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Draft Breakdown by Position: Tightend

Posted on: February 9, 2010 8:08 pm
 
Last up in my analysis of the Cowboy's Position by Position at least on Offense is Tightend. 

This is clearly a huge strength on the team, though some have questions based on some expectations created in the off-season.

Lets get to it: 



Tightend
   


Jason Witten  6'5 263 TE 
  Tennessee   7 years 
 
In 2003, Jason Witten was drafted in the third round (69th overall) by Dallas.  Through seven seasons, Jason Witten has emerged as one of the top tight ends in the NFL and the most prolific pass catching tight ends in Cowboys history. He has appeared in six consecutive Pro Bowl games to pass Jay Novacek for the most Pro Bowl appearances by a Cowboys tight end. After a 2007 season that saw Witten establish a club tight end record with 96 catches while also becoming the first tight end in franchise history - 13th in league history - to top 1,000 yards in a season, Witten now owns the top spot for career receiving yards among club tight ends.  His 96 catches in 2007 tied the third-most ever by a tight end in the league and were the most by an NFC tight end. His reception total from 2007 allowed him to become just the eighth tight end in league history, first in Cowboys history, to put together four consecutive seasons with at least 60 catches. He broke his own record in 2009 with a 94 catch 1030 yards and 48 first downs and 2 touch downs. 

Witten is Romo's security blanket just as Novacek proved for Troy Aikman. For his career Witten has started 101 and 112 games, caught 523 balls for 5965 yards 27 touchdowns and 293 first downs, and he just keeps ticking.

Jason Witten signed a 6 year 29 million dollar contract thru 2012 w/ 12 million dollar guarantee.     




Martellus Bennett 6'6 266
  Texas A&M   2 years 

Martellus Bennett proved to be the perfect compliment to Jason Witten in 2008 that arguably places the duo amongst the top tight end tandems in the NFL entering the 2009 season. His production during his rookie season gave glimpses of the talent the Cowboys invested in the former second round draft pick, particularly in his ability to find the end zone as Bennett tied for second on the team in 2008 with four touchdown receptions, including a streak of three consecutive games with a scoring grab.

But for many including himself Bennett's 2009 season was somewhat of a disappointment.  I watched Bennett in camp and it seemed he was poised to have a super year.  His speed, athletisism, and size, are a huge match-up problem for opposing defenses.  He has all the skills of ALL-PRO Antonio Gates. But it seemed that Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett and/or Tony Romo just did not get Martellus involved in the offense even to the degree he was in 08.  Bennetts number took a step back in every catagory and this cannot all be a product of 'his' play as he did it in 08.  On a brighter side, Bennett proved to be a huge asset in the Blocking game. 

I think all Cowboy fans should hope for the breakout season we were anticipating in 2009 in 2010.  We can only hope.

Martellus Bennett signed a 4 year 2.570 million dollar contract thur 2011 ( Restricted free agent ) 


John Phillips  6'5,  255
  TE Virgina  1 years  

The Dallas Cowboys used their second selection in the sixth round (208th overall) on tight end John Phillips. In Dallas, Phillips will have the opportunity to develop behind one of the NFL's best tight ends in Jason Witten and second-year man Martellus Bennett while under the tutelage of his former college coach, and current Cowboys tight ends coach, John Garrett, with whom he spent two seasons with at Virginia (2005-06). Phillips finished his collegiate career with 69 receptions for 670 yards with five touchdowns as a Cavalier

Phillips emerged as a clutch 3rd option from that position glving the Cowboys the best trio of Tightends in the league.

4 year 1.75 million dollar contract thur 2012 ( Restricted free agent )


 
Most Likely Pick 

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