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Kansas City Chiefs Sign TE Gavin Escobar for 2017

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The Dallas Cowboys aren't expected to make any more moves in free agency before the 2017 NFL Draft, meaning that their remaining free agents from the start of the new league year were low-priority players to Dallas. This was certainly the case for Gavin Escobar, as the nearly forgotten TE has inked a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kansas City Chiefs on Twitter

Roster Move: We have signed free agent tight end Gavin Escobar.

Escobar was a second round pick of the Cowboys in 2013 (sad face), failing to ever make a real impact behind Jason Witten on the depth chart for a team that shifted to dominantly using just one tight end under Scott Linehan.

A career high four touchdowns on just nine receptions in 2014 proved that Escobar has the traits to be the red zone target he was in college at San Diego State, and those traits will now be utilized by Andy Reid and the Chiefs.

Escobar's departure leaves the same amount of uncertainty behind the recently extended Jason Witten at TE for the Cowboys, with Geoff Swaim and James Hanna dealing with their own injuries.

Perhaps Dallas will look to draft another tight end out of the deep class this draft presents, potentially as high as the 60th overall pick in the second round - 13 picks back from where they selected Gavin Escobar.

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11 Comments
  • Travis Diggs

    Hey cowboys fans,Do we actually care ???What has he done here?? Good luck behind Travis Kelce lol

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      Hasn’t done much of anything here, you’re right, but I do wish him all the best in KC. Better fit there to play even with Kelce and not have what happened with him and Witten again

      • John Williams

        He got much better in 2017 with his blocking. Wasn’t a bad player.

  • Russ_Te

    Now it’s official: Hang on at the Cowboys any way possible, then somebody pays you to leave… ;^)

    We’ll see what the draft brings. Each of the other TE’s on the roster has to be pleased. As it stands, we’ll need another good year out of Witten. But a lot can change depending on who comes up big at camp.

    This has turned into a project-player year on the Cowboys, with numerous jobs open for who can step up and take them. We’ll need a couple to hit at least, and be right on who we take in the first few rounds. Interesting camp coming up.

  • Russ_Te

    On Landry’s 1975 Cowboys, 12 rookies made the team. It won the conference and went to Super Bowl X.

    In 1981 he went young in the secondary with rookies Everson Walls, Ron Fellows and Michael Downs. That unit became a strength of the team, with veteran Charlie Waters at SS.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      This is going in the right direction haha

  • deal with it

    maybe Linehan will actually start USING 2 TE’s on occassion the way the Patriots do.
    I’d like to see Rico Gathers have a good camp & maybe even see the field in the regular season.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      The way this team moves the ball in 11 personnel with one TE, I wouldn’t mess too much with a good thing. I am right there with you in hoping that Gathers turns into something, which would be incredible in terms of the 2016 draft class and their impact. Thanks for reading and commenting!

      • Russ_Te

        I also disfavor the 2 TE because I think DB’s welcome receiver alignments that are more likely to keep all action in front of them & less likely for someone to get behind them. I favor the spread sets for that reason, even on early downs.

        Gathers is 6′ 6″ / 273 lbs / 4.75 40 dash. So the project here is a big power TE with agility, not a stretch the field TE. We don’t know how he is running routes, catching different balls that come at him, or how he deals with contact. But the way to get him on the field might be to get him good on just a couple routes like that hook or sit down that Witten runs, and then give him some reps to rest Witten. I think he can master those & probably shed a tackle. That would get him some NFL sea legs. Then you have the whole aspect of whether he can block also.

        http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/profiles/rico-gathers?id=2556375

  • giorugby .

    Another wasted 2nd rounder? Or Underutilized player? Will probably thrive elsewhere other than here. Look @ all the 2nd round players in the last 10yrs. Heck, look at all 3rd rounders too. Sean Lee, with all his injuries & not playing full seasons, is the best one from all 2nd rounders. #SMH

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      You’re absolutely right, this team needs to get better at not taking as many risks and locking down on their players in the second round.

