Escobar collected two catches off of three targets for 20 yards in Sunday's win over Miami. With Tony Romo back under center Escobar enjoyed his first multi-catch game since, you guessed it, Romo was last under center. Jason Witten continues to be Romo's security blanket at tight end, but Escobar managed to collect four touchdowns on just nine catches in 2014. He may have a similar end-zone focused role in Dallas now with Romo back.
Cowboys tightend Gavin Escobar came up huge in his team's win over the Giants on Sunday. Escobar caught both passes thrown his way for a total of eight yards and a touchdown. He scored on a 2-yard pass from Tony Romo late in the third quarter. The Cowboys face the Eagles in Week 2.
Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar has at least been consistent with his pass-catching production in his first two NFL seasons. He totaled nine receptions in both of them. Considering his limited opportunities, backup status to still-effective Jason Witten and battle to be offensively relevant among many weapons, he couldn't have expected much more. So he is hoping to become a better blocker, a skill the Cowboys feel he needs to improve. Escobar did see more action in 2014 with 263 snaps, compared to 207 the previous year. He began his NFL career at 245 pounds, but is now up to 255 and hopes to land at 260 before the regular season begins. "Every year I feel like I make strides, just understanding the game, being more comfortable playing in the NFL," he told the Dallas Morning News. "Every year I feel like I've been taking steps in the right direction."
A trio of Cowboys receivers pitched in with minor contributions in a Week 10 victory over Jacksonville. Tight end Gavin Escobar caught one pass for 14 yards, wideout Cole Beasley snagged another for 11 yards and running back Lance Dunbar caught two for seven yards. Also working his way into the score sheet was backup quarterback Brandon Weeden, who completed his only pass for eight yards. Dallas is now on its bye week.
A mostly disappointing season for Cowboys tight end Jason Witten become all the more worrisome for Fantasy owners when backup tight end Gavin Escobar caught two touchdown passes against the Giants in Week 7. But against the Redskins in Week 8, Witten was back in quarterback Tony Romo's sights, and Escobar was nowhere to be found. The second-year player didn't get a single target, playing only six snaps, while Witten got a season-high eight, playing all 65. Witten also had a season-high 70 yards and scored his second touchdown this season. Granted, the touchdown came from backup quarterback Brandon Weeden, but Witten's other seven targets all came from Romo. So were reports of Witten's demise greatly exaggerated? Well, 70 yards is still low for a season high, and the Cowboys are clearly looking to emphasize the running game this year. But if nothing else, you can trust Witten is still the tight end to own in Dallas, making him worth rostering in basically all Fantasy leagues.
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