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Escobar's Injury Opens Opportunities For Hannah, Swaim

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    ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 03: Gavin Escobar #89 of the Dallas Cowboys is tackled by Corey Moore #43 of the Houston Texans during a preseason game on September 3, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    We’ve been spoiled by Jason Witten for, like, forever.

    One of these days he won’t be the Cowboys’ main target on 3rd-and-anything. But who will be? With Gavin Escobar now out for the season with a torn Achilles, it’s time for a quick cameo from James Hannah.

    Hannah, who has been a major disappointment in an almost H-back role tailored more to receiving than blocking, is scheduled to be a free agent after the season. A chance to prove he belongs on the roster for 2016 and beyond? Or merely filling in as a lame-duck tight end destined to follow the path of John Phillips and his departure to the Chargers?

    The Cowboys also have 7th-round draft pick Geoff Swaim on the roster, and he’ll likely get some opportunities in the meaningless final two games.

    Even out of those candidates, not sure if the Cowboys know their ultimate replacement for Witten any more than they know Tony Romo’s successor.
     

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.