Witten’s retirement would leave Dallas’ group of pass catchers with few established options.

Terrance Williams is the only target returning who had more than 500 receiving yards last year, though the team added Allen Hurns in free agency.

The existing options at tight end are Geoff Swaim, the only returning player at the position to catch a pass last year (two for 25 yards), Rico Gathers and Blake Jarwin.

Executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that word of Witten’s impending decision was news to us but that the team was confident about the outlook at tight end.

The sure-handed target averaged more than 50 catches at Penn State the past two seasons and posted one of the most athletic combine performance at his position in the history of the event.

With glaring needs in the trenches and the understandable Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys attention given to improving the ground game with any number of options in this deep class of running backs, the idea of adding a pass-catchers has been pushed to the background. But general manager Bob Quinn has shown a willingness to think long-term with his early-round picks, exhibited most recently with last year’s selection of cornerback Teez Tabor in the second round. For that reason alone, we can’t rule out the same approach with wide receivers or tight ends this year.

In many ways, Sweat compares to Carter. Both are former five-star recruits, offer similar frames and top-end athleticism. Sweat is an explosive athlete who hasn’t come close to reaching his potential, but has a skill set that begs to be developed by a competent NFL line coach.

Thomas is less polished than Goedert, but will probably be a better blocker early in his career. Again, you’re looking at a prospect who has a resume rich with athletic potential. Given the team wouldn’t need immediate production, he’d be set up to be developed as a rookie, similar to the way the Lions brought along Michael Roberts last year.

The Lions have three safeties on the roster, and Quandre Diggs and DeShawn Shead also have experience playing the position, but there’s still a long-term need at the position. Diggs and Shead are free agents at the end of next season, while Glover Quin turns 33 in January. Bates has ideal size, athleticism, versatility Cheap College Basketball Jerseys and instincts to play for Patricia.

Hubbard isn’t the same level of athlete as Carter or Sweat, but at 270 pounds, he has the frame to better hold up in a variety of packages. Hubbard isn’t going to overwhelm anyone with a dominant skill, but he’s well-rounded and plays with a high motor.

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