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Mailbag: How Are The Young TEs Progressing?

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How has Dalton Schultz looked in camp? I recall that he was supposed to be a better-than-average blocker but he looked under-sized last year. Did he add some weight/strength in the off-season? - JEFF JOYCE / SHAWNEE, KS

Bryan: Had a nice reception during 7-on-7 in the red zone. Improving as a blocker. Learning how to hold better. Strength levels are not where they need to be yet but working everyday. Looks like a better player overall.

Rob: Strength at the point of attack was an issue for Schultz here in camp last year. That doesn’t look to be the case this year. Then again, he looked like a different player the final five games or so last season. Blake Jarwin is probably better as a downfield athlete, but Schultz does a lot of things well.

The decision to waive tight end Rico Gathers clearly indicates that the three-year experiment did not work out as planned. But it made me think, can you recall any other professional multi-sport athletes in team history that made a successful transition to pro football and had a big impact on the game? - SEBASTIAN ÅSGÅRDH / KALMAR, SWEDEN

Bryan: I know he played a little football but Bob Hayes comes to mind in the 60s-70s. Tremendous track athlete that changed the way the game was played with the vertical routes. Speed was rare at the time.

Rob: Deion Sanders did OK at football. Bob Hayes, too. In all seriousness, there aren’t many. The Cowboys tried former baseball players at quarterback in the early 2000s (Chad Hutchinson, Drew Henson) and it didn’t work out. It’s a really tough transition if you haven’t played since middle school like Gathers, and the Cowboys ask so much of their tight ends in this offense.

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