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Gavin Escobar | Tight End

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 249
College: San Diego State
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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

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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

Cowboys selected San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar with the No. 47 overall pick.

Escobar (6-foot-5 7/8, 254) was a highly productive receiver in SDSU's pro-style attack, catching 93 balls for 1,323 yards (14.2 YPR) and 13 TDs over his final two seasons. He checked in with 33 5/8-inch arms at the Combine and ran 4.84 with a 32-inch vertical. Escobar can't block a lick and is strength-deficient (12 reps of 225), but consistently secures passes with soft hands away from his body and projects a catch-first NFL tight end with fluid movement skills. He's going to create mismatches.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 07:37:00 PM

Two sources tell Yahoo San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar is a "top draft target" of the Dolphins.

A towering 6-foot-6, 254 pounds, Escobar has drawn loose comparisons to Rob Gronkowski and Tony Gonzalez, but ran an underwhelming 4.84 40-yard dash at the Combine. He caught 122 passes in three years in the Mountain West. Whether it's Escobar or someone else, the Dolphins figure to draft another tight end after whiffing badly on Michael Egnew last year.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 02:07:00 PM

San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar ran forty times of 4.82 and 4.88 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

His "official" forty was later revealed at 4.84. The times are disappointing, but NFL Network's Mike Mayock noted that Escobar plays faster on tape. Mayock alluded to a catch Escobar made down the seam versus TCU that looked "like Gronkowski." Along with Rice's Vance McDonald, Escobar is in the mix as the No. 3 tight end prospect behind Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz.
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 01:53:00 PM

According to NFL Network's Mike Mayock, San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar has drawn some comparisons to Tony Gonzalez from league evaluators.

"He's a guy that some coaches and scouts are comparing to a Tony Gonzalez type," said Mayock. "That kind of skill set." Escobar weighed in at 6-foot-6, 254 pounds at the Combine, and has lengthy, 33 5/8-inch arms. He played a ton of slot and wide receiver at SDSU and is a sleeper to be a top-40 draft selection.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 07:10:00 PM

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