A hot topic surrounding the Dallas Cowboys all offseason was the state of their wide receiver corps. That after the team parted ways with star wideout Amari Cooper in a trade. They also allowed veteran receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. to leave the team via free agency.
With the exit of both Cooper and Wilson, many wondered how the Cowboys’ receiver corps would be able to duplicate the performance they had last season. Dallas tied for the second most passing yards in the NFL in 2021, averaging 282.4 yards per game through the air. The Cowboys also led the league in scoring averaging 31.2 points a contest.
The Dallas brass believed they could get the job done this year with receivers CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, and free-agent James Washington leading the way. But neither Gallup nor Washington has yet to see the field for the Cowboys this season due to injury.
Instead, Dallas has had to rely on some of their receiver depth to split their first two games, a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week One and a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals this past Sunday. The star receiver of the latter was Noah Brown, who recorded big play after big play for backup quarterback Cooper Rush.
Brown posted a stat-line of five receptions off five targets for 91 yards and the first touchdown of his six-year NFL career against the Bengals. It was a stellar performance for the 2017 seventh-round selection out of Ohio State, who has maintained his status on the team mainly as a run blocker and special teamer.
The 26-year old wideout made a recent appearance on The Cowboys Hour podcast, which is produced by the team’s official website, DallasCowboys.com. And during the show, Brown had this to say about one of the Cowboys’ rookie wide receivers, Dennis Houston.
” … something that Dennis Houston has really impressed me with, just his maturity level and his eagerness to get better and attention to detail. Even looking back at myself, I know I wasn’t like that when I first got here. It’s just a testament to him and I think he’s going to have a great future because of it.”Noah Brown on Dennis Houston via The Cowboys Hour podcast
Brown later gave an example of what makes Houston different.
“If Dennis runs a good route in practice and catches the ball and I come up to him and tell him ‘good route’ … he’ll tell me two other things that he could have done to improve the route or something he was frustrated with. So, to see that is kind of refreshing.”
Dennis Houston went undrafted out of Western Illinois this summer but earned an active roster spot with the Dallas Cowboys over their 2022 third-round selection, wide receiver Jalen Tolbert, who has been an inactive healthy scratch the first two games of the season so far.
Update: Unfortunately, it appears the Dallas Cowboys themselves don’t share Noah Brown’s high opinion of Dennis Houston. Just a couple hours after this story was published, the news broke that the Cowboys had waived Houston presumably to open up a roster spot for Michael Gallup. Hopefully, the team will bring Dennis back to the practice squad so he can continue to work on his game and connection with quarterback Dak Prescott.