We're doing a series to provide an outlook on the Cowboys' roster until training camp arrives. Episode 4, the tight ends.
Dalton Schultz is one of the greatest surprises for Cowboys fans in recent memories. The fourth-round pick was supposed to be Blake Jarwin's backup, but he took over the role of starter when Jarwin went down with an injury; Schultz suddenly became a very important piece for Kellen Moore's offense, exploring the middle of the field and the intermediate areas with underneath routes. He has the potential for a 900-yard season.
Outside of Schultz, though, there's not much to be excited about with the group. The immediate backup tends to be rookie Jake Ferguson, a fourth-round pick just like Dalton; but to expect him to contribute immediately is not a smart bet. Luckily, Dallas loves to use 11 personnel, and in this alignment, only Schultz will be on the field, with Ferguson rarely slotting in when the Cowboys go with 12 personnel.
The big problem, obviously, is if Schultz gets injured. Tight end, then, becomes a major weakness of the team.
The final spot will see Jeremy Sprinkle and Sean McKeon fighting for it, and while I give Sprinkle the advantage for knowing the offensive system since he's been with the team for two seasons now, I don't think Dallas fans should be excited with any of them. There's a reason why both of them are journeymen.
Tight end room grade: 3,5/5. An above-average starter but absolutely no depth.