Cedrick Wilson

Cowboys Place Rookie WR Cedrick Wilson On IR

Cowboys rookie Cedrick Wilson won’t make his NFL debut until at least 2019. The team placed the wideout on the injured reserve today, according to Calvin Watkins of The Athletic (via Twitter). The team has signed receiver Ricky Jeune to take the open roster spot (via Watkins).

The Cowboys selected Wilson with a sixth-round pick in this past year’s draft. The six-foot-three wideout had two productive seasons at Boise State, hauling in 139 receptions for 2,640 yards, and 18 touchdowns in 26 games. He also served as one of the team’s kick returners, averaging 23.9 yards on 31 returns. The rookie suffered an injury in a recent practice, and ESPN’s Todd Archer tweets that the receiver will eventually undergo surgery to repair a “subluxation issue” in his shoulder.

Jeune, also six-foot-three, was expected to be a late-round pick in this past year’s draft following a productive career with Georgia Tech. The wideout ultimately went undrafted before landing with the Rams after the draft. He was waived earlier this week, and he landed a workout with Dallas earlier today.

The 24-year-old will likely battle with Noah Brown, Lance Lenoir, and K.D. Cannon for one of the Cowboys’ final roster spots.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Elliott, Eagles

Todd Gurley‘s new deal with the Rams is great news for Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, Charean Williams of PFT writes.

I think it’s great for running back position which has been devalued in the past couple of years,” Elliott said. “You have seen a trend of running backs being picked high, and after they have been picked high, their team has gotten better. So I think the league is finally noticing the value of the running back.”

Gurley’s new four-year, ~$60MM deal includes $45MM guaranteed and may set a new standard for talented running backs like Elliott. The Cowboys will have to shell out more money than previously anticipated to lock up Elliott for the long term, but the good news is that they don’t have to worry about a new deal right away. Barring something unexpected, the Cowboys will pick up Elliott’s fifth-year option for 2021. After that, they’ll have to address his next contract.

Here’s more from the NFC East:

  • Cowboys rookie wide receiver Cedrick Wilson is believed to have torn the labrum in his shoulder in practice, sources tell Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). If the sixth rounder misses significant time, it’ll be a blow to the Cowboys’ WR depth. A timetable has not been determined, but owner Jerry Jones confirmed that he’ll be out for a while (Twitter link via Jon Machota of the Dallas News).
  • After participating fully in training camp, quarterback Carson Wentz looks like a good bet for the Eagles‘ opener, Les Bowen of the Philly News writes. The Eagles won’t put a timetable on Wentz, but offensive coordinator Mike Groh admits that he is encouraged by what he’s seen. “He looks comfortable,” Groh said. “Just settled right back into the saddle … to have Carson there — in some people’s minds ahead of schedule, but I know that was his target date — we’re excited to have him out there and working. It’s only going to make everybody better.”
  • Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer wonders if Michael Bennett is willing to take a lesser role with the Eagles‘ defensive line. Bennett, who came over from the Seahawks this offseason, says that he is angling to be the leading defensive producer for the Eagles. Meanwhile, hi usage and production will likely dictate his long-term future with the team. Bennett is under contract with the team through 2020, but he has no guaranteed cash remaining on his deal after 2019. If he stays with the team on his current pact, he’ll carry a $7MM cap number in 2019 and an $8MM figure in 2020.

Cowboys Sign 8 Draft Choices

The Cowboys now have all but one of their nine 2018 draft choices signed. Headlined by linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas reached agreements with everyone but third-round wide receiver Michael Gallup on Friday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. Here’s the full list of signees:

The structure of the Boise State product’s contract slightly held up the team’s proceedings with its top draft investment, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill (Twitter link), but he’s now signed up. Vander Esch will earn approximately $11.847MM and collect a $6.696MM signing bonus.

Vander Esch met with numerous teams that held picks in the middle of the first round, and despite needs at both pass-catching positions, the Cowboys selected the Mountain West Conference standout. Connor Williams also didn’t play a position of dire need, given Dallas’ three All-Pro linemen, but he’s now in the mix for the team’s left guard spot.

Despite being unsigned, Gallup is working out at the Cowboys’ rookie minicamp on Friday. Many third-round picks around the league have yet to sign. This is an annual tradition due to the CBA’s gray area regarding third-rounders’ compensation.