Eagles vs Cowboys Week 3: History, player to watch, gut prediction

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Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys
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Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys “Under the Radar” Players

Dallas Cowboys: Dalton Schultz, TE

Philadelphia Eagles: Dallas Goedert, TE

On most other teams, I think Dalton Schultz is a second or third target for a quarterback.  On Dallas, he is a bit deeper down the line. The tight end has reliable hands, seems to understand where the first down sticks are, and has proven a great outlet valve for quarterback Dak Prescott to get the ball to.

The Eagles will be keying on receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb this week, as any team should. I think that opens up the seam for Schultz in a big way. The Eagles’ secondary is a little suspect at the strong safety spot. Veteran, Rodney McLeod was inactive last week rehabbing a torn ACL and comes into this week questionable. McLeod’s backup, Marcus Epps, is going through concussion protocol after exiting Week 1 early.

If the Eagles are forced to start their third-string safety, offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has a sizable mismatch with his athletic tight end, Dalton Schultz in between the hashes. Heck, I am even going to say Schultz finds the end zone for us this week.

Isn’t it a bit ironic that the Eagles chose a player named Dallas? Anyways, I think this is an area the Eagles could hurt the Cowboys. Dallas Goedert is a large man coming in at 6’5″ and weighing 256 pounds. He also split time with Zach Ertz.

Eagles fans have been critical of the lack of tight end involvement and I think that noise gets to first-year head coach Nick Sirianni resulting in some plays designed for the tight ends. Is it just my bad memories of previous NFC East tight ends eating up the Cowboys that lead me to this pick?

It could be the ghosts of Jeremy Shockey, Brent Celek, Chris Cooley, Jordan Reed, and many others that have caused me pain. But I think quarterback Jalen Hurts looks to Goedert early and often. The Cowboys will need a secondary performance like last week to thwart any success.