3 Cowboys players winning their position battles so far in training camp

  • Who has the edge at RB2?
  • A new DE3?
  • A Dalton Schultz replacement emerges
Aug 12, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Sam Williams (54) tackles
Aug 12, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Sam Williams (54) tackles / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Jake Ferguson is your new TE1

There will be a lot of production missed now that Dalton Schultz is gone. Whether fans liked him or not, he was very consistent and clearly one of Dak Prescott's favorite targets. That now leaves a very interesting battle for his share of the offense, a battle between two sophomores and a rookie.

Jake Ferguson came into camp as the favorite to end up with the starting job, and he has clearly run away with it. Peyton Hendershot has been fine, but it doesn't seem he's had the same consistency as Ferguson.

Second-round pick Luke Schoonmaker was the next favorite to become the starter, but a lingering injury has kept him from really getting a fair shot, so by default, he will have to be brought on a little slower. Even if he had been healthy, it would've been hard to believe he could've played as well as Ferguson has so far.

He's played so well, the team didn't even need to see him against the Seahawks and are seemingly allowing him to rest until the season starts. We may see him for a drive or two next week, but he clearly has the starting job sealed up.

Now, will this be the case by the time the season ends? It'd be hard to believe that the front office will be okay with their second-round pick playing second-fiddle for more than a year, but as long as Mike McCarthy has his fair share of opinion, Ferguson should be the starter barring a significant drop-off in level of play.

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