3. Can Jake Ferguson Fill Dalton Schultz's Void?
After sharing tight end duties with Dalton Schultz as a rookie, Jake Ferguson was named this year's TE1 after his veteran counterpart joined the Houston Texans during the offseason.
Prescott did his best to get Ferguson involved, targeting him a game-high seven times. The issue is that the ex-Wisconsin Badger didn't do much with his lion's share of the targets, only coming down with two balls for 11 receiving yards.
Ferguson also finished with two drops after finishing with zero as a rookie. Even worse was that he had a 39.6 passer rating when targeted — the same rating Prescott would've gotten had he just thrown the ball into the ground on every single play.
I know playing in a closed-roof stadium will make a difference this week, but the fact is that Ferguson still has a lot to prove. Schultz racked up exactly 2,000 receiving yards and 17 TDs over his final three seasons with Dallas, highlighting the shoes that the second-year pro now has to fill.
Nevertheless, I know the 129th overall pick in the 2022 draft is capable of better and has a path to show it this week. The Jets surrendered the fifth-most receptions and sixth-most receiving yards to TEs last season, meaning Ferguson should see results as long as his targets remain steady.
If he comes up with another dud, though, I won't be surprised Peyton Hendershot sees more playing time going forward.
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