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Cowboys WR Tavon Austin Skipping Surgery, May Return in 2018

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Cowboys WR Tavon Austin Skipping Surgery, May Return in 2018

A groin injury sustained last week against Jacksonville won't send Tavon Austin to injured reserve, at least for now. The Dallas Cowboys receiver has elected to forego surgery at this time, giving him a chance to return to action in 2018.

There was concern that Austin could land on IR initially following the Jaguars game, but he sought a second opinion this week. It appears that this new information was enough for Tavon and the Cowboys to decide that surgery can wait.

Rob Phillips on Twitter

Sounds like WR Tavon Austin will not have surgery at this time after getting a second opinion on his groin injury. He could miss a few weeks, however. #cowboyswire

Austin should miss this Sunday's game with the Washington Redskins. He has been the team's punt returner this season and a useful tool on offense, playing mostly receiver but also lining up the backfield at times.

Despite his limited opportunities, Tavon is tied with Cole Beasley for the team lead with two receiving touchdowns in 2018.

How long Austin will remain out is unknown at this time. After the Washington game, Dallas will have their bye week and then host the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football.

Both of these are games that the Cowboys, feeling good after a blowout victory over Jacksonville, should be able to win without Austin. But they would certainly like him back for the Week 10 road game with the Philadelphia Eagles.

In Tavon's absence, Cole Beasley will likely field punts. We may see more of Deonte Thompson in the speed routes that Austin ran on offense, though Dallas could also finally see what recently returned Brice Butler has to offer.

With an expiring contract this year, Tavon will likely want to get back soon and trying to improve his stock for the 2019 offseason. Hopefully, he can still have a positive impact on his value and the Cowboys season in the weeks ahead.


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Terrance Williams: Details, Impact of 3-Game Suspension

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3 Current Starters Cowboys' Fans Hate, But Shouldn't 1

Terrance Williams was already missing games on injured reserve, but now the Dallas Cowboys receivers is going to lose some money as well. Williams was finally hit with a three-game suspension by the NFL, starting immediately,  for his public intoxication arrest last May.

Dallas placed Terrance on IR in Week 5 just a day before their game against the Houston Texans. Williams had been struggling with a foot issue since the offseason, which included a surgery that he hadn't fully recovered from.

Many were surprised that Williams wasn't suspended to start the season, given that his arrest occurred several months prior. But when charges were eventually dropped after Terrance took part in some required alcohol education courses, it appeared the league might be letting the issue go.

However, as Cowboys fans know all too well, Roger Goodell's NFL operates its own judicial system.

In Williams' case, the suspension will only result in lost game checks. Players still get paid when on IR, but Terrance will lose that amount of his $3.5 million base salary.

Because he can serve the suspension while injured, Terrance will still be eligible to be recalled from injured reserve in December after sitting the mandatory weeks.

The real issue for Williams now is how this event, and his general fall from grace in the Cowboys offense, will affect him in the next offseason.

Did Terrance Williams' Big Game Quiet His Doubters?

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Terrance is in just the second season of a four-year, $17 million contract he signed in 2017. If he's released after this year, Dallas would save $2.25 million of his scheduled $4.75 million cap hit in 2019.

Williams' cap hit isn't the issue by itself. That would be a bargain for a significant contributor in your offense, even if he was just the third receiver.

But Terrance appears to have fallen well below that spot on the depth chart. Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, and Michael Gallup are the top three receivers these days, and veteran Deonte Thompson has also been getting looks. Dallas also brought back Brice Butler a few weeks ago, though he hasn't really been worked in yet.

Not only that, but the Cowboys will have the option to recall Noah Brown from IR in just a few more weeks. He was one of their more intriguing young prospects prior to getting hurt.

Dallas could let Terrance come back next year to compete, hopefully with full health and less personal baggage. But after six seasons, they may be ready to move on to players with more room to grow.

