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Sunday, August 18, 2013
Cowboys pleased with Gavin Escobar

By Todd Archer

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In the first two preseason games the Dallas Cowboys mostly used Gavin Escobar as an on-the-line tight end to test his blocking ability.

Escobar had some rocky moments, but in Saturday’s 12-7 loss at Arizona, the Cowboys’ second-round pick, lined up on the line, as the H-back, in the backfield and split out wide. He caught all five passes thrown his way for 32 yards and the Cowboys’ only touchdown.

“I thought Bill [Callahan] did a really good job of getting him the ball in the second half of the game, just giving him some opportunities,” coach Jason Garrett said.

Three of Escobar’s catches from Alex Tanney came on the touchdown drive. He carried a defender on a 10-yard gain, slipped through another for a 4-yard pick up on a third down and then squeezed over the goal line with defenders closing.

“It’s good to see Escobar step in here and have a good night,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said.