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.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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