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Trade Talk: Would The Lions Be Interested In Gavin Escobar?

RJ Ochoa



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It’s Sunday and there is NFL football happening. Welcome to Heaven.

While you still have to wait six days to watch God’s favorite team (as Texas Stadium’s hole in the roof so proclaimed) hit the gridiron, today is a tasty treat. Football season is here, but just because the Cowboys aren’t playing doesn’t mean that they’re not on our minds.

The Cowboys have been working towards their Super Bowl LI goals out in Oxnard, and to get to that coveted game in Houston they’ll have to make it through their 2016 schedule. Near the end of it, on Monday Night Football, the Cowboys will host the Detroit Lions in their first meeting since the epic 2014 Wild Card Playoff Game that Dallas won. Unfortunately for Detroit, they might not be fully equipped.

Third-year Tight End Eric Ebron suffered what was described as a “devastating” injury to his lower right leg on Saturday. While there are conflicting reports all over the great landscape of the internet, the Lions are concerned that this could be an injury to Ebron’s ACL. The 2014 1st Rounder has been unimpressive in two seasons, catching only 72 passes for 785 yards and 6 touchdowns. Should he miss serious time this season then it would be highly doubtful for Detroit to pick up his fifth-year option next offseason.

Why is this important, RJ? This is Inside The Star. Not Pride Rock where Simba and all them lived. 

Yesterday my fellow Staff Writer Jess Haynie pondered a few trade scenarios between the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, featuring Ron Leary as the prime piece for us. I connected some dots about Leary to Tennessee on Friday, but today we’re talking about a different player – Gavin Escobar.

Cowboys Headlines - Trade Talk: Could The Lions Be Interested In Gavin Escobar?

The Cowboys seemingly have depth at the Tight End position.

Why Escobar? Eric Ebron, of course. In the comments for this post on our Official Inside The Star Facebook Page, loyal Inside The Star reader Zach Moore floated this out as a hypothetical. So here we are!

The Ebron injury, should it be severe like the Lions initially feared, would completely wreck what is an already ravaged depth chart for Detroit at the Tight End position. Brandon Pettigrew tore his ACL late last season so he’s still on the PUP list, and Tim Wright tore his in minicamp so he’s done-zo for this season. If you’re a Detroit Lions Tight End you need to guard your ACL with your life! It sounds like the Lions have a Gavin-Escobar-shaped hole.

The Cowboys have a precariously long line of depth at Tight End:

  • Jason Witten, King of all Tight Ends.
  • Gavin Escobar, invisible to the Cowboys Coaching Staff.
  • James Hanna, who was re-signed this offseason.
  • Geoff Swaim, the inspiration for the Swaim Train.
  • Rico Gathers, who is literally learning how to play football at a high level.

It’s no secret that Escobar is entering the final year of his rookie contract with the Cowboys. Gavin was taken in the 2nd Round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and is (by default) the most productive of the Cowboys recent 2nd Round woes. If they want to keep Swaim or Gathers around, it makes sense to move Escobar (who surprisingly didn’t open up Training Camp on the PUP list himself).

Should the Cowboys call up Detroit and be willing to deal Escobar it would ideally be for a prime pass rusher. Escobar is a starting level Tight End in the NFL for teams who don’t boast a Hall of Famer at the position, and the Lions have already suffered enough losses in terms of aerial weapons with the recent retirement of Calvin Johnson.

The Lions have their own Ezekiel in Ziggy Ansah, and of course he’s off the table. The player the Cowboys should try to procure is Devin Taylor, who is currently expected to start opposite Ansah at Defensive End.

It’s practically a Training Camp tradition for Cowboys-trading-away-one-of-their-Tight-Ends ideas to float around. They’ve never really lacked depth at the position and this is the time of year where people are in need. It remains to be seen if the Cowboys will finally prey on that, like a Lion would!

What do you think of the Cowboys potentially sending Gavin Escobar to the Lions? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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  • Randy Martin

    I would love to see Dallas make that trade but not sure the Lions would part with Taylor. He really came on last season with 4.5 sacks in the last 6 games, and moving into the starting role opposite Ansah. He is also in a contract season and you know if he has a big season he will be looking for his payday. Jerry if you reading this go and make this happen!

  • RJ Ochoa

    Devin Taylor really is coming on strong, but he felt like the most fair trade-off for Gavin (especially given the Lions current need). I especially agree with your point about him being in a contract year, and Gavin is as well. It seems like an equally large risk/investment for both parties. #vamonos

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Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports

Mauricio Rodriguez



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For better or worse, the Cowboys don’t even need to play football to be all over national TV. I guess it’s just part of being the one and only America’s Team. For the second consecutive week, Fox Sports had a Dallas Cowboys’ player on set for Fox’s “Undisputed.”

Just a week ago, Brice Butler made waves with some controversial comments that failed to make him look like a “great teammate.”

