Cut and Exposed ;Jake Ferguson after beeb cut his now Banished from the team;…..SEE WHY’

Cut and Exposed ;Jake Ferguson after beeb cut his now Banished from the team;…..SEE WHY’

On Sunday, former Miami (FL) basketball star Haley Cavinder posted a not-so-subtle snap of herself on Instagram in Dallas Cowboys gear. She looked flawless in a Cowboys crop top and a short jean skirt. The boots are… a lot. She captioned the post, “How bout them cowboys.”

In a Dallas Cowboys offense loaded with talent, the tight end position looked like the biggest question mark entering the year.

Dalton Schultz, the Cowboys’ starting tight end for the last three years, moved across the state in free agency, leaving the team with some uncertainty.

Jake Ferguson solved that. And now he’s going to the Pro Bowl Games in Orlando.

With Ferguson stepping into a larger role this season, expectations were high for the former fourth-round pick. So when Pro Football Focus listed its top breakout candidates for each team, the Cowboys’ choice was clear.

PFF was right. And so was Dallas, as Ferguson played with power and flair in serving veteran quarterback in Dak Prescott in a way that made him the team’s second best target behind CeeDee Lamb.

The Cowboys, led by All-Pros Lamb and Micah Parsons, will have nine participants in Orlando with Zack Martin reportedly backing out for personal reasons.

The 2024 offseason comes with many question marks for the Dallas Cowboys roster, but the tight end position is one they won’t need to worry over. Thanks to Jake Ferguson’s ascension as the starter and young depth under contract, TE is one of the team’s strengths as it prepares for its next campaign.

Ferguson’s excellent first year as TE1 was just capped with being named a Pro Bowl alternate. Just two seasons in, the former fourth-round pick has already made us forget Dalton Schultz and looks like the best to man the position since Jason Witten. He’s also one of the team’s best bargains on a Day 3 rookie contract; even a likely bump in pay from performance escalators won’t change that.

You almost have to feel bad for Luke Schoonmaker, who didn’t ask to be drafted in the second round or by a team that already had its guy. He’ll have a hard time justifying the draft position in Ferguson’s shadow, but the front office deserves the criticism there. At the very least, Schoonmaker is a talented backup who’s also provided solid work as a run blocker. His offensive role could expand in his second season and allow Dallas to exploit matchup problems.

Even beyond the top two, things are pretty solid overall. Peyton Hendershot has proven effective when targeted and a good runner after the catch. We’re also intrigued to see if John Stephens Jr., a TE/WR hybrid, can come back from a preseason ACL tear and build on the strong receiving work he showed last year. Prospect Princeton Fant, an undrafted free agent last year, is also back after spending 2023 on the practice squad.

One thing we can almost guarantee this spring is that Dallas won’t be making any big moves at tight end. Their top two are set and they could ride with the current depth. At most, we’ll probably see them add a few camp bodies from this year’s UDFA crop or maybe a very late-round pick for a player they really like.

If the Cowboys were to make any move in free agency, it might be to re-sign Sean McKeon for experienced depth or bring in someone with more proven blocking ability. That is the one issue with Hendershot and Stephens as depth options, which could be a factor as improving the run will be an offseason focus for the team.

Whatever minor tweaks come, Jake Ferguson and Luke Schoonmaker make life relatively easy for Dallas’ front office this offseason. The Cowboys can direct attention and resources elsewhere on the roster, confident in what they’ve already established at the top of the TE depth chart.

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