OXNARD, California – One of the Dallas Cowboys’ most critical need spots is where the competition is heating up in a significant, major way. The wide receiver group had many unanswered questions heading into 2022 training camp after the four-time Pro Bowl receiver Amari Cooper was traded, Cedrick Wilson left for free agency, and Michael Gallup said it was “not reasonable.” to pencil him in for Week 1 while still recovering from an ACL tear sustained in 2021. There is now the opportunity for players like TJ Vasher to impress the team.
TJ Vasher did precisely that on Friday during the Cowboys’ third camp practice, to put it mildly. In a two-minute practice with quarterback Will Grier, Vasher and former second-round pick Kelvin Joseph squared up on a number of targets. On the first two occasions, Joseph prevailed over the young receiver, resulting in a pass breakup and an inaccurate pass.
During the third play, Grier lofted a dime into the back corner of the end zone that Vasher jumped to grab with one hand, reeled it into his body, and kept possession of the dime the entire play — while remaining in bounds.
— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) July 29, 2022
“I work on those things: attacking the ball. At my size, it’s something I need to be good at, but it’s also second nature,” TJ Vasher told the media after practice.
Vasher, a former standout receiver at Texas Tech, is no stranger to making plays, especially ones like the one described above. He was not drafted, though, and was instead signed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2021 as an undrafted. It’s a battle royale behind CeeDee Lamb and Gallup when he returns, though, as it has been noted that clear lanes have been opened for younger players like Vasher, rookie wideout Jalen Tolbert, veteran receiver James Washington, and even newly-signed return ace KaVontae Turpin to possibly grab some reps.
Asked if he’d been picking Lamb’s brain for advice on improving, he said yes.
“Me being a bigger guy? CeeDee is shifty, and I try to incorporate some of his game into mine,” Vasher said.
TJ Vasher – the catch of camp. pic.twitter.com/ithTH23Orj
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) July 29, 2022
After making a similar catch himself in the previous training camp, Lamb had one word to describe Vasher’s “Mossing” of Joseph.