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Sean’s Scout: TE Dalton Schultz Fits Cowboys Need as Willing Blocker

Sean Martin



Sean's Scout: TE Dalton Schultz Fits Cowboys Need as Willing Blocker

When news of Jason Witten's retirement stunned the NFL world -- including those inside The Star -- entering day two of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Cowboys were seemingly put in position to fill yet another need with the 50th and 81st overall picks.

Sticking to their board and letting the draft come to them, the Cowboys drafted starting Left Guard Connor Williams and Wide Receiver Michael Gallup in the second and third rounds instead. A vote of confidence in current tight ends Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin, the team did add Stanford's Dalton Schultz the following day at 137th overall.

After firing up the film of Stanford's pro-style offense, here is my full scouting report on the Cowboys newest Tight End Dalton Schultz.



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The best thing Dalton Schultz can do to stand out in Dallas is continue playing as a tenacious run blocker. This is easily the most noticeable part of Schultz's otherwise lackluster game.

With inline blocking experience, something the Cowboys will ask him to do much more of, Schultz plays with impressively powerful hands and a competitive drive to finish blocks. Every rep might not be pretty for the 6053 (6'5 3/8") 244-pound TE, but Schultz can be trusted as a get-in-the-way blocker with the awareness and timing to make this technique work.


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Dalton Schultz looks for work as a blocker, never going a play without throwing his lean but compact frame around to make his presence felt. This is a player who understands his own physical limitations and makes up for them with upper body power and leverage.

As a receiver, Schultz was limited to just 55 career catches at Stanford. When targeted in traffic though, Schultz will hang onto the ball with soft hands and isn't afraid of contact after the catch. Schultz finds the sticks on critical down and distances, falling forward whenever needed to move the chains.


For most teams, Dalton Schultz's limitations as a receiver would be a considerable weakness given how tight ends are utilized in the NFL now. The Cowboys will get plenty of value out of Schultz as a blocker, although this isn't to say he comes without difficulties in this facet of the game.

Relying on his initial contact and hand strength to set up blocks, Schultz will get overpowered by defenders who catch him leaning up the field. Schultz is easily steered at the point of attack against rush moves, lacking the thick base to re-anchor and sustain.

As a route runner, Schultz is entirely raw. Testing as a slightly better athlete than physical specimen, Schultz is simply not beating coverage with any deception or sharpness to his movement. It takes a while for Schultz to get going up the field, where running straight down the middle was typically the only way he uncovered, once the ball is out of his QB's hands.


As mentioned, the Cowboys like what they have in Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin as athletic options to develop at tight end. My expectations for both players is that they'll make the most of their opportunity to shine, tempering initial expectations for Dalton Schultz in Dallas.

Schultz can certainly help the Cowboys in multiple tight end packages, and he's worth the long-term project as a player ahead of the curve with pro-style experience.

Whether it be Ezekiel Elliott, Tavon Austin, or Bo Scarbrough escaping around the corner this preseason, look for Dalton Schultz to land the sealing block.


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The Cowboys will never be able to replace Jason Witten, but continuing to add players in his competitive image is the best they can do -- addressing TE in the fourth round of this year's draft with Dalton Schultz.

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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 every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.


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Dak Prescott Impresses, Draws Compliments All Minicamp Long

Kevin Brady



Dak Prescott and Coaches Both to Blame for Cowboys Offensive Woes
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Dak Prescott stood before the media Thursday in a Stetson Cowboy hat, answering questions about his upcoming contract extension.

“I’ve got my cowboy hat on, so I’m a Cowboy, we’ll say that.”

Prescott has cemented himself as the franchise quarterback of America's Team, and now it's time for the franchise to pay him like it. Set to earn roughly $34 million per year (according to recent rumors/reports), Prescott is going to be a very rich and comfortable man in the near future.

But, for now, he still plays under his fourth round rookie contract. You wouldn't be able to tell by watching him on the field, however. Though it was just minicamp, Prescott was impressive as ever over the last couple weeks of practice, earning praise from all levels within the organization.

Veteran Jason Witten complimented both Prescott's anticipation and accuracy, saying his throws have been "off the charts" at minicamp. Prescott himself said that this is the best he's felt since he's entered the league, and it certainly makes sense for this to be the case.

"Is it three years under my belt or just seeing defenses a whole lot more clear, being quicker and faster in everything I want to do, having great teammates around me? Who really knows the answer, but I feel great. I feel confident, and my teammates do, as well.” - Prescott to

If Prescott was ever going to be comfortable, hungry, and ready to go, this is likely the time that it would happen. He has three relatively successful seasons under his belt, and ended 2018 on the best stretch of his career. He is the unquestioned starting quarterback for this team, and has the backing of every key decision maker in the building.

