KaVontae Turpin will play a role in attack this season

KaVontae Turpin will play a role in attack this season

If there’s a big surprise this year for the Dallas Cowboys, it’s wide receiver KaVontae Turpin. Having arrived precisely at the organization at the end of July from the USFL, the objective of acquiring the boy was to work as a punt catcher. Therefore, an absolute role in John Fassel’s special teams is expected. However, the team can also use the 26-year-old in attacking play.

According to Kellen Moore, Turpin has what it takes to work the offense smoothly. “It’s been fantastic to watch him become a catcher,” Moore told reporters Monday afternoon. “We totally see him as a receiver, we think he’s going to be able to play a role up front.”

Adding Turpin and maybe giving him some shots in the offensive game has to do with several interest factors. The first is that the body as such is in reconstruction. Following the departures of Amari Cooper, Cedrick Wilson Jr. and Malik Turner, the organization is fully counting on CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup to fill these gaps. During free agency, the Lone Star team also retained the services of James Washington.

However, Gallup is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Week 17 of the 2021 season. Additionally, James Washington broke his right foot during the first days of training at Oxnard. In the case of the latter, it has been commented that he could be out for six to ten weeks. Faced with this eventuality, it was the young people who had to come forward. And among them is Turpin himself, who in the same training camp worked on the post.

Regardless, the Cowboys’ receiving corps currently has seven players in total, with Turpin making the final roster. With him, there are clearly Lamb, Gallup (who would be in the field sooner than we thought), Noah Brown, Simi Fehoko and rookies Jalen Tolbert and Dennis Houston. A group that promises to be quite young but eager for victory, as we have seen in some of them during the pre-season clashes.

Turpin earned his spot on the 53-man roster thanks to his great work in Game 2 of the preseason against the Chargers. As mentioned, the goal of bringing him to the Cowboys was to work as a punt receiver. Well, he had a 98-yard touchdown on an opposing kick return in the first quarter. But that would not be all, he would score again, only on an 86-yard punt return just before halftime. After this presentation, the technical staff chose to keep him for the rest of the match, since he had nothing more to prove.

Likewise, during pre-season duels in some shots, he was working as a receiver. Obviously, given the team’s current situation at the post, they’re going to need all the help they can get. Turpin is a player who has earned his place and they believe he could contribute a lot more if needed.

Now, it all depends on what offensive coordinator Kellen Moore decides this Sunday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s almost certain that KaVontae will see at least a few snaps working as a backup item. We will see if he surprises at the post as he did superbly in the special teams. This is a golden opportunity for the player and clearly not going to be missed.

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