Cowboys Tight End Sets High Bar After Stellar 2023 Season

Cowboys third-year tight end Jake Ferguson is looking to have another Pro Bowl season.
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The Dallas Cowboys had one of the best offenses in the NFL last season, scoring 29.9 points per game (first in the league). One of the main reasons the Cowboys’ offense was successful in 2023 was the Dak Prescott-CeeDee Lamb connection.

However, Lamb wasn’t the only Cowboys’ pass catcher that opposing teams didn’t have an answer for as tight end Jake Ferguson emerged as a top-three offensive threat in the passing game.

The 6-foot-5 tight end had a breakout second season in the league, posting 71 receptions (102 targets) for 761 yards and five touchdowns en route to being named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.

Ferguson could have similar numbers this season as the Cowboys have question marks at the WR3 spot. The former fourth-round pick understands that he cannot rest on his laurels from last season and looks to take his game to another level in 2024.

“I need to make that exact same jump [as last year], but make it even bigger,” he said, via Patrik Walker of “In this league, you can't get complacent. You've got to keep getting better, and that's what I intend to do. We've got great vets in our facility -- Brandin [Cooks] and Dak [Prescott] -- and they teach you how to take care of your body and how to take care of your mind as you start to get older.

"I'm 25 and I'm like, 'Ooh, I am kinda getting old for a football player.' I've got to start making those strides and get better every year."

If you are a Cowboys fan, you must be excited to hear that the 25-year-old tight end isn’t getting complacent and wants to improve as a player. After having a great 2023 season, Ferguson has a chance to be a top-10 or maybe top-5 tight end in the NFL this season.

Ferguson showed that he can be a weapon in the middle of the field and in the red zone, which helps out Lamb, Cooks, and Prescott. The Cowboys have the second-best odds to win the NFC East (+130 odds on FanDuel Sportsbook) this season, but Ferguson’s play could help Dallas win their second-straight division crowd.

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