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Escobar ready to make impact

9/4/2014

Tight end Gavin Escobar said a phone call this offseason with Detroit tight end Joseph Fauria let him know he’d love play-caller Scott Linehan.

 Fauria, who’s 6-foot-7 and 225 pounds, is built similarly to the 6-6, 251-poound Escobar, and he caught 18 passes for 207 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Fauria, an undrafted free agent, finished with a higher average per catch (11.5) and more touchdowns than Detroit starter Brandon Pettigrew.

Escobar, a second-round pick last season, caught only nine passes but three gained more than 20 yards. He also scored two touchdowns.

“Fauria said I’m going to love Linehan because he’s going to give me a chance to make plays,” Escobar said. “He told me he does a good job of creating mismatches.”

Look for the Cowboys to use formations that get Escobar, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant on the field together. Most teams will give Escobar single coverage in those situation.

“That would make sense to me,” Escobar said with a smile. “When I get opportunities, I have to take advantage of them. Then I might get some more.”