A former Packers head coach knew when the Cowboys selected former Wisconsin Badger Jake Ferguson they got someone special. He knew the team had selected a battle hardened, relentless, and consistent worker. They were getting a player who is a student of the game.
Mike McCarthy is a Fan of Jake Ferguson
Mike McCarthy was confident Ferguson would be an amazing addition after watching his tape from Wisconsin. The four year tight end registered 145 catches for 1618 yards and 13 touchdowns throughout a memorable Badger career. He also helped lead the Badgers to 31 wins throughout his pandemic shortened career. The former All-Big Ten TE now looks to prove himself to the Cowboys coaching staff this year.
So far throughout pre-season, the Badgers standout has done just that. He has logged 5 catches for 58 yards on 6 targets. He has been reliable as a receiver, but unstoppable as a blocker in both the passing and rushing games. Along with that, Ferguson has also proved himself in the Cowboys joint practices and gotten the attention of his coaches.
Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy had the highest praise for Ferguson when he spoke to reporters last week. McCarthy was quoted saying, “He’s such an instinctive, tough football player. That’s what we really liked about him coming from Wisconsin, and he hasn’t disappointed.” McCarthy also went on to say he thought Ferguson was “scrappy” and “chippy” but thought “The young man could play.”
Clearly this is a sign of great things to come in the future for Ferguson. He has already caught the eye of his coaches, and head coach especially. Now, it is almost time for Ferguson to prove himself during the regular season as he can potentially take the starting TE spot away from Dalton Schultz. Schultz signed a one year, $10.9 million deal with the Cowboys in the offseason to stay with the team. He is an unrestricted free agent after this year, and if Ferguson can burst onto the scene this year he could capture the starting spot.