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Is TE Dalton Schultz’s Time With the Dallas Cowboys Running out?

Year 3 could be make or break for Cowboys’ TE Dalton Schultz.

The Dallas Cowboys drafted Dalton Schultz in the fourth-round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the hope he would develop into a starting caliber tight end for them at some point down the road. Sadly, it’s starting to look less and less as if that’s going to happen. In fact, his time with the Cowboys could be running out.

Despite entering Year 3 and being the only TE to be drafted on the Cowboys current roster, Dalton Schultz could very well be looking down the barrel of a loaded gun. Blake Jarwin was re-signed to replace Jason Witten as the starter and Blake Bell was added via free agency to likely become his primary backup. That could leave Schultz left out in the cold once again.

To date, Schultz has primarily been a depth player with the Dallas Cowboys. He did climb as high as the TE2 for a brief time in the latter part of 2018 after Geff Swaim went down with an injury, but his opportunities and playing time has been few and far between. As such, he’s still a bit of an unknown and with the new coaching staff that could be a good or bad thing.

Mike McCarthy’s new coaching staff brings with them a fresh set of eyes that could give Dalton Schultz the opportunity to finally prove himself worthy of receiving more playing time. The skill set is there. In fact, I believe he’s the most complete TE on the Dallas Cowboys roster right now. Sadly, I don’t know if it’s enough to warrant more playing time.

Dalton Schultz
Dallas Cowboys TE Dalton Schultz (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

On the flipside, the new coaching staff might have already made up their minds about the type of player they have in Dalton Schultz. Promoting Blake Jarwin to starter and signing Blake Bell in free agency would certainly seem to back up that stance. Then again, maybe they’re just covering their bases and will have an open competition.

A clean slate could be the opportunity Dalton Schultz has been waiting for, if it happens. He’s still got an uphill battle ahead of him, but again, it’s not something he’s unaccustomed to dealing with. That’s been the story of his entire professional career to date. All he can do now is put his best foot forward in the hopes he can prove he’s worthy of more playing time.

You may disagree, but I believe he’s more than capable of producing at a relatively high level if he’s ever given the opportunity. I think he’s a better blocker than Blake Jarwin and a better receiver than Blake Bell. That’s just my opinion though for what it’s worth.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still holding out hope Dalton Schultz can develop into a starting caliber player for the Dallas Cowboys. However, the clock is ticking and could quite possibly be running out in the very near future.

Do you think Dalton Schultz’s time is running out with the Dallas Cowboys?

What do you think?


Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.


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  1. The bell signing is still a bit puzzling to me really. If he’s more of a blocking TE and depth signing you could have found that in udfa market for probably cheaper and younger. But I guess he’s got some QB time under his belt somewhat but that surely couldn’t have been a selling point I wouldn’t think.
    Maybe McCarthy has him penciled in for some other reasons?
    Off topic: I’m really excited to see some dinucci magic in preseason. Ha I want to see if he can replicate some of the side arm and scrambling throws against tougher competition even tho it’s preseason.

  2. I just think he needs an opportunity!! He hasn’t had a chance to show anything!! With Jason Witten always starting or the half a year Geoff swaim started he was always 3rd in line for playing time!! I think he deserves a shot at more playing time!! Put him in a competition with Jarwin and Bell and see who’s better and give them playing time based on who does what’s needed from them better!! Who knows…. He mite come out of it as a better receiver and a better blocker!!

  3. I agree also give him more playing time, let him battle it out with Jarwin and Bell and he just might be a better blocker and receiver !! Ya never know, he had a great game yesterday

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