NFL Draft Analysis: “As a receiving target, Escobar is exactly what NFL teams are looking for. His fluidity and downfield comfort are effortless, as is Escobar’s near refusal to body catch. However, the same issue that kept Escobar out of a full-time role in 2011 could limit his snaps in the NFL: inconsistent blocking. Still, Escobar is a talented receiving option that teams will use around the offensive formation.”
The Dallas Cowboys selected Gavin Escobar in the second round, 47th overall, of the 2013 NFL draft. The San Diego State product was supposed to help usher the Cowboys offense in the new age of the athletic Tight End.
Instead, he found himself cemented behind Jason Witten, who rarely allowed himself to come off the field.
Escobar never toppled more than 10 catches in a season while the team, but did produce a four-touchdown season in 2014.
For his career, he totaled 30 receptions, 333 yards and eight touchdowns as a member of the Cowboys from 2013-2016.
He suffered a season-ending injury when he tore his right Achilles tendon in the last drive of the fourteenth game of the 2015 season against the New York Jets. On December 25, he was placed on the injured reserve list, in order to promote defensive tackle Casey Walker to the 53-man roster.
Escobar made a surprisingly quick recovery from his Achilles injury, allowing him to have full participation in training camp, though he was passed on the depth chart by Geoff Swaim, who displayed better blocking ability.
After being used primarily as a core special teams player and only participating in 29 offensive plays, Escobar became the backup tight end after Swaim suffered a season-ending injury in the Week 10 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Because he struggled with his blocking, the Cowboys were forced to use offensive lineman Joe Looney as the blocking tight end in short-yardage situations.
He finished with four receptions and one touchdown.
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