After being drafted 47th overall back in 2013, Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar hasn’t exactly set the league on fire with his production.
Going into 2015, Escobar has 18 career catches for 239 yards and six touchdowns. These relatively paltry numbers are largely the product of both Escobar’s struggle to become a better blocker, which would allow him to get on the field more often and get more chances as a result, and the presence--and continued excellence--of Jason Witten, who remains among the best tight ends in all of football at 33.
Perhaps because of the extenuating effect of having Witten around, the Cowboys remain fairly high on Escobar, who put together a nice day of practice (particularly in the red zone, where he dominated) on Sunday.
“We feel good about what Escobar has done since he’s been here,” head coach Jason Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “You know, a lot of people say when you drafted a guy that high, they want him to come in and be an immediate starter. What he needs to focus on is taking full advantage of his opportunities and trying to get better each and every day, and he’s certainly done that.
“He’s the right kind of guy, he works really hard at getting better every day and we’ve seen that progress. When he gets an opportunity, he’ll be ready for it. Again, I certainly have no regrets about us drafting him. We like what he’s done and he’s going to be better and better each and every day he’s out there.”