Hanna, not Escobar, works as second TE

July, 21, 2013
7/21/13
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OXNARD, Calif. -- Second-round pick Gavin Escobar won’t just be given a starting job despite the Dallas Cowboys’ plan to use two-tight end sets in their base offense.

Escobar, the 47th overall pick, will have to beat out James Hanna.

Hanna, a sixth-round pick in 2012 whose playing time increased late in his rookie season, worked with the starters during Sunday’s walkthrough to open up training camp.

“Oh, it’s going to be competitive,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “It’s going to be competitive throughout our football team as to who makes our team and who plays and what their roles are. It’s no different at the tight end position.

“We really like James Hanna. We drafted him and his progress and development over the course of last year was unbelievable. He just got better and better and better before our eyes. As you guys remember, we used him a lot toward the end of the year, and he really became a little bit of a mismatch player for us in certain situations. So we like what he’s all about, what he’s done, his development, his growth.”

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