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    2016 Contract-Year Cowboys: TE Gavin Escobar

    Continuing my look at Cowboys players who will be playing in their contract year this upcoming , and sticking with the , it's time to take a look at .

    Escobar was the Cowboys pick in 2013, although many may not remember. The three-year player has just 26 career catches, with just 7 career touchdowns.

    As we all already know, is the man you think of when the words “Cowboys” and “tight end” are used in a sentence. However, with Witten slowly approaching the end of his run in Dallas, the Cowboys need to look to the future of the tight end position.

    They did so in the most recent draft as well, selecting in the seventh round. This leaves Witten, Escobar, Swaim and on the roster at the tight end position.

    Hanna's contract expired at the end of this season, and the future of the team's blocking tight end is up in the air. The thought has been that Swaim can potentially fill in this role, but he is unproven starting just one game this season and recording one reception for no yardage.

    Either way, Escobar's role on this team is vastly different from that of Swaim or Hanna. While he can block when asked to, the 6′ 6″ target serves as a large target to throw to. Escobar is severely underused in 's offense, which struggled mightily in the this season.

    Should Escobar be given more of a chance in 2016, here is what he will need to do to earn an extension:

    Cowboys Blog - 2016 Contract-Year Cowboys: TE Gavin Escobar

    Gavin Escobar

    Let's say, much to the demise of fellow Staff Writer RJ Ochoa, that the Cowboys do not draft with the fourth overall pick in this draft. This mean's that the league's 30th ranked offense in terms of red zone TD percentage would enter the season with as their only true top-end red zone threat.

    That is, unless Gavin Escobar steps up. If Escobar can show the awareness to develop chemistry with and beat defenders into the end zone, he could quickly become a fan favorite player while scoring touchdowns for the 2016 Cowboys.

    Escobar did record four touchdowns in 2014, before disappearing once again without Tony Romo this season. The return of Romo will help a lot of players next season, including Brice Butler and Terrance Williams – who will both also be playing in contract years. Click their names to read their breakdowns.

    We can go ahead and add Gavin Escobar to that list, as he hopes to have a breakout contract year in 2016 for the .

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    Sean Martin
    Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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    Jess Haynie

    It would be a shame to see Dallas let another talented TE go become a stud elsewhere (see "Bennett, Martellus"). Escobar has clear talent, evidenced by what he's done in preseason games and the rare opportunities he gets when it counts. He'll have just turned 26 when his contract expires in 2017. Hopefully we're not spending another 2nd/3rd rounder on a TE in that draft.

    RJ Ochoa

    You could also throw John Phillips and Anthony Fasano in that mix. So… Yay for not utilizing backup Tight Ends!

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    Keith Denney

    Tight End is the very least of our problems!! I am sick of hearing HOW TALENTED the Cowboys ARE with only 2 decent season's during Tony's era!!!