Thursday, November 14, 2013
Rookie report: Gavin Escobar
By Todd Archer
With the Cowboys off this week, we take a look at how their draft picks have fared.
Gavin Escobar, tight end
Pick: Second round (No. 47 overall)
What he's done: Escobar has been active for every game but he has yet to play more than 22 offensive snaps in any of them. He has played double-digit snaps just twice in the last eight games. He has four catches for 65 yards and a touchdown, but he has gone five games without a catch.
Season outlook: When he was picked in the second round, the Cowboys touted their move to a two-tight end offense that would be different than the experiments of years past with Anthony Fasano and Martellus Bennett. While "12 personnel," is the staple grouping, James Hanna has taken the bulk of the snaps behind Jason Witten.
The Cowboys knew Escobar would struggle as a blocker as a rookie, but they have not done enough to use his best traits. He can go after the ball. He moves well down the seam. He can be a mismatch for corners, safeties or linebackers. Getting him the ball on an offense with Dez Bryant, Witten and other players in larger roles is a challenge. So far this does not look like the wisest choice of a second-round pick, but Jason Garrett is preaching patience.