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Gavin Escobar | Tight End

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 260
College: San Diego State
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ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar will see an expanded role this season.
Archer is the latest in a long line predicting a bigger role for Escobar. At 6'6/249, Escobar is a big target with athleticism to makes plays downfield, as evidenced by his head-over-heels flip into the endzone during Week 17 last season. On a team short of established pass-catching talent beyond Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, 23-year-old Escobar has the opportunity to carve out a decent role. He is a TE2 with upside for a lot more. Jul 12 - 12:43 PM
Source: ESPN Dallas

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The Cowboys' official site suggests Gavin Escobar has had his role expanded during OTAs.

Escobar played only 207 snaps as a second-round rookie due to deficiencies as a blocker. But with pass-happy Scott Linehan in town, the need for Escobar's skill set has grown as there's little pass-catching talent in Dallas behind Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten. Escobar isn't going to steal snaps from Witten, but he should get on the field in some "12" packages as a fantasy TE3 with upside for more. He could be start-able if Witten went down.
Jun 11 - 9:35 AM

Jason Witten said second-year TE Gavin Escobar's blocking has noticeably improved.

Escobar made it a point to get stronger over winter, and he should be much better at the point of attack. We already knew Escobar had outstanding hands as a pass catcher. He just couldn't get on the field as a rookie because he couldn't block. Tight ends in today's NFL don't have to be stud blockers; they simply need to be willing ones. Escobar is the clear-cut No. 2 tight end in Dallas.
May 20 - 12:33 PM

Cowboys "OC" Scott Linehan is "really excited to see" what second-year TE Gavin Escobar can do in 2014.

"The Escobar kid is a guy that’s kind of somewhat untapped at this point," Linehan said. "It’s not because he doesn’t have the ability to do it. We really liked him [in Detroit] last year coming out in the draft." Linehan is going to spread the Cowboys out and pass it a ton, which will give Escobar more opportunities to catch the ball. He played just 206 snaps as a rookie and should have no problem doubling that in 2014. Escobar is best in the slot and off the line.
May 13 - 1:49 PM

ESPNDallas' Todd Archer believes TE Gavin Escobar "will play a lot more in 2014."

Escobar only saw 206 snaps in his rookie campaign mostly because of his struggles as a blocker. Those struggles may not subside in 2014, but Archer believes the Cowboys will focus on utilizing Escobar's strengths as a pass catcher. Escobar is an interesting stash in Dynasty formats, but he will be a non-factor in re-draft leagues as long as Jason Witten is on the field.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 26 - 10:02 AM

Cowboys hired Mike Pope as tight ends coach.

They're stealing him from the division-rival Giants, where Pope was widely considered the NFL's premier tight ends coach, and some even viewed him as the single most effective position coach in all of football. It's good news for rising second-year TE Gavin Escobar, who struggled to earn playing time as a rookie. Assuming Escobar is on board, Pope will whip him into shape.
Jan 23 - 4:02 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes the team under-utilized rookie TE Gavin Escobar this season.

The No. 47 overall pick of last April's draft, Escobar played only 206 snaps. He caught nine passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Escobar's second score was an acrobatic flip into the end zone in Dallas' Week 17 loss to the Eagles. Standing in at 6-foot-6, 254 pounds, Escobar has serious athletic skill, but has a long way to go as a blocker. He was mistake prone as a rookie. Escobar will surely get a longer look in 2014, but the presence of Jason Witten ensures he'll be a TE2, at best.
Jan 20 - 5:02 PM

Cowboys rookie TE Gavin Escobar caught a 24-yard touchdown in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Rams.

It was Escobar's first career touchdown. The second-rounder saw two targets on the days and now has just three catches for 40 yards and the score after three games. He's not on the re-draft radar, and we're not in love with his dynasty prospects.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 06:53:00 PM

Cowboys second-round TE Gavin Escobar wasn't targeted in Saturday's fourth preseason game.

Escobar's only notable moment came when he missed a motion call from Tony Romo, and forced the Cowboys to burn a timeout. That earned him a lecture from Romo, and benching from coach Jason Garrett. Bumbling through a terrible camp, Escobar heads into Thursday's preseason finale with six catches for 35 yards and a score. He's off the fantasy radar.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 12:44:00 AM

According to's Bryan Broaddus, rookie TE Gavin Escobar has been outplayed by TE Andre Smith in training camp.

Escobar has been destroyed as a blocker in preseason games, and has one catch for three yards. Smith is a roster bubble tight end and essentially a six offensive lineman. Don't expect any year-one fantasy contributions from Escobar.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 01:58:00 PM

Coach Jason Garrett says second-round TE Gavin Escobar has "got to get stronger."

"He knows that; we know that," Garrett continued. "He just has to keep working at it. But one of the things I have been impressed with has been his nastiness and his toughness." Escobar has been invisible during camp and two preseason games. He's caught just one pass for three yards, and Pro Football Focus has Escobar graded out as the worst run-blocking tight end so far this preseason.
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 06:49:00 PM

Second-round TE Gavin Escobar reportedly hasn't made any standout plays in training camp and is struggling with his blocking.

ESPN Dallas lists him in the "stock down" category after two weeks of camp. Escobar couldn't block a lick at San Diego State, so reading that he's struggling there comes as no surprise. But he has strong hands and was a dynamic slot receiver in college. With James Hanna nursing a hamstring injury for the past week, Escobar had a chance to emerge as the No. 2 tight end. He's done nothing to help his stock. Escobar may turn out to be this year's Michael Egnew.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 01:06:00 PM

Cowboys signed second-round TE Gavin Escobar to a four-year contract.

A long, deliberate-moving, upright tight end prospect out of San Diego State, No. 47 overall pick Escobar will compete with James Hanna in training camp to be Jason Witten's top backup. Hanna has the early edge because he's a more quick-twitch athlete and better blocker. Escobar won't have 2013 fantasy value, and we're not especially enamored by his long-term outlook, either.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 04:40:00 PM

Jason Witten expects the Cowboys to use more two-tight end sets this season.

Obviously, Gavin Escobar wasn't selected 47th overall to immediately replace the 31-year-old Witten. The San Diego State product is expected to help the Cowboys follow the league-wide trend of creating mismatches in the passing game through their tight ends. "I think that's a big part of where we're seeing our football team go," Witten said. "I think, more than anything else, I looked at it and said it's showing there's a commitment to this package and growing that."
Tue, May 7, 2013 08:15:00 AM

Jerry Jones said he is "particularly excited" about the Cowboys’ ability to use multiple tight end sets following the second-round selection of Gavin Escobar.

Jones said the Cowboys tried multiple tight end sets with Martellus Bennett, but they "just couldn’t get it done" with him. "We had packages we worked on for weeks out here just to get packages in, and he didn’t show. That sounds negative toward him, but he didn’t show," said Jones.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 11:21:00 AM

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