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James Hanna





6 Years Pro

2015 Season

  • rec9
  • yds79
  • avg8.8
  • tds0


08/30/16: Placed on Reserve/PUP with a knee injury.

03/11/16:  Signed a three-year contract as an unrestricted free agent with Dallas through 2018.

04/28/12:  Drafted in the sixth round (186th overall) by Dallas.

Gameday Photos


With the loss of Martellus Bennett in 2012 free agency, the Cowboys were in need of a young, talented tight end and found that with their selection of James Hanna in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Hanna’s mix- ture of size, speed and hands helped him earn playing time in two- and three-tight end sets as a rookie. Hanna finished his rookie season playing in all 16 games with two starts, and he caught eight passes for 86 yards. He also saw time on special teams coverage units and finished fifth on the squad with 10 tackles. In his second season, Hanna earned eight starts in 16 games, seeing time mainly as a blocker, but caught 12 passes for 73 yards. In his third season, Hanna started 12 of the 16 games he played and was primarily used as a blocker for the league’s leading rusher as the Dallas offense finished 2014 second in the league in rushing (2,354). He also was second on the team with 12 special teams stops. The 2015 season was much of the same for the consistent all-around tight end as Hanna started seven of the 14 games he played and caught nine passes for 79 yards while helping to block for another 1,000-yard rusher (Darren McFadden). Hanna suffered a knee injury leading up to 2016 training camp that put him on Reserve/PUP for the entire year. He will return in 2017 looking to solidify the second tight end slot.



  • An offseason knee injury led to surgery, and he spent the season on Reserve/PUP.


  • Started seven of the 14 games he played as the club’s second tight end and caught nine passes for 79 yards while helping block for McFadden’s second career 1,000-yard season.
  • Also finished sixth with six special teams tackles.
  • Played in his 50th career game and helped Dallas average 6.0 yards-per-run against Atlanta (9/27).
  • Caught his first pass of the season - a seven-yarder - at New Orleans (10/4).
  • Caught one pass for six yards, helped the offense rack up 460 yards, including 233 on the ground, and made a special teams stop at the N.Y. Giants (10/25).
  • Started in a two-tight end set at Washington (12/7) and caught one pass for 11 yards while adding a pair of special teams stops.
  • Against the N.Y. Jets (12/19) caught one pass for 17 yards and helped block for McFadden’s fifth 100-yard game of the season - second-most in his career.
  • At Buffalo (12/27) caught one pass for 10 yards and was part of a front that did not yield a sack in Kellen Moore’s first career start.


  • Played in all 16 games with 12 starts, helping block for the league’s leading rusher, second-ranked rushing attack and top-rated passer, and caught four passes for 48 yards.
  • Also finished second on the squad with a career-best 12 special teams tackles.
  • Started the season opener against San Francisco (9/7) and helped block for DeMarco Murray to rush for 118 yards - his eighth career 100-yard game.
  • In the win over New Orleans (9/28), was a part of an offense that cleared the way for Murray to rush for his fourth straight 100-yard game (149) and a touchdown on 24 carries. Murray became the seventh NFL player to rush for 100 yards in each of the first four games of the season and one of just four with a touchdown in each.
  • Helped lead Murray to his fifth straight 100-yard performance in the overtime win against Houston (10/5). Murray joined Jim Brown (1958) and O.J. Simpson (1973 and 1975) as the only running backs to rush for 100 yards in each of the first five games of a season.
  • Guided Murray to his sixth straight 100-yard game with 115 yards at Seattle (10/12) to join Brown (1958) as the only men in NFL history with six consecutive 100-yard games to open a season.
  • Helped Murray become the first player in NFL history to rush for 100-plus yards in each of the first seven games of a season, finishing with 128) against the N.Y. Giants (10/19).
  • Caught one pass for 27 yards on third down and helped Murray rush for his 10th 100-yard game of the season in the come-from-behind win at the N.Y. Giants (11/23).
  • In the season-ending win at Washington (12/28), helped block for Murray to establish the club single-season rushing record (1,845) and the mark for 100-yard games in a season (12) as the back rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown. Also caught one pass for two yards.


  • Started eight of the 16 games he played in his second season and caught 12 passes for 73 yards.
  • Started in a two-tight end set at Kansas City (9/15) and finished with a career-high four catches for 20 yards.
  • Had one catch for three yards against Denver (10/6) then added two catches for 12 yards at Detroit (10/27).
  • Caught one ball for a season-long 21 yards against Minnesota (11/3).
  • Finished at New Orleans (11/10) with three catches for 11 yards.


  • Played in all 16 games with two starts and posted eight receptions for 86 yards. Also saw time on special teams units and finished fifth on the team with 10 tackles.
  • Made his NFL debut in the opener at the N.Y. Giants (9/5) and caught his first career pass for 10 yards and logged a team-high tying two special teams tackles.
  • Led the team with a pair of special teams tackles in the home-opening win over Tampa Bay (9/23).
  • Made his first career start as the team opened the game at Carolina (10/21) with three tight ends.
  • Caught two balls for 45 yards (career-high) with a career-long 29-yarder in the win against Pittsburgh (12/16).
  • Had a season-best three catches for 20 yards in the season finale at Washington (12/30).


  • Named All-Big 12 Conference second-team and Super Sleeper Team by The NFL Draft Report as a senior.
  • Started all 13 games at tight end, posting 27 receptions for 381 yards (14.1 avg.) and two touchdowns.
  • Earned All-Big 12 honorable mention as he started 12-of-14 games as a junior.
  • Finished with 18 receptions for 292 yards (16.2 avg.) and seven touchdowns.
  • Recorded his first career touchdown, a 46-yarder, against Florida State.
  • Appeared in all 13 games, earning two starts at tight end, catching six passes for 48 yards.
  • Played in 13 games, mainly on special teams as a freshman, where he recorded two tackles.


  • Selected Class 5A/Region 1 District VI Offensive MVP as a senior at Flower Mound, Texas, High School.
  • Earned Texas Sports Writers All-State Team as a wide receiver, ranked 20th in the nation as a tight end by Scout. com, 13th nationally by and was the 32nd best overall player in the state of Texas – 11th best tight end – by
  • Hauled in 53 passes for 764 yards (14.4 avg.) with 11 touchdowns as senior while adding 17 rushes for 131 yards, five punt returns for 145 yards with one touchdown – 71 yards – and six kickoff returns for 181 yards with another score.
  • As a junior, had 20 receptions for 330 yards (16.5 avg.) and two touchdowns.
  • Was a multidisciplinary studies major at Oklahoma.


  • 2012 Rookie Club presented by UnitedHealthcare.
  • 2012-17 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
  • 2013, 2016 Dallas Cowboys Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
  • 2014 NFL Play 60 clinic, London, England.
  • 2014 Fan Appreciation Pep Rally, London, England.
  • Annual Team Holiday Hospital Visits.
  • Kickoff Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
  • Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.


Career Stats


Recent Games

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