The Dallas Cowboys have two tight ends on their current roster, Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar. To say that they could use some depth at the position is an understatement.
Luckily, Jason Witten is Mr. Iron Man. To keep him off the field would mean that he's probably on death's doorstep or close to it. He is Mr. Reliable and is as unselfish as it comes, but if something were to happen to him, Gavin Escobar would have to step into that starting role.
Escobar has been a disappointment so far during his time with the Dallas Cowboys and no one really knows what kind of player he might actually be. He has the athleticism to be a threat in the passing game, but nothing is really materialized in that area.
It would be a huge hit to the Cowboys offense if Witten had to be replaced with Escobar, and would likely change the entire dynamic of the team, at least on the offensive side of the ball.
That is why I think the Dallas Cowboys should to take a long hard look at the former first-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions, Brandon Pettigrew.
Pettigrew was the 20th overall pick by the Lions back in the 2009 NFL Draft.
The Lions surprisingly released Pettigrew last week when he had just returned to practice after recovering from an ACL knee injury that he suffered last December.
Honestly, Brandon Pettigrew makes a lot of sense for the Dallas Cowboys for a number reasons.
First off, I think he would be an upgrade over Gavin Escobar as both a blocker and a receiver. He has already done both at a high level in the NFL. Escobar on the other hand really struggles at the point of attack as a blocker and hasn't really been utilized in the passing game so far in his career.
Secondly, Pettigrew already has experience in offensive coordinator Scott Linehan's scheme.
Linehan served as the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions from 2009-2013, Pettigrew's first five years in the NFL. During that time span, Pettigrew caught 284 passes for 2,828 yards and 16 touchdowns. That is definitely production the Dallas Cowboys could use from their #2 tight end.
Of course, this also makes sense when you think about the fact that the Dallas Cowboys still have the Detroit Lions on their schedule and will play them in a few weeks.
Pettigrew could provide some inside information about his former team. He probably would be more than happy to help out in anyway he could to stick it to the team that cast him aside after he was finally healthy enough to return to practice.
Bringing in Brandon Pettigrew really just makes too much sense not to happen, but doing the sensible thing isn't always what the Dallas Cowboys tend to do.
Honestly, I think this would be a great addition for the Cowboys offense, but unfortunately I'm not one of the decision-makers.
Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should sign Brandon Pettigrew?
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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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