Prescott now has an offensive coordinator who he has not only worked closely with (in some capacity) since he entered the league in 2016, but is also being lauded for his creativity as an offensive mastermind. His quarterbacks coach, Jon Kitna, has been receiving similar praise for how he can coach up Prescott and get his footwork consistent, to help him "throw it through a Fruit Loop."

The time is now for Dak Prescott, and it's encouraging to see how he is responding to this increased pressure and responsibility. Then again we should have no doubt that he will respond positively, as he as throughout his entire young career.

Whenever faced with adversity, Prescott has answered the bell. Now he has all the supporters he needs, and just needs to prove them right.

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Does RB Ezekiel Elliott Have A Chance At NFL MVP?

Kevin Brady



Ezekiel Elliott

Who is the Cowboys best player?

A question debated seemingly daily on social media, most fans seem to center their arguments around the same few names. Dak Prescott, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Ezekiel Elliott.

As a running back, it's quite possible that Elliott is both the best of that bunch and the least important to the team's overall success.'s Adam Schein disagrees with the latter statement, however, placing Ezekiel Elliott among his top ten contenders for 2019 NFL MVP.

"I think the Cowboys are going to challenge for the Super Bowl in 2019 -- and I think Zeke fuels this team. When Elliott runs for 95-plus yards, the Cowboys are 19-4; when he falls below that benchmark, they're 9-8." - Adam Schein

Schein's prediction will no doubt make Cowboys Nation swoon, but does Elliott really have the opportunity to compete for an MVP award?

For one, this would require the Cowboys be among the best teams in the league this season. It's quite possible, as they did win 10 regular season and 1 playoff game a year ago, but it will have to happen once again for Elliott to be considered.

Next, Ezekiel Elliott would have to put up incredible numbers. Well, it's safe to assume this will likely be the case if condition one is met. Elliott is going to get a lot of opportunities to touch the ball each game, and finding himself among the league's rushing leaders has never been an issue for the young running back. Especially if the team has a lead and is running the ball to kill clock.

Even if both these conditions prove true, though, Elliott will still have trouble getting himself in the real MVP discussion. These awards tend to go to certain positions, and running back is not among that list. If Dallas has such a successful 2019, and their offense is clicking, it's more likely Dak Prescott will be the one contending for that MVP honor.

I know to some it sounds crazy, but Prescott will likely need to be closer to MVP level than Elliott if the Cowboys are to contend in the way Adam Schein suggests in his article.

So, likely, Schein should have named Prescott among his top ten MVP contenders, not Elliott.

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Amari Cooper Says He’s Focused On Football, Not His Next Contract

Kevin Brady



Report: Cowboys Waiting Until After Season for Amari Cooper Contract Talks 1

It seems like all anyone has talked about this offseason is who the Cowboys should re-sign, and how they can go about doing so.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper, of course, is heavily involved in those conversations. The Cowboys used their 2019 first round pick to trade for the Pro Bowl wide out last season, and Cooper's emergence helped to turn their struggling offense around immediately.

In just 9 games with the Cowboys last season, he caught 53 passes for 725 yards and 6 touchdowns. He quickly gained the trust of quarterback Dak Prescott, and exhibited a chemistry with the young passer that no one else really has to this point. Outside of maybe Cole Beasley in 2016, perhaps.

While the football world seems to be focusing on what Amari Cooper's contract will look like after 2019, the receiver himself claims to be solely focused on the upcoming season. Cooper spoke with ESPN's Todd Archer about this very subject, emphasizing where his mind lies at this time.

"I just handle my business...I'm more anxious about camp and actually playing football." - Amari Cooper.

Amari Cooper has just one year left on his contract as he plays under the fifth year option from his rookie deal. Cooper will make $13.9 million this season, putting him behind some of the league's other WR1s like Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, and DeAndre Hopkins.

There had been speculation around whether any of the Cowboys left with just one year on their contract would hold-out through parts of offseason activity, but Cooper alluded that it never seemed to cross his mind.

"I just want to get better and I love football. That's why I'm here" - Cooper.

Of course, Amari Cooper will play a huge role in the Cowboys offense in 2019. Combining him with a second year version of Michael Gallup, and new versatile threats like Tony Pollard and Randall Cobb, will help make the Dallas passing game as multiple as it's been in years.

The Cowboys will eventually need to get Amari Cooper locked up long term, but for the time being it seems like both he and the franchise are more focused on what will happen on the field in 2019 than in the negotiating room next Spring.

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