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Garrett: Escobar Growing as a Blocker

Second round pick Gavin Escobar left Jason Garrett pleased with his Dallas debut

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Cowboys second round draft pick, tight end Gavin Escobar, is a natural pass catcher. There’s not really any argument there. Where the San Diego State product has the most work to do is in his blocking, but head coach Jason Garrett likes what he saw out of Escobar in the team’s preseason debut on Sunday.

Escobar was featured as the Y tight end, which puts him in tight next to the tackle and requires solid blocking technique.

"He's capable of doing it," Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. "He blocked OK. He needs to be able to take the technique work that he's using in practice into the game."

To be sure, Escobar struggled at points, but Garrett is confident he’s moving in the right direction.

"I thought at times he reverted back (with) his hand placement, footwork," Garrett said. "He's a tough kid. He wants to be a good player. He's a very natural receiver. We saw that he had a couple of completions in the game--one was called back--but you could see he could run out of things (and) catch the ball. ... It was a good game for him because he had to stick his nose in there and block a little bit and play that spot. We did that on purpose and he responded well to it."

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