FRISCO, Texas — A year before, the Dallas Cowboys chosen to take a look at a wide-receiver-by-committee choice to restore Dez Bryant‘s production.

They signed Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson at no service following their enormous swing for Sammy Watkins failed to connect. They hoped Terrance Williams may be a factor despite offseason foot surgery. They knew what they had in Cole Beasley. They drafted Michael Gallup at the next round. They traded for Tavon Austin. In season, they attracted back Brice Butler to get a little bit of a jog.

The committee effort collapsed and the Cowboys didn’t locate any genuine passing game grip until they traded with the Raiders to get Amari Cooper after six regular season games.

On Tuesday, Beasley officially said goodbye to this Cowboys, agreeing to some four-year manage the Buffalo Bills that guaranteed him 14.4 million.

The Cowboys will must start replacement Beasley’s production. Sniff at that if you would like, however Beasley, 2-9, was Dak Prescott‘s favourite receiver, grabbing 75 moves in 20-16 and 65 moves last season. Beasley’s numbers tumbled in 2017 (36 grabs ) mostly as the Cowboys’ entire passing game struggled.

There are free agency alternatives available, such as Golden ta te , who is elderly than Beasley however has already been productive and it has made plays in big games. As the Cowboys re signed Austin to a one-year bargain on Thursday, he has perhaps not been as productive as Beasley over the years.

There’s always the draft, even with players such as Deebo Samuel and Andy Isabella expected to be around when the Cowboys make their first choice in the next round, No. 58 overall. (Quick aside — early inspections will be the Cowboys do not seem completely enamored with Isabella, however there’s quite a way to go at the draft process.)

Then there will be the players on the roster.

The Cowboys desire to maneuver Cooper all around the formation, including using him in the slot, and that is likely to be first-year offensive planner Kellen Moore’s task.

“Our tutors have had a chance to settle back and see what he can do, how he can improve in many areas of his game because he’s going to be multifaceted for uspersonally,” Cowboys owner and general manager said by the scouting combine. “He can have lots of position flex to people. There are a few things he does, his capacity to conduct routes, his capacity to get out of routes, his size, his difficulty in decreasing. Once you take a look at all that, what we’re doing — to offer you a heads up — is how we’re considering all around the area. And that is the secret .”

The Cowboys recently chose up Hurns’ 20-19 contract option however, it did not come with any guaranteed money, and also the Cowboys could look to lower Hurns’ $4 million base wages at some point.

Hurns caught 20 passes for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns last season after four years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, also he suffered a gruesome dislocated ankle in the wild card win from your Seattle Seahawks.

“When you glance at Hurns and that which he had been at Jacksonville, he had been a slot [receiver],” executive vice president said at the combination. “He’s certainly an alternative if we lose Beasley in relation to filling that job, however, we’ll simply have to see how that performs .”

Coach said Hurns must be prepared to go for training camp, however there isn’t any telling how Hurns can appear coming from that trauma. Hurns might not be different from Beasley concerning size and quickness, therefore that will have to lead to some adjustments in how the Cowboys operate from this slotmachine.

Gallup isn’t a slot player. He’s an outside receiver. Noah Brown isn’t a slot player. The coaches and personnel folks like Lance Lenoir, however he has not caught a pass in a regular season match. The Cowboys signed Devin Smith, a 2015 second-round selection of this ny Jetsinto a futures contract in January, however he has not caught a pass in a match in a couple of years.

The Cowboys shot Cedrick Wilson in the sixth round of the past season’s draft, but his rookie season ended a couple days to training camp as a result of shoulder injury. Banking within a sixth-rounder who faced an uphill struggle to make the roster 2018 for a regular contributor in 20-19 seems a little .

Also, Jason Witten‘s return could mitigate a number of Beasley’s loss, as may the continuing development of the tight end, Blake Jarwin.

After building the team in 2012 being an undrafted free agent, Beasley found himself like a regular contributor out of 2013 through 2018. Within his past six seasons, he averaged 51 grabs for 524 yards and four touchdowns annually in an offense that had, sometimes, Witten, Bryant and league-leading rushers in DeMarco Murray and Ezekiel Elliott.

For the Cowboys to have success moving the committee path in replacing Beasley, it’ll have to work better than it did in the first six matches last season.