Cowboys 2018 Off-Season Plan: Tight End

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The Dallas Cowboys are excited for the tight end position in 2018.

As the Cowboys headed into the preseason this year, they had high hopes for their young, yet raw tight end.  Rico Gathers is a match-up nightmare for any defensive coordinator.  He is too big to put a cornerback on, but too fast for a safety or linebacker to hang with him.  That was seen during the preseason.

Gathers was phenomenal in the preseason games he played it.  However, a concussion he served in training camp forced the season debut to get pushed back, therefore, keeping him on the injured reserve for the entire 2017 football season.

The loss of Gathers wasn’t seen because we truly don’t know what he can do.  It’s all about upside and what we hope he can do in games that are meaningful.  That upside is still there and hopefully finally gets to be witnessed in 2018.

Jason Witten is still the man in Dallas!

He is the true veteran leader of this team and likely will be treated like Antonio Gates has been treated in Los Angeles with the Chargers.  We haven’t seen that major drop off in talent for Witten, he is still the same player that is trusted to make big plays when Dallas needs that crucial first down.  However, that time is going to eventually come, and you just hope that his replacement will be found.

Blake Jarwin is another young tight end the Cowboys love.  Earlier this season, the Cowboys promoted Jarwin to the active roster.  This move was done to prevent their division rivals, Philadelphia Eagles, from stealing him from the Cowboys practice squad.

James Hanna and Geoff Swaim are both players the Cowboys like, but both are similar in their play on the football field.  With the upside that both Gathers and Jarwin bring, Dallas likely has room for one additional tight end, if that.

Carrying four tight ends isn’t typical on an active roster, but Hanna or Swaim bring a different strength this tight end group.  Both are entering contract years, but only one might get the shot in Dallas this upcoming season.

With Witten back for his 16th season, I see the Cowboys carrying four total tight ends.  Look for Gathers to finally showcase his skills in 2018, with Swaim and Jarwin rounding out the tight end spots.

No need to draft a TE in April’s draft!

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