How Former Cowboys Fared With Their New Teams in Week 1

Did we make the right decision in letting them go?

Checking on how Ezekiel Elliott and other former Cowboys performed in their Week 1 debuts with new teams.
Checking on how Ezekiel Elliott and other former Cowboys performed in their Week 1 debuts with new teams. / Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Dalton Schultz

Dalton Schultz bloomed into a very good tight end in Dallas, but there was really no question about whether or not he'd be playing elsewhere in 2023. We simply couldn't justify paying his salary and opted to draft a younger, cheaper replacement.

Shultz made it especially clear that he had no intention of taking a discount to play for a contender when he signed with the Houston Texans.

Catching passes from C.J. Stroud in Week 1, Schultz's debut went about as well as you’d expect it to go when you join one of the NFL’s worst offenses.

Schultz struggled to get many opportunities, being targeted just 4 times, and he did absolutely nothing with those looks. He caught 2 of the 4 targets for a grand total of 4 yards, as one of his catches went for 5 yards and the other went for a loss of 1.

He was on the field for 81% of the Texans’ offensive snaps, which is right up there among the highest rates of his career, but he just didn’t get involved in the offense at all, being targeted on just 9.1% of Stroud’s 44 pass attempts. 

Schultz was out there running routes at one of the highest rates of any tight end for the week, but whether it was a struggle to get open or Stroud just preferring to look to his wide receivers, Schultz simply could not get the ball.

His chemistry with Stroud will improve and he'll get more involved I'm sure, but this was an absolutely brutal debut.