5 Cowboys Fighting For Their Jobs After Free Agency

These five Dallas Cowboys players' jobs are far from safe as the franchise continues to navigate the NFL free agency period.

QB Cooper Rush is one of five Cowboys who's still fighting for his job.
QB Cooper Rush is one of five Cowboys who's still fighting for his job. / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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3./4. TEs Luke Schoonmaker/Peyton Hendershot

After Dalton Schultz left to join the Houston Texans last offseason, the Cowboys needed their tight end room to step up. Jake Ferguson had no issue doing that as he experienced a career year, hauling in 71 balls for 761 receiving yards, five touchdowns, and 40 first downs en route to his first-ever Pro Bowl nod.

But while Ferguson soared, fellow TEs Luke Schoonmaker and Peyton Hendershot failed to make much of an impact.

After a strong draft year with the Michigan Wolverines, the Cowboys selected Schoonmaker 58th overall last in the draft. The Hamden, CT native was often invisible despite playing all 17 games, recording just eight receptions for 65 yards and a pair of TDs. His 53.3% catch percentage was abysmal while his three drops further illustrated how he didn't live up to the Day 2 hype.

Meanwhile, Hendershot wasn't any better in his second NFL season. The ex-Indiana Hoosier only appeared in half the games while putting up a putrid 4-38-0 stat line. In other words, Hendershot and Schoonmaker combined weren't even half a quarter as productive as Ferguson.

Nevertheless, the duo will likely duke it out for TE2 duties and it's hard to say which deserves the honor more. Hendershot may have been the better blocker of the duo, though, leaving time to tell if that makes the difference between him and Schoonmaker this offseason.