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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.

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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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Maliek Collins Playing Excellent for Cowboys Defense

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For the Dallas Cowboys on the interior, a lot of the news consistently surround the availability of Defensive Tackle David Irving, but Maliek Collins is playing excellent right now. While I'm willing to be very patient with Irving because of the elite talent he brings, Maliek Collins should continue to start for the Dallas Cowboys at 3-technique defensive tackle.

Collins has been a player that the Cowboys have bounced between the nose tackle and the 3T position with the hopes of getting their best players on the field, and because of the lack of a consistent presence at the 1-technique or nose tackle position. Well, with Antwaun Woods taking control at the 1T, Collins has been able to play at the position where he's at his best. The 3-tech.

He hasn't put huge numbers in the sack column this season, but that doesn't mean he's been absent from being the disruptive player he's been through his first two and a half seasons.

During the Dallas Cowboys five game winning streak, Maliek Collins has led the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackles in total pressures with 13, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF combines sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries into their "pressures." Collins hasn't recorded a sack during the winning streak, but he has four quarterback hits and nine hurries. He's tied with Tyrone Crawford for third in total pressures behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory over the last five weeks.

Over the last five weeks, Collins leads the defensive tackles in solo tackles with five and is tied with Crawford and Antwaun Woods with three run stops on defense, according to Pro Football Focus. Collins has also has two tackles for loss in the last five games and recovered Tyrone Crawford's force fumble on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Collins had six sacks in his rookie season when he played primarily as the 3T, which allowed him to see more one-on-one blocks against opposing interior offensive linemen. Especially with the way the rest of the defensive line is playing.

With the Cowboys on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts this week, Collins is going to have a tough matchup with a very good Colts offensive line, in particular, rookie Quentin Nelson. Collins ability to get pressure on Andrew Luck on the interior is a huge key for the Dallas Cowboys this week. We know that Gregory and Lawrence will get their pressures, but if Andrew Luck is able to step up into a clean pocket, it will make for a much more challenging game for the Cowboys secondary.

Collins has proved to be up to any task over the last five weeks and if he's able to keep playing at such a high level, he'll make the Cowboys coaching staff, and the rest of Cowboys Nation forget about using other defensive tackles. For the Cowboys to make a deep push in the playoffs, they'll need Collins to be a big time player for them moving forward.


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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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After his record-setting performance during week 14, @AmariCooper9 is the FIRST #DallasCowboys to win NFC Player of the Week twice in a season! → https://t.co/kvBDIeOgBd #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote

As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!


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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle David Irving, once a key member of the team's defense, will not make his return after all against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. For the second straight week, Irving was reportedly trending towards suiting up before being ruled out. The Cowboys haven't missed his unique presence for 13 weeks (playing against the Jaguars and Redskins), including through an ongoing four game win streak that began with a win against these Eagles on the road.

In that road win, veteran Tyrone Crawford recorded a sack and three tackles, while Antwaun Woods added two for a Dallas defense that held Philadelphia to 23 first downs and 71 rushing yards. The Eagles managed to cross the Cowboys' 30-yard line just four times.

There are many scenarios in which the Cowboys could have cut ties with Irving for not being worth the off-field trouble he's caused - beginning the season with a four game suspension. The absolute best case scenario is what they've realized amidst this turnaround, with other defensive linemen taking advantage of the opportunity left behind by Irving.

While it can still be true that Irving would make more splash plays than the likes of Crawford, Woods, Maliek Collins, and Caraun Reid, this defensive tackle group deserves praise for their ability to step in. Pass rush ability is one thing teams can't have enough of, and the Cowboys are missing some with Irving, finding ways to win thanks to the other traits these defenders bring to the table.

Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard may effectively be the team's defensive coordinator with an emphasis on the back seven, but DC Rod Marinelli's impact is still felt - particularly up front. Regardless of where they're lined up and deployed, the Cowboys front four is expected to be disruptive on every snap, something this scrappy unit excels at.

Prepared once again to play on the edge this season, Crawford is thriving at his original position of 3T-DT. Crawford has two sacks, nine total tackles, and three other hits on the quarterback over the past four weeks. Leading by example with a relentless spirit on every play, Crawford has meant just as much to the Cowboys defensive ends as Irving could.

In a short period of time, the Cowboys have gone from building up Irving thanks to his transcendent ability to make those around him better to simply -- and importantly -- being better across the defense.

Led by DeMarcus Lawrence as their premier rusher, the Cowboys defensive line is a lot for opposing offenses to contain. The "Hot Boyz" work up front has allowed Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch to play fast and make plays all over the field.

Maliek Collins, battling back from his second broken foot in three years, is proving again he's a patented Marinelli guy. Collins' play speaks for itself when considering if the Nebraska product is best as a 3T or 1T tackle. Wherever he's asked to play, Collins creates penetration with an explosive first step and can finish at the quarterback with an array of power rush moves.

At 7-5 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Cowboys are done making excuses on the 2018 season. Their strides on defense speak for themselves, and with a group that keeps Dallas in every game they'll play, the door remains open for David Irving to earn snaps again when ready.

The Cowboys don't know any better than their play without Irving right now, and as winners of four straight, it's worth questioning if we'll see Irving over the last three weeks of the regular season.

Tell us what you think about "David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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