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April 26, 2013

Cowboys' newest tight end says it would be 'amazing' to take over for Witten one day

The Cowboys’ newest tight end will be glad to take over for their most veteran tight end one day, if necessary.

Gavin Escobar, taken by the Cowboys in the second round on Friday night, said he will strive to be a complete tight end like 11-year veteran Jason Witten.

“If I can take over once he is gone, that would be amazing,” Escobar said in a conference call with reporters.

Escobar said the Cowboys told him they plan to use him in different ways and change the way they use their tight ends. Escobar is another pass-catching tight end on a roster that already has Witten, who last year set an NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end, and second-year James Hanna, who came on at the end of last year.

Escobar, at 6-6 and 254, said he wants to get bigger and improve his role in the running game.

“That’s what I need to excel and be a three-down tight end,” he said.

Escobar was born in New York City and moved to California as a child. He said he grew up a Giants fan.

“It might be tough for my brother to change,” he said. “But I’m sure he will be rooting for the Cowboys.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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