NFC East tight end units ranked from worst to best in 2023

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3. Dallas Cowboys

It pains me to put the Cowboys in this spot. But the two teams in front of them have experienced Pro Bowl-caliber tight ends.

With the Cowboys losing Dalton Schultz this offseason, their tight end room will consist of Jake Ferguson, Peyton Hendershot, and second-round rookie Luke Schoonmaker. While the order is not set in stone yet, these three will likely see the bulk of reps at the tight end position in 2023.

Another reason the Cowboys fall third on this list is due to the uncertainty at the position. Jake Ferguson showed glimpses in his rookie season, but can he be the TE1 of the future? Will Schoonmaker be able to produce in year one, something most rookies can't do?

There are a bunch of question marks at this position entering the season. But Ferguson figures to be the team's top tight end option this season. He is also listed as Pro Football Focus' Cowboys breakout candidate in 2023.

After a solid rookie campaign -- catching 19 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns -- the Cowboys likely saw enough out of Ferguson to let Schultz walk in free agency. The addition of Schoonmaker will also bring another athletic playmaker to the offense.

In two-three years, this ranking can change. Maybe Schoonmaker and Ferguson are considered an elite 1-2 tight end punch in Dallas by then. For right now though, this unit comes in third on this ranking.