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    Cowboys Roster Crunch: TE Depth More Important Than WR

    The ' roster is immensely deep, particularly on the offensive side of the ball where the most talked about player on the team right now is QB2 hopeful UDFA . Whether or not Rush has a spot on this team comes down to the roster crunch at wide receiver and tight end in my eyes, where the Cowboys have reliable starters at the top of both depth charts paired with intriguing depth below.

    Stealing the show this has been TE , as the Cowboys' year-long commitment to him as a member of their last year has paid off so far with Gathers taking significant strides as a legitimate vertical and threat.

    Gathers did not play against the Colts last week at though, and in his absence it was WR making a highlight play with a touchdown reception on a Cooper Rush pass.

    Cowboys Roster: TE Depth More Important Than WR
    Aug 19, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Noah Brown (85) catches a third quarter touchdown against Dante Blackmon (37) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

    Not as noticeable were the important contributions from and , two tight ends that have dealt with their own injuries to return to Dallas' lineup and make an impact that reaches farther on 's than that of any backup receiver.

    Seeing Noah Brown line up outside with in the slot was a great moment, and I know I'm not alone in admitting my mind was racing with possibilities on the outside that could soon include rookie and perhaps .

    All of this WR depth has to be put in perspective though, as come meaningful football for the Cowboys it will be , , and primarily being targeted by . This is the offensive continuity that has had eager for the , and the current stable of TEs adds a needed element of diversity to the offense.

    When healthy, James Hanna can significantly help the Cowboys' rushing attack as a physical blocking TE with some impressive movement ability. Assuming the Cowboys will be playing without for some time this season, and with a new starter at RT in , the need for this willing blocker at the end of the line of scrimmage is clear.

    Entering year two, Geoff Swaim possesses more of a complete game that the Cowboys seem content with expanding. Swaim may not be the assuring blocker that Hanna is, but he can run sharp routes and be a dual-threat option across from in heavier packages.

    Geoff Swaim

    For as potent as this team's passing offense expects to be in 2017, the Cowboys' strength on that side of the ball is going to be their rushing attack for years to come. Protecting depth at TE will be more important that doing so at WR – where starters are already set in stone and upside is significantly lower.

    Tough roster decisions are coming for a Cowboys team that is the deepest it has been in years, and it will soon be time for Cowboys Nation to hitch their wagon to the likes of Andy Jones, Noah Brown, Rico Gathers, or Cooper Rush based on how they would like to see this football team be built.

    As the 13-3 defending champions of the East, I would like to see a deep group of four tight ends compliment the best and in the league for the Cowboys moving forward.

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    Sean Martin
    Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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    dallas1966

    Once Rico returns, the ghost of Billy Joe Dupree returns, as well. Keep 4 TE’s.