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Cowboys Camp Preview: Tight End

With all the attention the Cowboys star trio of wide receivers draws, it's easy to lose sight of their talent at tight end. Losing starter Blake Jarwin in the first game of the season, the Cowboys saw Dalton Schultz develop into a threat with 63 catches and four touchdowns. Schultz caught a season high nine passes in week two, the Cowboys first game without Jarwin.

will now have both Jarwin and Schultz to call plays for, creating mismatches against linebackers while also using them in the run game. Entering his second season, the Cowboys tight ends will be coached by Lunda Wells.

Getting to Know Lunda Wells

Wells took over for when he vacated the Cowboys TE position to switch to QB. His experience in the NFL comes from the , coaching with the Giants since 2012. Starting as an offensive assistant, Wells was an assistant OL coach from 2013-17 before coaching Evan Engram and the Giants' TEs.

and tight end aren't exactly positions the Giants have been known for recently, though the personnel Wells was given to work with was subpar as well. While former Cowboys HC is working to change the Giants' outlook at these positions now, Wells finds himself with and Moore looking to develop two promising TEs both with starting potential.

Returning Players at Tight End

Along with Jarwin and Schultz, the Cowboys return at tight end. In just a few days, the Cowboys will provide their first look at how they plan to utilize these three TEs at . Whether or not Jarwin's name is written in ink atop the is a fair question given Schultz's performance in 2020.

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Jarwin's ability as a seam threat fits 's skills very well, where Schultz's production came primarily with at QB.

The Cowboys have been at their best on in 11 personnel for some time, meaning only one tight end will see the field. McKeon is hoping to keep his name in this discussion as a UDFA from last season. Elevated from fourth string to third after Jarwin's , McKeon took advantage of the opportunity as a player.

New Players at Tight End

The Cowboys entered the with speculation that a up for Florida TE was in play, instead waiting until after the draft was complete to address the position. The team will head to with Michigan's Nick Eubanks and TCU's Artayvious Lynn as UDFAs, as well as FA addition .

Eubanks has the size and speed for the position, but struggled to carry a strong 2018 collegiate season into his upperclassman years. Lynn projects as a blocking tight end with some big play potential, impressing at his nearby TCU to earn this opportunity with the Cowboys.

Sprinkle is a former fifth round pick by Washington out of Arkansas. Stuck behind Vernon Davis and on the depth chart to start his career, Sprinkle started 19 games over the last two seasons and hauled in 27 passes. There is still untapped potential in Sprinkle, but he faces a similar uphill battle for playing time as he did to start his career.

Better or Worse? Cowboys Tight Ends

From Staff Writer Jess Haynie's series on if the Cowboys are better or worse at each position for 2021:

Whether or not Dallas keeps a fourth TE in 2021 is hard to say. They could be hard-pressed to if they want a third QB or to go long at WR. Given WR ’s skills as a blocker and in special teams units, going long at TE seems the least likely scenario.

That leaves UDFAs Eubanks and Lynn, plus last year’s undrafted prospect Sean McKeon, battling it out for what will probably be just one or two spots on the .

The fact the Cowboys can have a healthy competition at TE while falling on some experience in the starting roles for Jarwin and Schultz makes them better off this season. Seeing Jarwin on the field at training camp will be just another reminder of how deep this Cowboys offense is.

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Sean Martin

Written by Sean Martin

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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