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Dallas Cowboys TE Jake Ferguson has been named the team’s “unsung hero” for the 2023 season.

Jan 26, 2024 #Dallas Cowboys

Jake Ferguson made a lasting impression with the Dallas Cowboys in his second NFL season.We’ve talked a lot about the high level of production the Dallas Cowboys have gotten from a handful of players in 2023, particularly quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.

There’s little positive talk about head coach and broadcaster Mike McCarthy these days, but there’s no denying that he’s improved his offensive production in his first season as head coach.

While Prescott and Lamb had multi-year careers, many other players came forward and did their best throughout the season, and tight end Jake Ferguson had arguably the second-best season behind Prescott and Lamb.

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Ferguson had career highs all over the place, which says almost nothing considering 2023 was only his second season in the NFL: However, he more than filled the void left by Dalton Schultz and developed into a proven middle-man . field weapon which Prescott used with great success.

NFL.com named the Cowboys’ 2023 Jake Ferguson “unsung hero.”With all but four teams finishing the season, there has been a lot of looking back in the NFL and media landscape and this week we saw NFL.com do it in a specific way.

They decided to choose an “unsung hero” for each team, or so it seems. We are talking about players who have made a significant contribution to their squad when perhaps they were not expected to do so.

While Ferguson had his supporters around BTB ahead of the 2023 season, it’s safe to say that even the most optimistic person couldn’t have imagined what we saw.

He was the Cowboys’ pick, if that’s not clear.Unfortunately for Ferguson, this is one of the few accolades he has received as, contrary to what is reported here, he was not named a Pro Bowler or All-Pro. You can definitely argue that he deserves it.

It’s important to recognize that what we’ve seen from Ferguson thus far in his career is relatively unprecedented in franchise history. To date, Ferguson has played in 33 games for the Cowboys and through the first 33 games of his career with the team, he is behind Jason Witten in production.

First 33 games with the Dallas Cowboys

• Jason Witten: 183 targets, 127 receptions, 1,374 receiving yards, 7 receiving touchdowns

• Jake Ferguson: 124 targets, 90 receptions, 935 receiving yards, 7 receiving touchdowns

This is definitely great company for Ferguson to keep. Given the incredible work he saw from a volume standpoint last season, it stands to reason that he will continue to be an important part of the team’s passing game. The fact that they get this much production from a fourth-round pick is pretty impressive (second-round tight end on the roster on the other side, that’s a topic for another day).

In terms of other unsung heroes, a strong argument could have easily been made for Brandon Aubrey given the amazing rookie season he had. That aside, Ferguson seems like the logical choice.

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