There’s a good chance that if you aren’t a pretty big Dallas Cowboys fan, you didn’t hear or know the name Gavin Escobar until Week 17 of the 2014 NFL season. Why, you ask? Well, he did virtually nothing until having a spectacular touchdown catch in Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles that left many of us in awe.
It was quite the play from a player who hadn’t really jumped off the page in his rookie season. After all, when you use a second-round pick on a player, you expect him to have some type of an impact, but this was simply a different situation. The Cowboys know who their No. 1 tight end is, and he goes by the name of Jason Witten. Witten is a Pro-Bowl talent, and he’ll remain as the Cowboys’ go-to tight end until he shows some type of a decline in actual skill.
When that time does come, though, the Cowboys and their fans are hoping that Escobar may be the answer at the tight end position. The big man from San Diego State has a ton of upside, but he didn’t get much playing time last season. He ended the year with nine catches for 134 yards, but this may be the year that he takes the next step.
We all know that Scott Linehan loves to air it out, and giving Tony Romo a year to work with Escobar will come in handy this season. After all, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end is something to be excited about, especially when he has hands like we saw from his time in college.
While it’s obvious that we should expect more than nine catches from Escobar in 2014, I think we may see him step up as the guy next to Witten and also as a reliable target for Romo. His job is going to be a whole lot easier, and he’ll be much more adjusted to the speed of the NFL this season. I think we’re looking at a player who could be poised for a big and very surprising year in 2014.