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Playoff Primer: Dallas Cowboys Tight Ends

is set to become the all-time leader for receiving yards in this postseason, which is a remarkable honor for the future .

The depth behind him though is relatively nonexistent, as the Cowboys will enter the without the services of or at TE. Instead, it will be the always reliable Witten paired with the anything-but-reliable to round out this unit.

Let's breakdown both players in another edition of Playoff Primer.

Jason Witten

Jason Witten

What more is there to say about Jason Witten? A 14-year veteran, Witten has only played in the playoffs five times in his silver and blue career. Through playoff seasons like this one to 4-12 campaigns from just a year ago though, Witten has always maintained a level of professionalism that is unrivaled throughout the NFL.

Fortunately for Witten, as he focuses on chasing down the he deserves so much, four of the remaining five teams in the rank in the top ten when it comes to receptions allowed to opposing tight ends this postseason.

Once a reliable target for (I'm not crying, you are), Jason has proved to be much of the same for rookie QB . Witten may look a step behind in this fast paced Dallas at times, with his age showing as a flag flies for his weekly false start or holding , but he is still just as trusty with the ball in his hands to move the sticks on critical downs.

If the Dallas Cowboys are going to advance through the playoffs, it almost feels like a guarantee that Jason Witten will make some memorable plays, and should be very excited. Particularly, I think we'll see a fair share of throws from Prescott outside of the pocket, where Witten can get moving across the field to free himself for easy receptions.

Gavin Escobar

This is where my job gets funny sometimes. I could tell you what to expect from Gavin Escobar this postseason, but in this case your guess is truly just as good as mine.

What we do know is that Escobar, when given opportunities, can be a dynamic pass catcher. The problem for the pick from 2013 has been getting those opportunities in a scheme that does not fit him.

A lot of minded Cowboys' fans are already calling for this team to use their pick this year on a TE to seemingly replace Escobar (who will be a ). The logic makes sense, since the one area of the field Dallas has not been able to consistently attack in the is the deep middle area.

For now, Escobar is 's only real threat in this area, entering the with just four catches for 30 yards this season.

Maybe Gavin Escobar's shining moment in has not come yet, as he'll run wide open on a pivotal play sometime in the next few weeks. Or maybe, and more realistically, he'll stand lost on the sideline on his path towards – watching Jason Witten put in work at his position.

If Escobar was a better blocker, he would absolutely play an important role for the Cowboys moving forward, but they will instead miss Hanna and Swaim in these roles. Gavin is truly just a receiving tight end, that hasn't done a lot of receiving over the last four seasons.

As you enjoy the conclusion of Weekend, make sure to stay posted to Inside The Star as I round out the offense in this series before moving on to the . Tomorrow, we'll look at the most important position in sports – the quarterbacks. 

Before the Dallas Cowboys kickoff in the Divisional Round against either the or , Playoff Primer will every position on the Cowboys, and you can discuss any of these articles with me on Twitter @ShoreSportsNJ!

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
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 every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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