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What Happened to Hanna? And Do You Care?


Ahhh, James Hanna. Two hundred and fourty-nine pounds and a sub 4.5-40. The next Vernon Davis? The perfect complement to Jason Witten?

Or maybe not. He almost went all of preseason without a catch. Didn't have one until the fifth game. It seemed like such a big deal early in the spring--the new 12 personnel offense, the H-back role, the potential to line up as a wide out, etc., etc.

And then Dez Bryant stole the show. Dominating anyone and everyone they put on him, in practice and in preseason games.

Add in the work of Lance Dunbar, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Miles Austin and it becomes very easy to forget all about Hanna.

But I'm curious what the real story with Hanna is at this point. I haven't read a single negative account of his efforts this offseason, yet nothing we have seen indicates that he is a significant part of their plans, other than blocking.

When he was drafted, the negatives in his scouting report indicated he didn't play anywhere near as fast as his 40 time and that he wasn't consistent enough catching the football, especially with contested catches. But I have never read a report about his work in Dallas that confirms that is the case.

So what are your thoughts? Has anyone heard anything tangible and specific about Hanna?

Could Hanna be the ultimate secret weapon that Dallas plans to unleash against New York on Sunday night. He runs a seam route when they least expect it, torching the Giants secondary?

My feeling all along was that if Hanna became a truly dangerous receiver, that would be the tipping point for this offense. They would officially become indefensible, because opposing defensive coordinator's brains would fry trying to devise a scheme to shut down so many weapons coming from so many packages.

What do you think?

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