During Schultz’s final season at Stanford, Mills tore his ACL and was a medical redshirt in 2017. The tight end caught 22 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns through 11 games, which were enough to convince the Dallas Cowboys to take him in Round 4 of the 2018 NFL draft.
Although the Mills era began after Schultz left, the 26-year-old nevertheless appreciates the challenges the quarterback faced to lead the Cardinal offense.
“It’s hard to say just how much he has grown, but obviously you have to grow a whole lot coming in from your freshman year at a place like Stanford to the league,” Schultz told reporters June 6 after organized team activities.”
Having Mills on the roster along with defensive lineman Thomas Booker helps Schultz feel at home.
Said Schultz: “I’m excited for him and it’s great to have another Stanford boy in here. Him and Book both, but, yeah, I think it’s one of those things where you can kind of reminisce on the good ole days. It’s nice having another guy like him here.”
Mills is currently in a battle for the starting quarterback job, and Schultz won’t discount his former Stanford teammate’s ability to compete in the NFL.
“Everybody on this team can play in the league — point blank period,” Schultz said.