The Dallas Cowboys have several players entering their contract year with the organization and the 2016 season will go a long way in determining their future with America's Team.
Gavin Escobar in particular is an intriguing player entering last year of his rookie deal, but for some reason the Cowboys have failed to find a way to utilize his skill set. Something that I find really strange considering the popularity of the receiver type tight end that is being utilized around the NFL.
We may end up seeing another tight end that was drafted in the second round move on and find success with another team in the NFL. It's a little sad when you think about it.
In fact, over the past decade the Dallas Cowboys have been terrible at drafting players in the second round. I've written about their 2nd round struggles and setbacks before, and my fellow Staff Writer here at Inside The Star, RJ Ochoa, took it a step further with his article last week discussing the Cowboys utter failure in the 2nd round.
Unfortunately, Gavin Escobar falls into the failure of finding players in the second round for the Cowboys, but I don't think it's entirely his fault.
You see, he was drafted with the mind that the Cowboys offense would utilize the two tight end set or 12 personnel more. That never really happened and has impacted the role that Escobar has had because he's going to have a hard time finding playing time behind Jason Witten.
Escobar's best traits are his size and receiving ability, but the Cowboys tried to turn him into an in-line blocker and unfortunately because of his size he has struggled in this area.
The Cowboys failure to incorporate Escobar into the offense is somewhat mind-boggling to me and I don't know if things will change too much in 2016. He is a mismatch waiting to happen and I personally think he would make the passing game for the Cowboys just a little bit more potent.
I was a little surprised however to see that he wasn't one of the players to start the season on the PUP list to start training camp. I for one wasn't even sure he would be able to return from his Achilles injury he suffered in week 15 last year in December and be ready for the week 1 season opener against the New York Giants.
Well, not only is he ready, he's out there practicing with everyone else in training camp. The Cowboys are however making sure that they take it slow with him and the other players on the roster that are returning from injuries.
No matter how you feel about Gavin Escobar, I think there is one thing we can agree upon. He had to put in a tremendous amount of work in rehab to be ready to participate in training camp.
I wasn't the only one surprised Escobar was on the field to kickoff training camp practices and how speedily he recovered from his Achilles injury.
A tribute to modern medicine that Gavin Escobar is practicing after tearing Achilles last year. https://t.co/dLPDRhJ8AA
It's true that the advancements in modern medicine have made these injuries less of a concern and allow players to continue their career in the NFL, but I don't want to take away from all the work Escobar had to do in rehab to be able to get back on the field as soon as possible.
In fact, it hasn't gone unnoticed. Former NFL scout and current Staff Writer for the Dallas Cowboys, Bryan Broaddus, was rather complementary after watching Escobar so far in practice.
"Escobar is moving better than he was pre-injury. There is some flow to his game without the stiffness or tightness we've seen in the past."
The fact that Escobar is doing everything that he can possibly do as a person makes you want to believe that he can become a contributor on offense. Hopefully, he can only get a chance to prove why he was drafted so highly in the first place.
So, is Gavin Escobar ready for his last opportunity?
I would have to say absolutely!
Please feel free to use the comment section below to share with everyone your thoughts and opinions about Gavin Escobar's last chance opportunity with the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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