Welcome to the fourth installment of a Landry Hat exclusive, where we focus on previewing each of the offensive and defensive roster spots for the Dallas Cowboys, assessing the strengths and weaknesses for the team going into training camp next month. In case you missed any of the previous three previews, you can read about the quarterbacks in part one, the running backs in part two and the receivers in part three.
As a reminder of the positional preview process, I will make one bold prediction about the position, describe what the team needs from each player, offer my guess as to who makes the final fifty-three man cut and rank where each starter ranks in comparison to others at his position across the entire NFL.
Here is part four of the series, focusing on Dallas’ options at the tight end position:
Jason Witten, 32
Name a tight end, any tight end of any era of professional football, who you would consider the greatest of all time. Tony Gonzalez? Antonio Gates? Shannon Sharpe? Kellen Winslow, Sr.? None of them have done what Jason Witten has done. For seven straight years, Witten has provided the Cowboys with a guaranteed 70+ receptions and 850+ yards. Witten is the ultimate security blanket. Factor in that he missed one game in his eleven year career and it’s easy to say that the guy who does the Hall of Fame busts can just go ahead and schedule Witten’s appointment right now. Write it down in Sharpie ink: 80+ receptions and 900+ yards for 2014. He is the face of the franchise and will go down as one of the most beloved Cowboys of all time.
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