4 takeaways from the Cowboys’ second preseason game vs. Chargers

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May 14, 2022; Frisco, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jake Ferguson (48) catches a pass against linebacker Devin Harper (50) during practice at the Ford Center at the Star Training Facility in Frisco, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Jake Ferguson has earned his respect.

The Cowboys let veteran TE Blake Jarwin walk in free agency, and the incumbent starter there, Dalton Schultz, is in a major contract bind. Thus, drafting former Wisconsin Badger Jake Ferguson made a lot of sense, and it seems to be paying off even faster than they thought.

Ferguson is making a big push to become the TE2 on the depth chart, and he put a huge step forward to that goal against the Chargers. Ferguson has caught every single target he has been thrown in the preseason.

He looks really good and seems to have a much higher ceiling than the current backup Sean McKeon. Ferguson is a tough runner, reliable with the ball in his hands, polished, and a solid blocker. Keep in mind, all of that is true for him at just 23 years old and in his first season.

He looks like a great fit in the system already and has shown the Wisconsin toughness that all football coaches love. He has another game left to prove himself, but Ferguson looks like a legitimate option on offense for Dallas.