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Cowboys Could Feature TE Blake Jarwin over Dalton Schultz Vs. Giants

When the lost starting QB last season, their skill position players foreshadowed the type of this year's team has played with backups at both QB and on the . With Prescott spreading the ball around thanks to great scheming by OC , the Cowboys have split time between TEs and almost evenly, using their embarrassment of riches on this side of the ball to keep defenses guessing.

Schultz stepped up in the absence of Jarwin last season, catching 63 passes for 615 yards and four touchdowns. Through four games, Schultz already has three touchdowns and is averaging just over 10 yards per catch.

To say Schultz has replaced Jarwin as the Cowboys starter doesn't tell the full story on how they've used two tight ends to keep a passing threat on the field in run formations. This has opened up space for and on the ground, though the Cowboys may favor more power runs against a Giants team that gave up 120 yards on 26 carries to and the Saints in their last game.

If the Cowboys run game picks up where it left off against the Panthers – who came into the week four meeting as the league's top rushing – there should be opportunities for big plays on the outside. Not only do the Cowboys have a good matchup with WRs and against and Adoree Jackson, but Moore can take a page from the 20-point win over the Eagles to get his tight ends involved.

Cowboys Could Feature TE Blake Jarwin over Dalton Schultz Vs. Giants

The Cowboys wore out the Eagles linebackers in the pass game to set the tone early in their first East game. Looking at Blake Jarwin's against the Giants is as good a starting point as any for the Cowboys to add to their division lead doing more of the same on Sunday.

Jarwin has caught a touchdown in every game he's played against the Giants, connecting on three scoring passes with Prescott in a win at New York in 2018. The Cowboys went into the that year thinking they had their TE of the future, now seeing Schultz push Jarwin for targets. Jarwin did catch his first touchdown of the season against Carolina, his ninth catch of the year.

It's Jarwin's speed as a seam threat that make him a weapon for Prescott, and exposing the Giants front seven is what the product has done best. New York lost a starting two weeks ago in a home loss to the Falcons, when Blake Martinez tore his ACL. Martinez was the Giants' leading tackler, replaced by Reggie Ragland and Tae Crowder – the last pick of the 2020 Draft.

Prescott's average depth of target has dipped this season as the Cowboys are finding more efficient ways to get the ball out of his hands and into their playmakers. This is where Schultz has thrived as a reliable target both in the flat and over the middle. Big plays to Cooper and Lamb have lessened the need for Jarwin to be a vertical threat.

Whether or not that changes this week is up to Moore, with the flexibility of his game plans being one of the biggest reasons the Cowboys are off to a 3-1 start. Long gone are the days of Dallas lining up predictably on offense in hopes of simply beating the man across from them, instead “aggressively taking what the defense gives them”.

If history is any indicator, the Giants defense will give Blake Jarwin a chance to break this game and help the Cowboys establish a gap between themselves and the rest of the division as early as week five. The added redemption for Prescott facing the Giants for the first time since his may be all the motivation needed to maintain their 31.5 PPG pace, good for fourth best in the league, against a defense surrendering 23.8 PPG.

The Giants have given up a receiving touchdown to every they've faced this season, including UDFA Juwan Johnson, Ricky Seals-Jones, and Adam Okwuegbunam. While some fans may not be able to separate these names from Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz, they may very well have a reason to following FOX's America's Game of the Week with the Giants at .

Sean Martin
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 every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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