TE James Hanna, Free agent
HT: 6-4, WT: 252, Born: 7-14-1989, College: Oklahoma, Drafted: Round 6
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Hanna is a capable blocker and will rarely catch passes.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 2 - After no involvement in the passing game in Week 1, the athletic tight end saw five targets against the Chiefs. All of his receptions were of the short variety, functioning as a safety value option for Romo with limited yards after the catch.
Week 8 - It was James Hanna and not Gavin Escobar as the secondary tight end of note against Detroit. Hanna had two short receptions, one of which came on a third-and-long, finishing well-short of the first down. Hanna showed off his speed with a handful of yards-after-the-catch on a reception in the flat early in the game. With Jason Witten and Escobar also in the mix, Hanna’s involvement in the offense will be hit-and-miss going forward.
Week 9 - Hanna saw a long target against the Vikings, coming wide open on a play-action pass behind the linebackers. Hanna’s speed was apparent as he ran his route against linebackers. He is an underutilized weapon in Dallas’ offense as he rarely sees anything but outlet targets. This week was the rare exception this season thus far.
Week 10 - Hanna was the leading receiver against New Orleans with just three catches. He saw a vast majority of the snaps as the secondary tight end behind Jason Witten. Hanna was used as an outlet target on quick hitches and out routes, in addition to a well-defensed tight end screen in the second half. Hanna’s athleticism flashes when he gets a few yards from the line of scrimmage, but those opportunities are few and far between given his limited role in the offense at this time.
Week 15 - Hanna’s lone target came on an inaccurate pass where he has gained separation on an out route. Gavin Escobar played ahead of Hanna and saw more work in the passing game this week against the Packers.