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Monday, June 3, 2013
Dante Rosario isn't just a camp body

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- What does the signing of veteran Dante Rosario mean for the Cowboys?

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This is not a camp body just to get through a couple of days. If the Cowboys wanted one of those, then they could have added some unknown face as the 90th guy on a 90-man roster or they just could have kept Paul Freedman, who was cut in favor of Rosario.

Rosario is more like James Hanna and second-rounder Gavin Escobar than he is Jason Witten. One scout described Rosario’s blocking as “serviceable.” He has some skill. He is big enough. He can also play special teams. He had four tackles in San Diego for the Cowboys’ new special teams coach, Rich Bisaccia.

Even after taking Escobar in the second round, the Cowboys have kept the search for another tight end alive. They missed out on a waiver claim on Mickey Shuler Jr. and now they have added Rosario.

Are they down on Escobar? It’s way too early for that. Are they down on Hanna? He’s done a nice job in the offseason and has maintained his No. 2 role in organized team activities.

The Cowboys are clearly marrying themselves to “12 personnel” with how they have looked at the position.

If anything it continues to spell the end for a traditional fullback on the 53-man roster. Lawrence Vickers is recovering from back surgery and has been unable to practice in the offseason. When he is healthy, he will have to show he’s worth keeping.