The third-round pick from Southern Alabama has been a healthy scratch in all but one game this season for the Cowboys. I try to stay on top of any news that might suggest why Jalen Tolbert is simply becoming an inactive regular. Even before the return of Michael Gallup against Washington in Week 4, Tolbert was only active against the Giants.
The reason it may have been active in week three could be that Gallup and Dalton Schultz were out, and the team desperately needed pass catchers. Even then, he only caught one pass for four yards.
My prediction for this season was that he would sit as WR2 until Gallup returned. This role went to Noah Brownwhich has been amazing to start the season.
Tolbert was a top 100 pick; you’d like to think he should be on the pitch if he’s not injured.
Maybe Tolbert is right behind trying to pick up the offenseand if so, maybe the Cowboys and Kellen Moore can come up with a package that will work for him. Even if he plays a minor role, as we saw against New York, you bring him on the field so that he at least gains confidence.
We are not around the team daily or in training to find out what can happen. It’s starting to feel like with the return of Gallup and Simi Fehoko to be able to produce special teams, it could be a long time to see him again this season. Unless Tolbert makes a considerable leap by the end of the season.
When you think about it, the Cowboys will most likely dress five wide receivers for the rest of the season, with the top three in Lamb CeeDeeGallup and Brown as wide receivers. KaVontae Turpin and Fehoko are two others who spend most of their time on special teams, and Turpin is the comeback specialist for the Cowboys; we all know that.