4 biggest takeaways from Cowboys preseason loss vs Jaguars

Jalen Tolbert and Damone Clark shined against the Jaguars.
Aug 12, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Jalen Tolbert (18) scores a
Aug 12, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Jalen Tolbert (18) scores a / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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After three weeks of training camp in the California sun, the Dallas Cowboys returned to the friendly confines of AT&T Stadium on Saturday evening for their first preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Though there are several positives to hold onto from the 28-23 loss, there are arguably just as many (if not more) negatives for Mike McCarthy and Dan Quinn to address in the film room. Ultimately, though, it's the first preseason game and there's still a month remaining until the regular season.

Plenty of time to get things ironed out. In the meantime, let's take a look at some of the biggest takeaways from Dallas' hard-fought loss.

4. Jake Ferguson is ready to be TE1

Have we underestimated how much usage Ferguson will get in the offense? It's impossible to say after one preseason game, but Dak Prescott had to like what he saw from the second-year tight end against the Jaguars.

Ferguson was a big bright spot early on in an otherwise stagnant Cowboys offense. He caught three passes for 38 yards in the first quarter, including a impressive 26-yarder up the seam to give the offense needed breathing room.

Buried behind starter Dalton Schultz, Ferguson caught 19 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie.

In other words, there's loads of untapped potential in the Wisconsin product, and though Dallas selected Luke Schoonmaker in the second year this year, Ferguson further proved Saturday amid a strong training camp that he's the clearcut first-string tight end.