Friday, May 24, 2013
Cowboys' tight end search will never end
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- With the Cowboys attempting to marry themselves to the two-tight end offense for the third time in eight years by taking Gavin Escobar in the second round of last month’s draft, the search for more tight ends never ends.
Two weeks ago, the Cowboys made a waiver claim on Mickey Shuler Jr. after he was cut by Oakland, but Buffalo received priority based on its record last season.
Jason Witten, Escobar, James Hanna, Colin Cochart, Andre Smith and Paul Freedman are on the current roster but the team is always on the lookout for more. They had B.J. Stewart and Taylor Cook in for tryouts at the recent rookie minicamp but neither player showed much.
Finding a veteran tight end with a blocking bent would appear to be a need behind Witten. Escobar, Hanna and Cochart are considered more pass catching tight ends. At 267 pounds, Smith would seem to fit the bill as a blocker. He was a late-season add to the practice squad in 2012 and the Cowboys decided he warranted a further look.
If the attempt to land Shuler is any indication, the Cowboys are not done looking for tight end help.