Today, I will be continuing my breakdown of the Dallas Cowboys’ post-NFL Draft roster by position. So far we have covered the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. Today the focus will be on the tight end position.
Let’s start by looking at Dallas’ starting tight end Jason Witten. Witten means so much to the Cowboys. He is the vocal and emotional leader of the offense. He gives 100 percent on every play no matter what the score is. Witten is also Tony Romo’s security blanket. Witten is 32 years old, but he seems to still have plenty left in the tank and that is a great thing for the Cowboys.
I am not sure who the No. 2 TE is going to be in 2014, but I know who the Cowboys hope will win the job, and that is Gavin Escobar. Dallas was highly criticized for using a second-round pick in the 2013 draft on Escobar. His rookie performance did not help the Cowboys’ case for drafting him. If Escobar does not take a huge step forward in 2014, he will have to be added to Dallas’ long list of draft day misses.
The other option is James Hanna. Dallas drafted Hanna in 2012 and he has not been productive in his two seasons. Hanna has only caught 20 passes in his career and has yet to find the end zone.
The Cowboys have relied heavily on Witten for years, and they will continue to do so in 2014. At the same time, Dallas will also be hoping to develop one of their young TEs with the hope he can one day fill the huge void left when Witten retires.