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Hanna Remains Confident

James Hanna will have to fight for playing time after Dallas drafted TE Gavin Escobar in the second round last month



    A lot of folks were surprised when the Dallas Cowboys selected San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar in the second round of last month’s draft, not because Escobar isn’t a solid pick (he is) but because the team had just drafted a tight end last year in the University of Oklahoma’s James Hanna (and then there's a guy on the roster called Jason Witten).

    Hanna had finished 2012 strong and Dallas seemed to be high on him, but Escobar is much the same type of player.

    So where does the selection leave Hanna?

    "I'm pretty confident in myself and I feel like I have a lot to bring (to the team and) a lot of different aspects to the game, and (Escobar) does too," Hanna said, per ESPN Dallas. "So just having great players is good for the team."

    Hanna has reportedly spent the offseason trying to bulk up and become a better blocker under position coach Wes Phillips, a skill that will serve him well in the battle for playing time.

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