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Cowboys OL Depth Could Be Bad News for Inexperienced TEs

This being the slowest portion of the NFL's year, there's no telling what Cowboys thoughts will cross our collective minds from now until in . Today, my mind has been on the rookie class, leading me first to and then the position.

Connor Williams' starting spot as the Cowboys left will have next to no impact on the Cowboys final at tight end, but their approach to balancing the numbers at both positions is important.

Well before adding a new tight end to a roster that won't feature for the first time in 15 years, the Cowboys signed Offensive Cam Fleming and Guard in , while also giving a new contract to Guard .

These additions sure feel more significant than the 137th overall pick the Cowboys spent on , who caught just 55 passes in 40 games played at Stanford.

Schultz shouldn't feel too far behind his teammates in TE Coach Doug Nussmeire's room. 's nine career catches covers the production of the other three TEs on the roster — , , and UDFA David Wells (San Diego State).

Geoff Swaim
TE Geoff Swaim

Regardless of which TEs make the final roster, the best thing they can do to get on the field for an seemingly moving to more open personnel is block in the . The Cowboys shouldn't shy away from establishing as their best offensive threat, even if opposing defenses know as much.

This is exactly the reasoning behind tightening up their suspect depth from 2017. A clear commitment to not only reintroducing Elliott through 16 games to the NFL, but protecting third-year , is potentially bad news for this hopeful group of Cowboys tight ends.

The Cowboys have used a player like Joe Looney as an extra lineman in lieu of a tight end plenty of times before, valuing this role and the swing ability from Looney enough to not only re-sign him but add another massive guard in Damien Mama too.

Mixing between spread looks and these “Jumbo” sets could be just the wrinkle the Cowboys need to maximize their talent on offense, of which they seemingly don't have much of at TE – something I have  hard time believing changes in Oxnard.

Rico Gathers, Rams
Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

Sure, Rico Gathers is a match up problem for defenders when in the pattern, and the type of target Prescott could use, but the completeness of his game will call into question how much the Cowboys get out of him in 2018.

Geoff Swaim and Dalton Schultz feel like the only safe bets, as of right now, to make the Cowboys roster. With Swaim taking strides each year since 2015, and Schultz having enough blocking experience out of college, these two TEs may be the perfect solution for the Cowboys to carry maximum OL talent into the season.

Given their track record of finding ready-made linemen, and not-so-ready tight ends behind Witten, can only hope this is the right direction for the Cowboys offense to go.

Sean Martin
Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
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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