Five Dallas Cowboys who may not survive final cuts

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Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys
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Dalton Schultz, TE

By moving on from a 38-year old Jason Witten this offseason, the Cowboys opened the door for the Blake Jarwin era to begin in Dallas. And it appears the former undrafted free agent tight end out of Oklahoma State will finally get a chance to prove he can be a capable starter entering his fourth season.

The Cowboys also signed former Kansas City Chief and recent Super Bowl champion Blake Bell presumably to provide some quality depth at the position, specifically as a blocker. Now, this summer appears to set up a positional battle for who will fill the depth chart behind both Jarwin and Bell.

The most likely candidate would seem to be Dalton Schultz. He was a fourth-round selection in 2018 after all. And Schultz has now had two years to develop in Dallas.

But the former Stanford tight end seemingly took a step backward last season, seeing his snaps drop from a combined 366 as a rookie, to just 212 last year. And 95 of those snaps in 2019 were on special teams.

If Cole Hikutini, undrafted rookie Sean McKeon, or another tight end comes in and is able to prove their potential-ceiling is higher than Schultz, it could be curtains for the former fourth-rounder with a new positional coach in Lunda Wells to impress.