Cowboys' Jake Ferguson primed to breakout in 2023 after wise offseason decision

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The Dallas Cowboys look to be set on who will be entering training camp in July as their starters. One new starter is Jake Ferguson at tight end.

With Dalton Schultz now in Houston, the second-year man out of Wisconsin is projected to take over at the position. Making that leap will not be easy. Fortunately, Ferguson will get some much-needed help this summer before he heads to camp.

He will be heading to a three-day summit know as Tight End University. The event is headed by current tight ends Travis Kelce from the Kansas City Chiefs and George Kittle from the San Francisco 49ers, as well as former tight end and current FOX color commentator Greg Olsen.

The summit confirmed Ferguson will be attending this year via Instagram.

Cowboys' Jake Ferguson to attend Tight End University.

According to the Tight End University Website, the event was founded in 2021 as a way to bring players who play the position together. There will be bonding activities as well as film study and field drills. For a young player with a lot to prove in 2023 after Dallas selected Luke Schoonmaker in the second round, this is great news for Ferguson.

The NFL is all about competition, but it is a brotherhood through and through. Young players always want to get better and what better way to do that than learn from the best at the position past and present.

Kelce and Kittle are arguably the best tight ends in the league. Kelce is an eight-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion. Kittle is a four-time Pro Bowler, was named First-Team All-Pro in 2019 and helped lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl that same year. Not to mention Olsen was a three-time Pro Bowler during his 14-year career and helped lead the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl L in 2015.

Ferguson showed flashes during his rookie season. He played in 16 games and started two of them, mostly due to Schultz dealing with injuries early in the season. Schultz suffered a PCL sprain in week two against Cincinnati giving Ferguson his first start in week three against the Giants. After Schultz returned the next week, he reaggravated the injury the next week against the Rams.

The following week against the Eagles, Ferguson started in place of Schultz and caught his first touchdown pass. When he was demoted to second-string once again, he still continued to make plays throughout the season.

He caught his second-career touchdown against the Chicago Bears in a blowout win, but Ferguson's most viral moment came on Thanksgiving Day against New York when he hurdled over safety Jason Pinnock for a first down.

A tight end that shows raw athleticism like that can only get better. While the fans would like to see more viral plays like that in 2023, the Cowboys are just hoping Ferguson can become Dak Prescott's new security blanket. The offense is entering this season with more firepower at receiver in Brandin Cooks and Tony Pollard being firmly established as the starting running back. The only question remains at tight end.

The Cowboys still have a large tight end room with Peyton Hendershot, Sean McKeon and second-round pick Luke Schoonmaker.

However, Ferguson right now seems the most likely candidate to win the starting job. Him having an opportunity to learn from one of the best that played and two of the best in the game can only give him a leg up when training camp opens in late July.

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