By Jonathan Bales
Category: Polls, Recent
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I went with Mike Hamlin. Not because I think he’ll beat out Alan Ball, but i think he’ll get some playing time with certain packages. Plus, he’s only an injury away from starting anyways. If Ball gets hurt, Hamlin is the logical replacement. And if any corner goes down, it looks like they’d slide Ball over to the #3 corner, so he has two ways an injury might get him on the field more. Not to mention he’ll probably play most of the special teams.
With Jason Williams, i think Lee would get the start in case of injury. Brandon Williams, at best IMO, will only get situational pass rush opportunities. I think the same can be said for Victor Butler. I think you could make a case for John Phillips, given the amount of time he got towards the end of the season. But I think the Cowboys still wanna see Bennett out there as the #2 tight end as long as he’s healthy.
Great point about Hamlin’s opportunities–he does have two ways to make it onto the field, it appears.
I also think you are right about Bennett being the #2. He struggled last season, but he was still a solid blocker (an area where Phillips actually struggled, contrary to popular belief).
Agreed. I really like Phillips, and I think there’s a small chance that he’ll take over the number 2 spot if Bennett has another year like last year. But, as you demonstrated in your Tight End rankings article, Phillips has a long way to go as far as blocking. If only all our tight ends could be mentored by Dan Campbell. : )
Haha…well Witten isn’t a bad role model.
Oh certainly not…. I just hold a soft spot for Campbell.
I thought about Hamlin, and hope he is successful. I think he is talented but haven’t seen enough. Voted for Phillips based on his performance last year. Expected little or nothing from him last year as a 6th round rookie, and although he has his flaws, I felt he gained some valuable NFL game experience. Barring a sophmore slump, I expect him to get more opportunities now that the coaches know what he can do.
I like Phillips as well, but I don’t see his targets increasing significantly. With the addition of Dez Bryant and the emergence of Felix Jones, I’m not sure how man balls will be available to go Phillips’ way.
If I had to guess it will be somebody with an “L” in their name, possibly even two “Ls”.
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