Is Dallas Cowboys’ TJ Vasher the Next Red Raider Star NFL WR?
TJ Vasher had a solid career at Texas Tech before moving on to the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Dallas Cowboys in 2021. Vasher spent his rookie season on the IR and practice squad for the Cowboys as he fought through some injuries. But just as was often the case during his time as a Red Raider, people can't stop talking about Vasher's insane potential.
At Texas Tech, Vasher had more than 20 touchdowns and topped 500 yards three times, with a nearly 700-yard season in 2018. Even with that success, it always felt like there was more meat on the bone than fans were seeing. There were plenty of inconsistencies surrounding Vasher in his career, with injuries, a coaching change and a rotation of quarterbacks all hindering a peak Vasher.
However, we might finally see Vasher's true potential -- if Dallas Cowboys beat writers are to be believed, anyway.
Starting back in June, the Vasher hype train left the station with some writers speculating that Vasher was in a great spot to make the roster due to his size. It's something no other Cowboys receiver possesses.
Vasher then showed up to training camp with a Terrell Owens 'get your popcorn ready' t-shirt to set the tone of how his camp would go.
The hype train continued into camp as NFL people found Texas Tech highlights that showed the very best of Vasher. His ability to high point the football and body control to land in bounds was prevalent in Lubbock. Vasher just needs to prove he can still do that, and do it at the highest level.
The good news: he's doing just that.
A few days into training camp, Vasher made a classic one-handed grab for a touchdown over a guy who got a legit run last year for the Dallas Cowboys.
The acrobatic snag on the goal-line fade had the entire team celebrating. Here it is from another angle.
One more angle. Side note: I don't think Vasher has let go of that ball yet.
Vasher and fellow Big 12 alum KeVontae Turpin both excelled early in training camp.
Vasher has been able to stack success as well. Getting open and catching the ball is all you can do during training camp to be able to get a shot on the roster.
With an injury to former Oklahoma State Cowboys WR James Washington, the door is open for Vasher to take advantage and get some serious run with the Dallas Cowboys during the regular season. He's currently projected to be 4th on the depth chart.
The WR position has been a Red Raider strong point in the NFL with Dave Parks, Michael Crabtree, Wes Welker and Danny Amendola all leaving a mark on the NFL. Jakeem Grant and Cam Batson are also carving out roles in the current landscape of NFL teams.
Vasher has a chance to make an impact with the Dallas Cowboys. Erik Ezukanma has a great shot to be productive with the Miami Dolphins as a rookie. Even Antoine Wesley finds himself in a favorable position after the offseason news that DeAndre Hopkins would be out with a suspension to start the season. He's definitely making the most of it.