to do, lean on a 3rd round pick to make an immediate impact as a number two receiver. 

Tolbert does make this offense better simply with his ability to play on the outside. Allowing Ceedee Lamb to move to the slot and give the Cowboys favorable matchups on the inside. Aside from where he plays on the field, he is a heck of a player with reliable hands, and big-play ability and thrives in contested catch situations. 

This past season at South Alabama he totaled 82 catches for 1,474 yards and 8 touchdowns. Some of his most impressive work came in a game against Coastal Carolina where he totaled 10 catches for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has big-play ability and will benefit from an NFL Quarterback getting him the ball.

The expectation should be that Tolbert steps into the third wide receiver spot behind Ceedee Lamb and James Washington. In 2022 Tolbert will likely fill that Cedrick Wilson role where we saw Dak go his way in crucial situations. It’ll be up to Dak Prescott and Kellen Moore to ensure that the Cowboys’ third-round pick makes an impact in 2022.

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