This one isn’t as exciting or high profile as the others but it’s just as important. Dalton Schultz was the Dallas Cowboys fourth round selection in 2018. You may remember that draft. It’s the one where Jason Witten left the team high and dry right before and Dallas was left scrambling to adapt.
Well, being a decent all-around player, Schultz was their choice to help cover the loss of future Hall-of-Famer Jason Witten. Nearly two seasons in, it’s safe to say he has not remotely helped fill those enormous shoes.
With Witten back in 2019 as the TE1 and Blake Jarwin the clear TE2, Schutz has been relegated to spot duty as the TE3. He hasn’t looked partclarly great either as a pass –catcher or blocker and it’s hard to envision him ever rising above TE2 in his career.
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With that said, Father Time has clearly caught Witten and it would be shocking to see him continue his playing career beyond this season. And everyone agrees Jarwin offers enough tantalizing potential he should be given more opportunities to prove his worthiness to be TE1 next season. But no one knows what the heck we have in Schultz.
That’s why playing Schultz more down this final stretch is important. Dallas already needs to invest a Day 1 or 2 pick in the position this spring, but if Schultz can’t show he’s a decent back-up, Dallas may need to use multiple draft picks or use free agent dollars to fill the position going forward.