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Cowboys TE Position Already an Asset, but Could it be Stronger?

With coming back from and having proven himself in his absence, the can view their position as an asset heading into the . As we continue our Position series, we'll discuss how reliable this TE group is and if Dallas needs to consider any moves to make it even stronger.

The Cowboys took a leap of faith by making Blake Jarwin their starting tight end for 2020, only to lose him in the 2nd Quarter of their first game. Little did we know at that point how much would dominate the season, as Jarwin's became just one of many to send Dallas into an early-season spiral.

Dalton Schultz, after two invisible seasons on the roster, surprisingly stepped up with this opportunity. He finished 6th among NFL tight ends with 63 catches and 11th with his 615 yards. Those numbers would've been higher had not been lost at .

With both Jarwin and Schultz under contract for 2021, the Cowboys are left in a solid position at tight end. Here's the complete outlook for the position based on contracts:

2021 Tight End Contract Statuses

U = Unrestricted, R = Restricted, E = Exclusive Rights

There are really onto two decisions facing Dallas when it comes to the TE position. One is with veteran Blake Bell; do they bring the 29-year-old back or do they turn the depth spots over to younger talent?

Bell was signed last year to provide experienced depth after winning a as 's backup in Kansas City. He ended up getting passed on the by Schultz and remaining in a bit role despite Jarwin's injury, but Bell still played on about 30% of the offensive snaps as a blocker and rare receiving target.

As Bell turns 30 in August, Dallas may choose to focus on developing some of their prospects. They've had Cole Hikutini on the the last two seasons and Sean McKeon joined in 2020 as an . And of course, there will be a new crop of rookie talent and low-cost free agents available this .

The other decision is about the top of the depth chart; should the Cowboys be content with Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz or should they try to get even stronger at tight end?

Florida TE

A very possible scenario for the Cowboys in 2021 is being on the clock with the 10th overall pick and having Florida TE Kyle Pitts available. The athletic 6'6″ receiving threat is drawing comparisons to the Raiders' Darren Waller, a Pro Bowler who helped plenty of folks win their fantasy leagues the last two seasons.

The chance to add a talent like Pitts at age 20 will be hard to pass up. It would put the Cowboys in the same position as 2020 when they had WR fall in their laps and chose him over positions of greater need.

Sure, there's still hope that Blake Jarwin can be a breakout star in Dallas . But Pitts should be an immediate upgrade over Schultz in 2021 and give the Cowboys nice flexibility at the position for the next four seasons.

But with major concerns on the and on , not to mention having neither Dak Prescott or under contract yet for 2021, Dallas may decide that drafting a tight end is a luxury they can't afford. If so, it will be because of their confidence in Jarwin and Schultz to handle things next season.

It's a reasonable assertion so long as the receiving trio of Lamb, , and are still around next year. Schultz benefitted from their presence in 2020 even with the QB and OL issues that rocked the offense.

Even if adding Kyle Pitts becomes a real option, the Cowboys can reasonably use that pick elsewhere and feel good about what their current tight ends might do in 2021. That's a nice place to be this offseason with so many other big issues at other positions.

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Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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