Cowboys’ rookie WR Jalen Tolbert continues to gain confidence after debut vs. Giants

The third-rounder will look to improve on areas of special teams play while working on his connection with Cooper Rush.

Third-round pick, wide receiver Jalen Tolbert caught one pass for four yards in his NFL debut in the win over the Giants. But Tolbert also dropped a deep pass from quarterback Cooper Rush along the Cowboys’ sideline.

“I think it’s — to be honest with you — that’s two guys that don’t play a lot of football together,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said. “That was their first live snap of the vertical ball. So, I really like the route that he ran. I like the way that he pressed the leverage and probably could have stepped on his toes a little more. But for a young guy getting in his first game, I thought Jalen did some really good things.”

Tolbert’s biggest challenge to make the game-day roster is his ability to play on special teams. That was part of the reason why he was inactive the first two games.

“I’m more focused on him improving in the areas of special teams,” McCarthy said. “He’ll improve just with opportunities at the receiver position.”

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