For now, though, Terrance Williams is out of action and out some money. We'll see what the future holds.


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Report: Austin Heading to IR: Deonte Thompson is the Next Man Up

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Wide Receiver Deonte Thompson Making Preseason Debut Vs. Cardinals

Tavon Austin's stint with the Dallas Cowboys has been up and down through six games. He's provided some big play ability on the outside, but hasn't really had the running room on jet sweeps that the Dallas Cowboys would have hoped for when they acquired Austin from the Los Angeles Rams during the 2018 NFL Draft.

Now it's being reported by Brandon George from the Dallas Morning News that Austin may be headed to injured reserve for a groin tear suffered in the Dallas Cowboys week six win over the Jaguars.

Brandon George on Twitter

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said WR Tavon Austin will be getting a second opinion on his injured right groin in the next day or so. He didn't discount possibility of him being placed on injured reserve.

 

Whether Austin goes to injured reserve or not remains to be seen, but we do know that he'll miss week seven and likely won't be able to suit up for a while. Though Austin hasn't been relied upon much, he has been a threat that opposing defenses have had to account for in both the passing and running game. Tavon Austin leaves a bit of a hole.

Enter Deonte Thompson.

Deonte Thompson, who was signed by the Dallas Cowboys this past offseason, hasn't been the same type of rushing threat that Austin has been in his NFL career. Thompson's only carried the ball two times in his career for -5 yards. However, Thompson has some skills that could bode well should the Dallas Cowboys decide to use him in the jet sweep role that Austin is vacating.

He's been a return threat in his NFL career, averaging 24.8 yards per return. He's had returns of 47, 64, and 74 yards. He's also had some good moments running after the catch in his career, though he hasn't gotten many opportunities.

Thompson's a former track athlete and before the 2012 NFL Draft ran a 4.30 40 yard dash. He has the speed and a bit more size than Austin to make some things happen if given the opportunities.

The jet sweep has become an important staple in the Dallas Cowboys offense. Even when they don't hand it off on the sweep, they use it in play action, to set up screens, and even to get the defense thinking about it on direct hand offs to Ezekiel Elliott. They aren't going to want to scrap that part of the playbook just because Austin will be sitting out. Deonte Thompson can be that guy. Much like Marquise Goodwin in San Francisco, Thompson has elite speed.

He's not just football fast. He's fast-fast.

When I was in high school, I played baseball. In the baseball program I was fast. The fastest on the team. That was my game. Infield singles. Stretching doubles to triples. Stealing bases. I was fast. I went out for track my senior season because I thought, "hey I'm fast, let's see what would happen if I ran the 100-meter-dash." I found out really quickly that there is a difference between baseball fast and track fast.

The same applies to football and track. Deonte Thompson is track fast. He's a guy that the Dallas Cowboys need to get the ball to on those jet sweeps to continue to threaten defenses sideline to sideline. When it's working, as we've seen with Lucky Whitehead in the past and Tavon Austin this year, it opens up a lot for the Dallas Cowboys offense.

It's likely that Cole Beasley gets those first jet sweep attempts, and as a trusted veteran for the Dallas Cowboys, he probably should. But, if Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan want to continue to use the jet sweep to the offense's maximum benefit, they need to start showing it with Deonte Thompson. He has the speed to get to the corner and take it to the end zone from any where on the field.

Here's an example of what Thompson can do with the ball in his hands.

NFL on Twitter

109 YARDS TO THE HOUSE!!! Deonte Thompson returns the missed field goal and runs it all the way back for a @ChicagoBears TD! #CHIvsAZ https://t.co/k9IfkZMoIY

 

With Tavon Austin set to be out -- possibly for the season -- it's time to see what Deonte Thompson can do. The Dallas Cowboys need to get a win here to get above .500 for the first time this season and set themselves up to make a run at the divisional crown. Deonte Thompson's ability with the ball in his hands will give them a good opportunity to do just that.


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