The Dallas Cowboys’ offense through the first three weeks has been unstoppable in the run and pass which has given opposing defenses fits. When the offense takes the field, there is always a big play that comes from one of the tight ends.
One player, in particular, tight end Dalton Schultz, has been on a bit of a tear since taking over for Blake Jarwin last season. On Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, he finished with six catches, 80 yards, and 2 TD’s as he is currently rated the #2 TE through the first three weeks.
Most do not know how valuable that is to a quarterback and the overall offense when your tight end is making plays downfield and moving the chains.
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Dalton Schultz: 53 offensive snaps (69%), 7 targets, 6 catches, 80 yards, 2 TDs pic.twitter.com/QJDo4roW85
While Schultz may not be the most agile or quick player, he makes up for it with his toughness and catching ability. It is something about the way Stanford coaches their players because they come to the NFL with blocking attributes and being physical every snap.
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Dak Prescott and Dalton Schultz forever (via @NFL) pic.twitter.com/9GNxymYOWQ
Schultz is in the last year of his rookie contract, with the current pace he is going, he will be looking at a payday in the offseason. The Cowboys gave Jarwin a 3-year, $13 million contract extension last offseason as they were excited about his potential to the offense, but it has been Schultz who’s been the better player.
Schultz is very quarterback-friendly and can also help out in the run game due to his blocking ability, which Jarwin lacks as a player,. It would be interesting to see how well Schultz continues to play as Kellen Moore will look for more ways to get the ball in his hands.
The wise thing to do is to use both tight ends to give opposing defenses fewer chances to gameplan for what is already a lethal offense. In Short yardage situations, Schultz can do most of his damage while Jarwin can work the seams with his speed and quickness.
So far this season, Schultz has earned the opportunity at more snaps as fans believe the offense is even more dominant when he is on the field. Hopefully, the Cowboys can find a way to keep him around for years to come.