Cowboys Dud: Jake Ferguson, TE
Dallas decided this offseason to let Dalton Schultz walk, which was an understandable move. A former fourth-round pick, Schultz did become a huge weapon in their offense and was a security blanket for Dak Prescott. But he was also ready to break the bank and they had to make some tough decisions.
In the end, they allowed the Houston Texans the opportunity to pay him more than $9 million and Dallas went with Jake Ferguson as the starter and drafted Luke Schoonmaker in the second round.
Ahead of this game, Prescott was praising Ferguson, saying he was set to have a big season. And No. 4 gave him the chance to make good on that as well by targeting him early and often.
Unfortunately, there wasn't a lot of success. On seven targets from Prescott, Ferguson had just two receptions for 11 yards. He also dropped two passes, including one in the red zone early in the fourth quarter. Dallas wound up scoring on that drive anyway with KaVontae Turpin taking a handoff and running it in from seven yards out in the very next play, but it wasn't an encouraging start for Ferguson.
Having said all that, the passing game really wasn't featured in Week 1 the way we should expect going forward. With their defense and special teams scoring, the offense was really just playing it safe and controlling the clock. That means Ferguson will get his chance to redeem himself — and likely will do just that.