Optimism WR? Rate Tyler Smith?
Why talk so much about wide reception depth? Granted, a few injuries to major players in the receivers room, but plenty of young talent that needs a chance to shine. I wouldn’t add another WR for a few preseason games and then maybe not. Young people need to be given a chance. I see a lot of potential there. What do you think? – JEFFREY WILLIAMS / ABILENE, TX
Robin: It’s more of a talking point this offseason because it’s not just Amari Cooper’s trade. It’s not yet entirely clear when Michael Gallup will return after knee surgery, although the team seems optimistic it will be in September. That’s a ton of production to replace, at least initially. And I think there’s some general trepidation among fans, in part because Dez Bryant’s replacement in 2018 didn’t go so well until they traded for Cooper that season. The difference here is that they didn’t have a Pro Bowl-caliber receiver to step in at the time. CeeDee Lamb is at that level now. And I think Jalen Tolbert really has starting potential. But I understand why there is some uncertainty about the receiver from the outside.
David: I think the front office agrees with your assessment, and that’s what ultimately matters. But it’s hard to shake my memories of what that receiver corps looked like when Amari Cooper contracted COVID and CeeDee Lamb missed time with a concussion. Not pretty. That said, I don’t think they need to add a guy yet. Just something to watch out for.
Honest impression of Tyler Smith during OTAs so far? His feet, his strength, his speed, etc. Does he look the part? – RON ALTON/ CINNAMINSON, NJ
Robin: Honest impression after two workouts without leggings: Yes, Smith was impressive. All talk about his strength is real. This was noticeable at tackle and guard. Los Angeles native Tyron Smith earned the nickname “Hotel California” for his heavy hands, which basically means the defender is powerless once he engages with you. (As the song goes, “You can check anytime but you can never leave.”) Tyler Smith also seems to have that edge for his game. Micah Parsons noted his strength after Thursday’s practice.
David: I agree with everything Rob said. He looks like he belongs, there is no doubt. But as Rob also mentioned, let’s not lose our heads about two OTAs. Things are going to change drastically when the pads continue – and then again when he starts taking on the likes of Vita Vea, Javon Hargrave and Aaron Donald. But yeah, so far I’m very impressed with Tyler Smith.