More

    Dalton Schultz’s Big Day Helps Cowboys Shock the Falcons

    , entering his third season with the in 2020, went into without a clear role or identity with the team. But a little over a month later, he is now the starter and just had a huge performance to help Dallas pull off their stunning comeback victory over the yesterday.

    Schultz was the next man up after was lost for the season with an ACL last week. Last week against the Rams, Dalton was targeted only four times and produced one catch for 11 yards.

    Many were clamoring for the Cowboys to make a move at tight end this week. Whether it was veteran like Delanie Walker or Charles Clay, moving WR to the TE position, or even trading for a familiar face like (Titans), the idea of just riding with Schultz wasn't satisfying.

    But even with the limited information we got out of training camp in 2020, and especially with the absence of games to evaluate, Dalton was still a guy that we heard good things about. He did enough in camp to take a firm hold of the second spot on the TE even after Dallas signed veteran , who won a as Travis Kelce's backup in Kansas City.

    Yesterday, starting his first game as the Cowboys number-one TE, Schultz had nine catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. It not only helped Dallas mount their big comeback over Atlanta but also went in the books as one of the biggest productions days by a Cowboys tight end in recent .

    didn't have a single game last year with as many catches or yards as Dalton Schultz put up yesterday. In fact, you'd have to go back to Week 2 of the for Witten's last statistical performance that bested Schultz (10 rec, 97 yds, 1 TD vs Denver).

    Even if you combine Witten and Blake Jarwin's stats from 2019 you will only find a couple of games where they collectively put together stats that rivaled what Schultz did on Sunday.

    Granted, it was only one game. This certainly isn't any kind of assertion about the kind of player Schultz is now or will ever be compared to a legend like Witten.

    Dalton Schultz
    Dallas Cowboys TE Dalton Schultz (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

    But with his performance yesterday, Dalton Schultz gave the Cowboys a glimpse of potential like Blake Jarwin did in the 2018 finale. If it hadn't been for Witten's surprising return last year from , Jarwin was likely going to be handed the starting TE job in 2019 just like he was this season.

    Now Dalton has all of 2020, with a contract year coming up in 2021, to prove what he might offer the Cowboys as a long-term option. And if yesterday's game was any indication, Schultz could be in for a career-changing season.

    Remember, this was a guy who we'd heard almost nothing from since being selected in the 4th Round of the 2018 . After just 12 catches in his rookie year, Schultz was buried in 2019 under Witten and Jarwin and only had a single catch for six yards.

    Yesterday gave Dalton his first career touchdown in the NFL. And with opposing defenses having to focus on stopping , , , , and perhaps even when the Cowboys get near the endzone, Schultz is going to get plenty of favorable matchups and opportunities to score.

    Of course, and as was already admitted, yesterday may have just been an anomaly. Dalton may never have another game close to this one, and perhaps he doesn't even see that fourth season of his rookie contract. This can still go in a very different direction; just another one-game wonder who fantasy owners will soon be waiving as quickly as they rushed to add him.

    But if you believed in Blake Jarwin this year based on his fairly small sample size then Schultz just made a big leap towards providing similar evidence. And unlike what Jarwin has contended with the last few years in Witten and Swaim, there's no threat of Blake Bell horning in.

    You can stop looking up tight ends and crafting other creative ideas. For the rest of 2020 at least, the starting TE job in Dallas just became Dalton Schultz's to lose.

    spot_imgspot_imgspot_img
    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!

    Latest

    Anthony Barr: The Man Who Lives In the Shadows

    This year, the Dallas Cowboys have been known for...

    Jerry Jones says Cowboys are ‘still working’ on a deal with Odell Beckham Jr.

    If you are tired of hearing about the Odell...

    The evolution of CeeDee Lamb: What the box score doesn’t show you

    5 receptions. 71 yards. 1 touchdown. Those aren't the kinds...

    Week 14 Preview: Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys

    The Dallas Cowboys welcome the Houston Texans to town...

    Newsletter

    Daily Cowboys News in Your Inbox
    Name:*
    Your email address:*
    Please enter all required fields Click to hide
    Correct invalid entries Click to hide

    Trending Now

    Where Was Micah Parsons in the Giants Game?

    Yes, Linebacker Micah Parsons did play against the New...

    Mike McCarthy Was Right: This Team Is Resilient

    Over two weeks ago, Cowboys fans sat in horror...

    Will Jalen Tolbert suit up again this season?

    The third-round pick out of South Alabama has been...

    Diggs Island – Trevon Diggs is entering elite status

    It’s hard to find a cornerback that is under...

    Fantasy Outlook: It’s Hard to Trust any Cowboys Player Next Season

    I am already looking forward to my fantasy football...

    The Star: Getting Inside the Dallas Cowboys New Home

    The Dallas Cowboys star logo is one of the...

    Cowboys Nostalgia: Before Jerry Jones

    25 years ago Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys...

    Cowboys Reveal New Uniforms for Week 17 vs Titans

    Another uniform emerges for the Dallas Cowboys to wear...

    Cowboys football: Midseason grades for every postion group

    As we stand at the half-point of this year's NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys sit nice and pretty at 6-2. Personally, I never envisioned...

    DAL 49, CHI 29 : Cowboys offense shines in victory over Bears

    Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Pollard had 14 carries for 131 yards, scoring three times, and QB Dak Prescott threw two touchdowns and ran for...

    Mike McCarthy on signing of former Houston TE: “It’s part of the process”

    On Tuesday, the Cowboys signed tight end Seth Green to the practice squad, a move that seems to add depth to a somewhat banged-up...

    4 COMMENTS

    4 Comments
    Oldest
    Newest Most Voted
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments
    Gary b

    Given the fact that he was just thrust into the lineup after being a backup for 3 yrs….I thought he looked great. He’s known as a blocker but he looked pretty smooth catching the ball. Now as the #1 TE he gets all the reps and can continue building on his rapport with Dak. I know it’s only one game…but I feel better about the TE position now.

    VAM

    Jess, very good point about opposing team having to focus on our “star players”, thus giving Schultz better looks which he took full advantage of. Maybe the presence of Witten, directly or indirectly, stunted the growth of Jarwin and Schultz somewhat. In any event, IF he can maintain somewhere near this kind of production throughout the year, this offense, together with all the other firepower, will be DANGEROUS.

    Cowboys fan

    Gary b…. Dalton Schultz was a good receiver in college too, he was a better blocker, but he was also a really good receiver!! A lot of people don’t realize that about Schultz, but I think that’s what made him a 4th round pick, compared to Jarwin who was undrafted and was only known for his receiving abilities!! But yeah, I always knew Schultz was a good receiver…. I’ll admit I lost faith in him in week 1 after he played so bad, but the fairy /faith is coming back after his performance in week 2!! Hopefully he can keep it up all year!!

    Roger Robins

    When is the last time a tight end not named Witten caught 9 passes in a game?