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Friday, April 26, 2013
New tight end wants to follow Jason Witten

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys' newly drafted second-round tight end, Gavin Escobar from San Diego State, said he hopes to one day replace the team's Jason Witten.

"I'm always striving to be a complete tight end like Jason Witten," Escobar said Friday night in a conference call with reporters. "If I'm able to take over his role once he's gone, that would be amazing."

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In three seasons at San Diego State, Escobar caught 122 passes for 1,646 yards with 17 touchdowns. He had just 11 starts the past two seasons but picked up 13 touchdowns.

Escobar is considered a pass-catching tight end, which matches up with the current roster of James Hanna and Witten. There was a thought the Cowboys would get a blocking tight end, something they haven't had since Martellus Bennett was on the roster.

"Right now, I just need to get bigger and work on the run game more," Escobar said. "That's one main thing I need to excel on to be a complete tight end, a three-down tight end."