The injury bug has hit the Cowboys TE position hard.
Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett gave us a ton of information regarding is team in his first press conference since the Cowboys 9-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. You can read all of Garrett’s highlights from Monday’s conference here:
One thing that wasn’t mentioned, but is starting to float out of Oxnard, is that the Cowboys are pretty banged up at tight end. Blake Jarwin (foot) and Dalton Schultz (ankle) are both dealing with injuries that are going to keep them out of practice for the foreseeable future. Jarwin and Schultz are both guys who are pretty much locks to make the final 53-man roster, so these injuries likely won’t hurt their chances to make the roster, but will make things tough in practice over the next week or two.
The Cowboys will be thin at tight end for the upcoming practices with Blake Jarwin (foot) and Dalton Schultz (ankle) dealing with injuries. Jason Witten has been given some days off as well. Codey McElroy and Marcus Lucas, who signed last week, will get... https://t.co/Ve5EoKm3oG— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 12, 2019
With Jarwin and Schultz down with injuries, the only tight ends on the roster are Jason Witten, Codey McElroy, and newly acquired Marcus Lucas. Rico Gathers was released late last week, and has since been picked up by the Cleveland Browns. With Jason Witten still getting veteran days off, and Marcus Lucas still learning the system, the Cowboys will likely need to bring in at least one tight end this week to join the team.
The Cowboys did work out former offensive tackle Jake Fisher last week, who has now made a position change to tight end, so that is a name to keep an eye on.
Either way, the Cowboys will need to add a tight end as soon as possible, to help get through practices and the next few preseason games. We will be sure to keep you updated on the potential targets as more information becomes available.