The Cowboys have activated a rookie wide receiver and released a veteran wide receiver, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The 7-2 Dallas Cowboys have made a couple of minor roster moves as they prepare for what could be the most important game of the season, a Sunday road matchup against the 6-4 Kansas City Chiefs.
According to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys activated rookie wide receiver Osirus Mitchell to the practice squad on Tuesday, November 16, and released veteran wide receiver Damil Ratley from the taxi squad in a corresponding transaction.
Mitchell had been on the practice squad’s injured list with a sprained foot previously.
Following injuries to starting wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, Ratley was signed in September.
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The 23-year-old joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent this past May.
After being waived at final cuts and re-signed to the practice squad, he participated in the club’s offseason program.
Mitchell (6-5, 210) caught 107 passes for 1,413 yards and 14 touchdowns in 36 career appearances at Mississippi State.
He was projected to be a late-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Mitchell was described as a “large, game-controlling receiver with reliable hands” by Tony Pauline of the Pro Football Network in his pre-draft scouting profile.
“Continues to return to the ball to make himself an available target, exposes himself to the big hit in order to come away with the reception, and makes the difficult catch in a crowded environment.”
Separates from defenders with his hands, snatches the ball from the air, and turns upfield quickly after the catch.
Adjusts to the errant throw and reaches back for the pass with strong hands.
“Mitchell is a big-bodied possession receiver who excels at the small things, but he’ll struggle to separate at the next level.”
His ball-catching consistency and red-zone threat potential could help him earn a roster spot as a fifth receiver.”
Mitchell joins Robert Foster and Brandon Smith as the third wideout on the Dallas practice squad.
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