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Getting To Know ... Rookie Tight End James Hanna


Position: Tight end

Height/Weight:6-4, 249

Age: 23

College: Oklahoma

NFL Exp:Rookie

How Acquired: D6 – '12

Hometown:Flower Mound, TX

Fitting in:After Martellus Bennett departed in free agency, the Cowboys looked to add another tight end through the draft, and came away with Hanna in the sixth round. For now, he's fighting to earn a spot as the third tight end on the roster behind Jason Witten and fourth-year player John Phillips. He will have to impress the coaches throughout training camp to prove he deserves meaningful snaps during the season.

So Far:During the rookie pre-camp in Dallas last week, Hanna was the primary tight end and got valuable reps within the offense. At times he's struggled catching the ball, but has seemed to show a solid awareness of the responsibilities within the offense.

Best Asset:Hanna has great speed as a tight end. He ran a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine. He is also willing and able to contribute on special teams.

You Should Know:Hanna grew up in Flower Mound, Texas, near Dallas, and was such a big Cowboys fan that when he went off to college at Oklahoma, the checkbook he took with him contained personalized Dallas Cowboys checks.

A Mouthful:"Right now I'm just working on having really solid fundamentals in my techniques, understanding the offense and also contributing to special teams."

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