Cowboys coach Jason Garrett agrees tight end Gavin Escobar has not made a big impact, but promises to keep giving him chances.
“When he’s gotten chances, if you remember the catches he’s made, they’ve been really impressive catches for a young guy,” Garrett said. “Has he come in and made a huge impact on our football team to this point? No. But we feel really good about him, and hopefully he’ll continue to make progress and have an impact on our team.”
Escobar has four catches for 65 yards, a 16.3 average with a long of 25, and one touchdown. He has played in 21.5 percent of the snaps this year.
Garrett, asked to assess Escobar’s performance, talked about him more like a fifth- or sixth-round pick than a second-rounder expected to contribute in the Cowboys’ once-planned two-tight-end system.
“We felt like when we drafted Escobar that he was a receiver, a receiving tight end first, and he had to grow into being more of a traditional ‘Y’ tight end, a guy who can put his hand on the ground and block like a traditional tight end would. And he’s still going through that process,” Garrett said. “He’s been a part of some of the stuff we’ve done. Other guys have emerged as well – Dez Bryant is a marquee player, Witt’s obviously a marquee player, Cole Beasley’s done a nice job for us. So you go into ballgames, and sometimes you migrate to some of the other things that have been good to you.
“We’ll keep giving him chances. He’s growing and developing before our eyes. He’s getting better and better and better.”
-- Carlos Mendez