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May 03, 2013

Witten says Cowboys aren't asking too much of Escobar to expect him to contribute right away

Jason Witten says it is not asking too much to expect new tight end Gavin Escobar, drafted last week in the second round by the Cowboys, to contribute right away.

“I don’t think it’s putting too much on his plate at all,” Witten said Friday, speaking to reporters at the Boys & Girls Club in Mesquite, where his SCORE Foundation and Albertsons helped renovate a learning center. “It’s a process when you draft a guy and have high expectations for him. It sounds like they’re really high on him and think he can be a good player.”

Escobar comes to the Cowboys with pass-catching credentials, which is what they were looking for as they try to stock their personnel for a two-tight end passing attack, or “12 personnel.”

Witten said the Cowboys will put Escobar to work early, as they have with other young tight ends.

“This really isn’t new territory for us,” he said. “We’ve drafted tight ends high throughout, even since I’ve been here, with Anthony and Martellus. I think this is a package that we’ve always really used and will continue to see that grow.”

Witten joked that he welcomed the help.

“I’m going into my 11th year,” he said. “I’m not getting any younger.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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