3 players Dallas Cowboys fans shouldn’t sleep on

Tight end Sean McKeon #84 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Tight end Sean McKeon #84 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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Sean McKeon, Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys tight end Sean McKeon (84) – Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

Sean McKeon, TE

The tight end position in Dallas has Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz at the top of the depth chart. Jarwin is the projected starter despite missing nearly all of last season after suffering an ACL injury in Week One against the Los Angeles Rams. He remains at the top of the depth chart due in large part to the four-year, $24.25 million deal he inked last March.

But Schultz played very well in Jarwin’s absence last season, racking up 63 receptions for 615 yards and four touchdowns while bringing in a career-high 70.8% of his targets. Following another stellar training camp performance, some are wondering whether Schultz deserves to be ahead of Jarwin on the depth chart.

Lost in the Jarwin and Schultz focus is the fact second-year tight end Sean McKeon is putting up a not-so-quiet performance at camp himself. In fact, we recently named his one-handed touchdown catch the second-best play of training camp so far. That’s high praise considering how much wide receiver CeeDee Lamb has dominated that category this summer.

While everyone ponders who will start between Jarwin or Schultz this season, maybe the real question that needs to be asked is whether McKeon’s play, which seems to have cemented him as the clear third tight end on the depth chart, makes either of them expendable? If not this summer, next offseason when Schultz is a free agent and Jarwin’s contract has a potential out.