Where the Cowboys' new "Passing Game Coordinator" Scott Linehan would need two, sometimes three tight ends to handle the role in previous spots, he can use Jason Witten in the slot, on the line, in pass protection, as the front-side blocker or as the back-side blocker in the run game and even some fullback.
"He knows everything that you would ask a tight end to know but more," Linehan said. "I mean he's like a quarterback at tight end. He knows all the nuances of the run game. He knows the protections better than anyone. I just think so much of that is him making it that important. ...You can tell he made it his business to know as much as he needed to know."
Gavin Escobar is getting some buzz this summer, but Witten is still firmly atop the depth chart at tight end. He should be a rock solid pick in the middle rounds.