Cowboys 53-man roster prediction after preseason Week 1

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Tight End (4):

Dalton Schultz
Jake Ferguson
Sean McKeon
Peyton Hendershot

The Cowboys saw Dalton Schultz break out in 2020 when he took over for an injured Blake Jarwin, and he was even better in 2021. Still, they weren’t ready to commit to him long-term as Schultz was hit with the franchise tag this offseason. The two sides never came close to an extension and Schultz even grew frustrated enough to skip the voluntary portion of the offseason workouts.

Once the regular season starts, all will be fine as Schultz is going to take the field and try to prove his worth. Whether or not Dallas will actually pay is yet to be determined, but he will do his part as the starting tight end once again.

There are some younger options behind him, including rookie Jake Ferguson. The Wisconsin product was solid in his preseason debut, catching three passes for 29 yards. He’s the real deal and if Schultz does leave in 2023, he could find himself having a similar ascension.

Sean McKeon and Peyton Hendershot round out the roster and each has plenty to like about their game — especially when it comes to pass-catching. Hendershot did get called for a penalty but made up for it with a deep catch right afterward. Unfortunately, that didn’t count due to another flag, but he showed he can make the play when called upon.

Jeremy Sprinkle ends up being the odd man out as the veteran made a couple of mistakes against Denver including a dropped pass and a holding penalty.