Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar is expected to open the season on the PUP list because of the Achilles injury he sustained in Week 15 last year. He might not make much of an impact in 2016 anyway with Jason Witten still locked in as the No. 1 tight end and James Hanna could replace Escobar as the No. 2. Before getting hurt, Escobar had eight catches for 64 yards and a touchdown in 14 games. He's been a non-factor for most of three seasons so far in his career and should not be drafted in the majority of leagues.
Cowboys executive VVP Stephen Jones said Monday that Escobar (Achilles) could be recovered in time to play Week 1 against the Giants, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports. "I think Gavin will be ready to start the season," Jones said. Escobar tore his Achilles tendon in mid-December last year, but he appears to be well ahead of schedule in his rehab. Even if he is in the lineup to begin the regular season though, he's still stuck behind Jason Witten on the depth chart and would be little more than an occasional red zone option in a stacked passing game.
Escobar (Achilles) is expected to begin this season on the Cowboy's PUP list, The Dallas Morning News reports. Escobar tore his right Achilles back in December, capping him at a career-low eight catches for 64 yards and a touchdown last season. Now entering the final year of his rookie contract, the rather underwhelming 2013 second-rounder's recent injury will probably prevent him from being available for the Cowboys' first six regular season games. Even when he returns to the fold, Escobar is unlikely to carve out a very meaningful role in Dallas' offense as long as fellow tight end Jason Witten is around.
Although he wasn't a participant during Tuesday's minincamp, Escobar (Achilles) was able to run routes on the side, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports. That's encouraging news for Escobar, but even if he is able to make a quicker than expected recovery from last season's torn Achilles tendon, he'll still be stuck behind Jason Witten on the Cowboys' depth chart.
Escobar's recovery from a torn right Achilles may extend into the upcoming season, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports. Escobar sustained the injury on Dec. 19, so it's no surprise that the lengthy rehabilitation required of such an ailment is poised to impact his offseason regimen. If training camp reps are few and far to come by, a stay on the PUP list could be in the cards. Among those set to pick up the slack behind Jason Witten are James Hanna and Geoff Swaim.
Escobar (torn Achilles) finished the season with just eight catches on 13 targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in 14 games. The former second round pick is increasingly looking like a bust, as despite Escobar's size and value as a red-zone target he has yet to establish himself as a reliable pass-catching threat in three seasons. Assuming he returns from his torn Achilles tendon at 100 percent, expect him to back up Cowboys institution Jason Witten once again in 2016.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||New York Giants||32||11.38|
|4||10/02||@San Francisco 49ers||7||6.13|
|6||10/16||@Green Bay Packers||21||7.78|
|14||12/12||@New York Giants||32||11.38|
|15||12/18||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||6.50|
|3 Year Avg||14||9||101||2||6||11.22||22|