Here it is first people! The first BTB fanpost on the newest addition to the CowboysNation - TE Dante Rosario. This yeoman tight end comes to us from the San Diego Chargers after he was released, and he was just signed today. This signing shows us the importance that the FO and the offensive coaching staff is putting on the TE position. Rosario is a young veteran TE who has shown the ability to get open, make clutch catches when the team needs them. Oh, and did I mention that he's a great BLOCKING TE? Yep, that right there is the main reason I think he was signed. Overall in his NFL career, he's compiled 99 receptions, 1,106 yards, and 8 touchdowns. Not too bad for journeyman TE....
Dante Rosario, of Dayton, Oregon played football all throughout high school - and eventually helped lead his high school team to a Class 2A State Championship (in a 45-20 rout of Amity). Rosario also played center for his high school basketball team (2 time defending state champions), and he even was a stellar track & field athlete. Rosario went on to play at the University of Oregon, playing and starting at FOUR different positions (3 of which are of significant importance to us Cowboys faithful - H-back, Fullback, and Tight End). In 49 games at Oregon, he compiled 98 receptions, 1,003 yards, and 11 touchdowns (he also rushed for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns, and was a special teams ace as well).
Rosario comes to us in Dallas at a time when there is a lot of talk about switching over to a 12 personnel base set, and utilizing the 3 TE set quite frequently. In order to do this and pull it off, there would have to be a great blocking presence in the stable of Cowboys TE's. Without the Rosario signing we had pretty much Jason Witten (a serviceable blocker). James Hanna is not known for his blocking prowess, and Gavin Escobar was said to have quite meek blocking skills coming out of SDSU. There was Colin Cochart in the mix as well, and while he's known for his blocking abilities, he isn't considered much of a receiving threat. The addition of Rosario gives the Cowboys a blocking presence at TE (who also has pretty good hands too), as well as a young veteran to pair with Jason Witten to learn from him and to teach Hanna and Escobar.
I think this could be considered a steal of a signing. He's got proven hands (anybody remember a couple years ago when he scored a touchdown against us when he played for the Panthers?), and is considered a great blocker. I know that one thing we need is someone to replace Martellus Bennett and his blocking prowess. Could Rosario do just that? I'd like to think so.