News: Rookie review: James Hanna

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    By Calvin Watkins |

    What he did: Hanna finished the season with just eight catches for 86 yards. Hanna was third on the depth chart behind John Phillips and, of course, Jason Witten for the majority of the regular season. But injures to Miles Austin and Dez Bryant in the regular-season finale at Washington forced the Cowboys to put Hanna on the field in key situations. Hanna had three catches for 20 yards -- with his longest catch going for eight yards -- against the Redskins. Hanna was considered a pass-catching tight end coming out of Oklahoma, but there was some concern about whether he could block well enough on a consistent basis. Hanna struggled in this area until later in the regular season, but he did a nice job in the passing game overall.

    Where he fits in the future: Phillips is a free agent, and it appears he in unlikely to return. If that's the case, Hanna would move into the role of No. 2 tight end behind Witten.

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  2. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    The concern was could he catch consistently.
  3. proline

    proline Active Member

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    I'm looking forward to seeing Hanna be a bigger factor in the passing game next year. Hanna down the seam is something we need to see more of.
  4. Woods

    Woods Well-Known Member

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    As I understand, Hanna became the number 2 TE towards the end of the season due to his progress.
  5. CowboysYanksLakers

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    I definitely hope to see this kid on the field more in 2013, he's a legit weapon down the field.
  6. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    The reason why Hanna slipped in the draft was because there was concern that he was not tough enough to make the catches over the middle; developing aligator arms. And he was also somewhat prone to dropsies in college.

    You look at his measureables and he was a 2nd rd pick as a TE.

    Now it seemed- though of course on a small sample- that those concerns did not have much evidence this season.

    Actually one could argue that in college football at least aat the BCS level you are more at risk at getting unloaded on as a receiver then in the NFL now.

    No defenceless player stuff in college football; and no Commissioner dealing out fines for big hits
  7. DBOY3141

    DBOY3141 Well-Known Member

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    I think Hannah has bright future. I think 2013 will be a really good year for him.
  8. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    I wonder why he says that. Too bad if true.
  9. blackbull

    blackbull Well-Known Member

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    Witten/Romo connection will never allow another tight end to I don't even know why people are getting their hopes up.
  10. RastaRocket

    RastaRocket Sanka, Ya Dead Mon? Ya Mon.

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    I don't think that's true at all. All any receiver needs beyond ability is Romo's trust. It's not like Martellus ever earned that.
  11. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    when Romo is desperate he will try anyone- but if he is not he will not throw to a guy he does not trust to get it done. And he trusts Witten above all others and for good reason. But he can learn to trust quickly- look at Robinson.
  12. Woods

    Woods Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering, CL, what did you really like about Phillips game? From what I read, Hanna supplanted him as the number 2 TE as the season progressed.
  13. Woods

    Woods Well-Known Member

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    and Harris and Beasley (to a lesser extent) are other examples.
  14. Wood

    Wood Well-Known Member

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    he looked like a dynamic player who was grossly being under-utilized.
  15. ghst187

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  16. CowboysYanksLakers

    CowboysYanksLakers Well-Known Member

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    Agreed, his speed for a TE is very dynamic!
  17. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    I believe Witten has maybe two or three more years at top level and that is when Hannah will become the #1 TE on this team.

    I would imagine that we see him getting more and more involved next season.
  18. RastaRocket

    RastaRocket Sanka, Ya Dead Mon? Ya Mon.

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    Exactly, Robinson is a great example.
  19. Eskimo

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    I don't believe it is fair to criticize the staff for Hanna's development. This was a kid from a major program who had off the chart measurables for a TE and still slipped all the way to the 6th round. Not many in the league believed he could be a competent pass catching TE. By the end of his rookie year it looked like he could be a dangerous receiving option. There was obviously a lot of work to do to make him look that way and the coaching staff should be congratulated for developing someone who looks like a future weapon for the offense.

    My basic point is that outside of the top 10 most players are not quite ready to step in and play in the NFL. You pick someone with potential whose holes you can fix with fitness training, technique and fundamentals training, film study and play recognition. Hanna looked every bit like a second round pick out there just getting his feet wet. The staff is likely bringing him along properly and inserting him into spots where they think he can be successful today without making a grave error on the field.
  20. Redball Express

    Redball Express All Aboard!!!

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    First Fascano, then Bennett now this guy.

    No wonder the offense struggles so much. All the passing attack goes to Witten, he's slowing down and injury-prone, scares nobody past 6 yards past the line of scrimmage..

    ..and we can't develop anybody to replace Witten or compliment him.

    It's a paradox followed by a cunumdrum underlined by lack of willingness to get receiving help at the flanker spots and out of the backfield.


    :starspin RedBaLL EXPreSS :starspin

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