Dallas Cowboys: Full Assessment of Tight End Depth

Blake Jarwin #89 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Blake Jarwin #89 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys have Blake Jarwin as their starting tight end, but  the depth behind him is full of questions.

If I told you the current Dallas Cowboys tight ends have a total of six career regular season touchdowns, the surprise might not be that they have only six, but that all six are from Blake Jarwin. The Cowboys go into 2020 with some questions about their tight ends, with very few real answers. If Jarwin goes down, there is a huge lack of depth.

The list of veterans on the roster behind Jarwin is paltry, Blake Bell, Cole Hikutini, and Dalton Schultz have all played NFL snaps, but none of them have been heavily used by any team they have been on. Bell went over 100 yards receiving in 2015 and Schultz went over 100 yards in 2018. That is the end of the list, no one besides Jarwin has broke 200 receiving yards in a season.

The rookies of Sean McKeon and Charlie Taumoepeau come in with a chance to compete for playing time during the season. If they can play special teams well, one or both have a chance to make the roster during the season. The Cowboys need to figure out the depth chart, but the second and third tight end spots are up for grabs.

Dalton Schultz is an all-around style tight end, however does not provide much upside. Cole Hikutini is another guy who can kind of do it all, had some success in college, but has not stood out in the NFL. Bell is easily the best blocker of the entire group, but not a receiving threat some of the others are.

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Sean McKeon played well enough at Michigan, but he isn’t the most athletic tight end. He has the soft hands, but his route running and speed are pretty average. Taumoepeau is a receiving threat that can get open and has good open field moves. However, right now not the guy you want in-line blocking.

If the Cowboys keep three tight ends, odds are they will keep Jarwin for sure, but then a blocking tight end, which will probably be Bell. That leaves one spot open for the rest of the bunch. Schultz would probably be the front-runner as of June 2020, but that could all change. One or two could find themselves on the practice squad as well.

If Jarwin gets injured during the season, the Cowboys will have to duct tape their tight end position with a group of relatively unproven players and some rookies. If I had to take a guess at the final four, it would be Jarwin, Bell, Taumoepeau, and Schultz.

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Every name after Jarwin is a guess at this point. They will need training camp and the Dallas Cowboys need to figure out what the tight end corps will look like.

  • Published on 06/30/2020 at 11:01 AM
  • Last updated at 06/30/2020 at 08:50 AM