When asked who will breakout in 2014 for the Dallas Cowboys, the first person I thought of was Gavin Escobar.
I went through some other names but eventually found myself coming back to the second year tight end from San Diego State. Many people thought it was a stretch to take him in the second round of the 2013 draft. His pedestrian numbers in 2013; 9 catches for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns seemed to support that theory.
Going into his second year what can be expected and why on earth would I think he'll have a breakout year?
I looked at who I thought was a breakout player last year, Terrance Williams, and what I found was interesting. Terrance had 44 catches for 736 yards with 5 TD’s. Not to mention, he averaged 16.7 yards per catch. Are those numbers breakout worthy? Terrance was a rookie, nothing was expected from the projected third receiver so it was deemed breakout. As we see with most offenses, when you take away some of the weapons there will always be someone who can contribute unexpectedly.
For this reason, I think Gavin Escobar is a solid candidate for a breakout.
[su_lightbox src="http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4729836/best-caseworst-case-gavin-escobar"]Todd Archer recently looked at the best case/worst case scenario as it relates to Escobar.[/su_lightbox] Todd believes the best case scenario is 30-35 catches. If this holds true, is that a bad year? That would be 9-14 catches short of what Terrance Williams did last season when people thought he had a great year.
I believe with the addition of Zack Martin the line will be much approved. A lot to ask of a rookie, I know, but remember what Travis Frederick did as a rookie? Gavin hasn't been a good blocker, but with the upgraded line, does he need to be?
With the line improved, the two tight end sets that are frequently used may limit the use of an extra blocker which could mean more opportunities for Gavin. If Jason Witten were to go for a ten-and-in maybe Gavin goes for a five-and-out. Who knows how they will construct it but I think the possibilities for getting him the ball will increase because of the concern to keep one person in to block will diminish. My fellow writer at DallasCowboysNation.com, Michael Davis, predicts James Hanna to have a great year, but does James see the field as much if he doesn’t need to be in there for protection?
The helicopter touchdown Gavin had in the season finale against the Eagles makes me excited about the potential for this kid. Sure, it’s one play, relax you may say, but did you see the athleticism? That’s something we’ve never seen from Jason Witten, who is probably the best TE in Cowboys history. Gavin is fluid and has great hands similar to that of a receiver. If you don’t believe me, read what dallasnews.com writer David Moore wrote about him.
“Escobar has the size of a tight end. But he played receiver in high school and feels comfortable outside. The Cowboys are experimenting with him more and more outside this offseason to see what they can incorporate into the offense.”
[su_lightbox src="http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-cowboys/headlines/20140618-gavin-escobar-s-high-wire-td-vs.-eagles-was-a-glimpse-it-s-time-for-cowboys-to-see-more-of-picture.ece"]- Gavin Escobar's high-wire TD vs. Eagles was a glimpse; it's time for Cowboys to see more of picture[/su_lightbox]
I truly believe that Scott Linehan will get creative and use Gavin in spots that will make the defense have to think.
Jason Witten is still the best TE on the team and will continue to be a target but he's not a deep threat, nor is he someone who will scamper for 30 yards. Gavin has a chance to improve greatly and if he does this, by catching more than 35 balls and 5 TD’s, I think you’d have to say that the second year tight end nicknamed “Pablo” would be a lock for breakout player of the year.
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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