Due to an exciting draft and rather interesting free agency period, the earliest additions to the Cowboys roster this offseason have sort of been forgotten.
Tight end Blake Bell falls into this category. All the way back in March, the Cowboys signed Bell to a one year deal worth $1.7 million, bringing the 28 year old to Dallas for the short term. The Cowboys didn’t address the tight end position during the draft, signaling they are comfortable with who they have on the roster.
But the question does remain, will Blake Bell be one of those contributors the front office is comfortable with?
Bell earned the nickname the “Belldozer” during his Sooner days, known for his physicality rather than his downfield receiving prowess. After converting from quarterback to tight end in 2014, Bell was taken in the fourth round of the 2015 draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Bell then bounced around the league a bit, before landing in Kansas City last season, where he sat behind Travis Kelce all year.
Blake Bell hasn’t had much of a stat sheet imprint thus far in the NFL, but when you look at the Cowboys tight end depth – who really has?
Blake Jarwin has shown signs that he can be the TE1 receiving threat fans have been clamoring for, and he has clear chemistry with quarterback Dak Prescott. After Jarwin, though, it’s mostly unknowns, which should give Bell a chance to earn some playing time this season.
Dalton Schultz has been in the room since 2018, also known more for his ability as a run blocker than for his ability to stretch a defense. It’s fair to wonder, as Brian Martin did this week, if Schultz’s time in Dallas is running out. The Cowboys not only signed Blake Bell, but also Cole Hikutini to help completely overhaul their tight end depth this offseason.
This could spell trouble for Schultz, though we can’t be sure what Bell and Hikutini will bring to the table.
Keep an eye out on the Cowboys tight end room during training camp this Summer, as it will be one of the more highly contested position battles on the roster.