2 reasons Cowboys fans shouldn't expect big production from Luke Schoonmaker in year one

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2. Tight End Competition

There is no guarantee that Schoonmaker sees much playing time in his first season with Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot in the offense.

Both tight ends are now entering their second NFL season, and both stepped up when needed to last season -- Ferguson as the TE1 and Henderson as the TE2.

Ferguson finished his rookie season catching 19 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns. His best performance of the year came in Week 6 when Schultz missed the contest with an injury. He had four catches for 40 yards and one touchdown in the game. The 24-year-old tight end also made some nice plays through the season like his hurdle against the Giants on Thanksgiving.

On the other hand, Hendershot was a reliable blocker in the running game and an occasional pass catcher, having 11 catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns in year one. He also stepped up as the TE2 in the offense when Schultz went down. In two games without him, the rookie had a three-catch, 43-yard performance in Week 3 and a two-catch for 22-yard game on five targets in Week 6.

It remains to be seen where Schoonmaker might fit in on offense. He hasn't participated in Dallas' OTAs due to a foot injury, so the Cowboys haven't seen anything from him yet.

Schoomaker has just recently taken off the walking boot on his foot and is expected to be ready for training camp, which is encouraging news. But he faces a tight end battle with Ferguson and Hendershot this offseason.

Schoonmaker likely won't put up big numbers in his rookie season. Still, if he can contribute enough offensively and be another weapon for Dak Prescott in the passing game, that would be huge.

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