Jason Witten had only two catches for 27 yards Sunday against the Giants.
Yet the Cowboys won. And, even more surprising, their tight ends had a huge, positive impact on the game.
It’s not some dramatic changing of the guard or a chink in the future Hall of Famer’s skills, but Gavin Escobar is suddenly blossoming into the player the Cowboys predicted when they drafted him with the 47th pick in 2013.
Make that suddenly, and finally.
Through the first six games Escobar had only six passes thrown his way. But against New York he was a legit weapon, catching two touchdowns – including the 26-yarder that put Dallas ahead for good in the third quarter. At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, he should be too big for cornerbacks and too agile for linebackers. It’s taken a while, but Sunday was a glimpse of his potential.
The Cowboys have long envisioned Escobar as the Aaron Hernandez to Witten’s Rob Gronkowski. A two tight-end monster that gives secondaries nightmares.
It was also Escobar, by the way, who had the key seal block on the right end that allowed DeMarco Murray to convert the key 3rd-and-1 as the Cowboys drove for the game-clinching field goal late in the fourth quarter.
On Sunday the Cowboys put up 423 yards of offense and 31 points with only two catches from Witten, one from Terrance Williams and none from Cole Beasley.
Better late than never, Escobar seems to have finally arrived.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.