Rookie TEs are ready to show who we are

For his part, Ferguson appears locked in and loaded with opportunity, buoyed by playing a total of 45 offensive shots in his first two NFL games.

“Preparing for the season definitely helped with that [acclimating to NFL football]”Just getting the little things out of the way – minor tweaks and things like that,” Ferguson said on Wednesday. …I have coped well but I just have to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way. [Schultz’s status] It doesn’t change my preparation at all.

“In my opinion, I always think I will play even if I don’t play. I know I have to be prepared for anything that comes my way.”

The talented First-Team All-Big Ten will also be spreading the tactics he learned from Schultz from training camp to this point in his NFL career.

“I think a lot of it is about the little things,” Ferguson said. “Whether it was the movement of the feet or the position of the hand or the tracks – the little things. He definitely helped me with all of these things. … He always gives me pointers… When you start to focus on the little things, you start to see your game improve a little bit afterwards. .”

But what about Hendershot, the lesser-known talent who has caught the eye of the Cowboys, and especially tight ends coach Londa Wells, on her way into April?

Well, he lacks neither talent nor confidence, each trait feeding the other in a way that has taken him from a town outside Indianapolis to center stage with the most watched and most valuable sports organization on Third Rock from the Sun.

Nicknamed “the villain” in his footballing youth, Hendershot was not unaccustomed to making eyeballs or turning over on his arrival.

“In high school, I had [type of] Trust me, maybe too much,” he explained. People hated me for that. …People don’t like the way I carry myself with confidence sometimes, but if that’s just you, you should bring it up. My coach always comes to me and says: “The villain. Get the villain out!”

This title showed itself in the aforementioned pre-season match with the Seahawks which, as Hendershot accepted, was also the first time the Cowboys coaching staff became aware of this. At one point in the competition, he was sitting on the bench with his head down and “thinking a lot” about “trying to do a good job” and showing the team what he’s capable of – then Ferguson told him to be the “villain”.

He went to the finish with three grabs for 39 yards with his sport fully displayed on a touchdown grab from reserve quarterback Will Greer, and he once again confirmed the authenticity of the very large tattoo on his back. Universe Wicked – next to an equally large tattoo of the Joker version of Heath Ledger.

“I just put my head down and keep working and getting ready like [you’re] “It will be the beginning,” Hendershot said. last week [when Schultz exited against the Bengals] It was an example. I did not play [in Week 1] But it’s about two minutes – the most important part of the game – you have to go there. This week doesn’t mean anything different to me because I’ve been preparing all the time.

“Anything can happen. This is my chance to go out there and get a lot of reps, so I’m ready to make the most of my opportunities.”

One of Hendershot’s best tools is his ability to create separation, something he has focused on improving for most of his football career.

“I attribute that to college where quarterbacks are not looking for tight ends,” Hendershot said. “I just told myself I don’t care if I’m going to get the ball or not, I’m going to open it up because they watch a movie like we do. So the more I open the more they say, ‘Okay, this guy’s always open so I’m going to start looking for him.'”

“Every day, every actor, my mindset is to open up, no matter what, and in the long run they’re going to start targeting me more with the ball.”

If Schultz gets sidelined on Monday against the Giants, you can bet Rush will do just that, a movie showing his faith in the rookie striker in targeting Hendershot in the eventual winning campaign with the ball directed to Noah Brown instead – who rolled it before it even reached the lawn. For both Hendershot and Ferguson, as Wells frequently repeats, their moment is not too late.

“It’s time to go,” Ferguson said of the message Wells gave the youngsters. “He definitely made me aware of the speed and was constantly reminding me, ‘Hey, it’s your time now. you have to go. “

In the pre-season, [Wells] He said the exact same thing, ‘You should be on your stuff. Make them remember you. That stuck with me. Even talking to Peyton when we’re not here, it’s like, ‘Hey, let’s make them remember’ [No. 87 and No. 89].

“Time to go. We’re here now. Time to show who we are.”

And in the very fitting words of Ledger’s Joker: Here we go.

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