Dallas Cowboys: Lanear Sampson

Could Gavin Escobar's time be coming?

December, 19, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys might be forced to become the two-tight end offensive team they thought they were going to be at the beginning of the season when they play the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Hamstring injuries could keep Dwayne Harris and Terrance Williams from the field. Neither practiced on Wednesday but Williams is the more likely of the two to play.

The Cowboys signed Michael Spurlock, but he is more of a return specialist than receiver. The Cowboys have three receivers on the practice squad -- Tim Benford, Jamar Newsome, Lanear Sampson -- but it does not sound as if one could be called up for Sunday's game.

"We have [Gavin] Escobar and we have the tight ends that allow us to absorb some of that," coach Jason Garrett said.

If Harris and Williams can't play, then the Cowboys have only three healthy receivers in Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Cole Beasley.

"Obviously that puts me in the game plan a little bit more, which is exciting for me," Escobar said. "I'm just ready to jump in there whatever the team asks for."

Escobar has only eight catches for 117 yards and a touchdown on the season. After having only one catch in seven weeks, Escobar has three catches for 47 yards in the last two games. He started against the Green Bay Packers.

"Every week I'm just trying to show the coaches I can make plays whether that's the scout team or on offense and I think the past few weeks I've been doing that," Escobar said. "I think their confidence is growing in me, so I'm just trying to translate that to game time."

Cowboys add WR to practice squad

October, 22, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- Having hit on one Baylor receiver in Terrance Williams, the Dallas Cowboys are seeing if they can make it two in Lanear Sampson, who was signed to the practice squad on Tuesday.

Sampson, a Mesquite, Texas, native, was among the Indianapolis Colts’ final cuts after signing as an undrafted free agent. He caught 165 passes for 1,905 yards and 11 touchdowns at Baylor and saw his yardage total increase every year. As a senior, he caught 52 passes for 646 yards and had six touchdowns.

He replaced defensive end Jason Vega on the practice squad after Vega was called up to the 53-man roster last week.

With Miles Austin slowed by a hamstring strain, the Cowboys want to make sure they have enough fresh legs in practice, especially for the scout team. With Sampson, the Cowboys have two receivers on the practice squad. Jamar Newsome was re-signed on Monday.