TE Dalton Schultz Making a Push for Playing Time w/ Camp Performance

    Entering his third NFL season, is still waiting to find a significant role with the . According to recent reports from , Schultz appears to be making strides and could be pushing for the primary backup job in 2020.

    was essentially named the starter when he was given a four-year, $22 million contract during the . That has proven true in camp as he's been primarily running with the first team; neither Schultz or has been worked in enough to say there's any competition going on at the top of the .

    Bell was signed in after serving as Travis Kelce's backup in Kansas City and winning a . His one-year, $1.7 million deal was clearly backup money. The only question was if he'd be handed the job or put into a battle with Dalton Schultz.

    At the very least, it does appear Schultz is getting his opportunities to shine. And based on the reports, he may be pushing his way into the number-two spot.

    When he was drafted in the 4th round in 2018, Dalton came to Dallas with a similar to 's rookie year. While nobody expects him to ever develop into a legend, Schultz does have a balanced game with both receiving and blocking ability.

    Blake Bell is primarily a blocker. It was enough to get him on the field for almost 38% of the Chiefs' offensive snaps last year, but also limited him to just 15 targets in the passing game.

    Given Bell's more limited skill set, these strong showings as a receiver in camp are big for Dalton Schultz. As long as he's competent as a blocker, he allows for more options in play-calling and more ways to confuse a defense.

    Schultz still has two years left on his rookie deal, adding to Dallas' incentive to make him a bigger part of the offense. They could go into the next two seasons having the top two spots on the TE depth chart figured out.

    Over the last few years we've seen the way Blake Jarwin was able to impact games even from a backup role. Now that he's the starter it will benefit the offense if there's another playmaker in the group. Hopefully, Dalton Schultz is finally delivering and will provide value in 2020.

    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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