This time, Fox’s guest was Cowboys’ Cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Unlike Butler, I really think we should give Scandrick credit for being a very good teammate, and acting like one on his TV appearance.

Throughout the segment, it feels as if Orlando is being tricked into saying something against his teammates. Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe start bashing on Dez Bryant‘s performance and the fact that he should be replaced.

Of course, this is the kind of stuff fans in Cowboys Nation are thinking about. Heck, I really wouldn’t even mind if Dez isn’t wearing a star next season. However, I really disliked Butler’s comments when asked if he would’ve done a better job if given the same opportunities as Dez.

Scandrick’s responses were awesome though. When asked if he would defend Dez, he didn’t even hesitate.

“I don’t think he’s lost any confidence. He’s one of the most confident players I’ve ever been around. I think it can all be fixed. I think he just needs to get back to work and get back to the basics.” – Orlando Scandrick on Dez Bryant.

Scandrick also answered questions about what went wrong with the Cowboys this season by pointing out the fact they lost one of their best players because of a suspension, and some injuries. But he also said what’s been in our minds for a long time. When asked what was the biggest reason they struggled, he said some painful, yet truthful words: “We played some bad football against some very good teams.”

Later, he was asked about how Sean Lee’s absence affected the defense, he insisted they didn’t step up. At the end of the day, the NFL is a league in which you can’t be that dependent on a single player.

Sean Lee is an awesome player, but I think we’d all like to see this defense be a little less dependent on him.

Scandrick even had to defend Dak Prescott.

Dak was highly criticized after a sophomore season in which he struggled, alongside the entire team. But in the words of Orlando, we should “give him time.” Dak had a lot on his plate, but he made a lot of progress for the Cowboys.

You can listen to the entire interview here.

Orlando Scandrick’s time in Dallas may be coming to an end, especially with young guys like Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis taking over. He’s signed through 2019, so who knows; maybe we see him wearing the star for a bit longer.

“It’s always a possibility.” – Orlando Scandrick on potentially not returning to Dallas next season.

Even still, it’s nice to see him support his football team and his friends on a show which featured a non-starting Cowboys’ wide receiver taking shots against his team. Orlando Scandrick deserves an applause.

Tell me what you think about “Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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Should Cowboys Pursue Veteran Backup at Quarterback?

Jess Haynie



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The Dallas Cowboys only have two quarterbacks under contract right now, starter Dak Prescott and backup Cooper Rush. With only three years of combined experience between them, one could argue that a veteran presence would be useful. Should Dallas make a veteran QB a free-agent priority in the 2018 offseason?

Of course, there’s plenty of other QB experience on the Cowboys staff. Head Coach Jason Garrett played professionally from 1989-2004, and started his coaching career with quarterbacks.

Scott Linehan has been coaching offense with an emphasis on the passing game for 30 years.

Kellen Moore, who is taking over for the departed Wade Wilson as quarterbacks coach, has played very recently and will bring a fresh perspective.

However, losing Wilson’s experience from the room, and the lack of any veteran player at QB, shouldn’t be dismissed.

Dak Prescott has said veteran Mark Sanchez — who was with Dallas in 2016 — was a major help during his whirlwind rookie season. Tony Romo enjoyed veteran advice from guys like Brad Johnson, Jon Kitna, and Kyle Orton throughout his playing career.

This isn’t to say Dallas would want to bring in a veteran to knock Cooper Rush down the depth chart. After a surprising preseason, Rush took the backup job from Kellen Moore and certainly has intriguing upside.

If the Cowboys were to add a veteran, that player would have to come in with the understanding he’s competing with Cooper and may not be guaranteed a job.

The good news is that it’ll be a buyer’s market for veteran quarterbacks this offseason.

Guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown, and Matt Moore could all be available. Even a player with more pedigree, such as Sam Bradford, may have trouble finding starting work with many jobs taken among the NFL’s 32 teams.

Dallas could even consider bringing back Mark Sanchez, given his previous relationship with Dak Prescott. He only had a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.

Given Prescott’s seeming durability, Dallas will likely only keep two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster in 2018 and for years to come. Because of that, they may be content to focus on Dak and Cooper Rush, and just get through the offseason with training camp bodies.

However, the case can certainly be made for adding another veteran player with the desire to teach to help these young quarterbacks develop. Prescott was not the same guy in 2017 that we saw as a rookie, and perhaps the absence of guys like Sanchez and Tony on the sideline had something to do with that.


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Why WR Coach Sanjay Lal is a Good Hire for Cowboys

Kevin Brady



Why WR Coach Sanjay Lal Is A Good Hire For Cowboys

Yesterday, it was announced that the Dallas Cowboys will hire Sanjay Lal to be their new wide receivers coach. Lal spent 2017 with the Indianapolis Colts in the same position, but has made multiple stops around the NFL prior to joining the Cowboys staff.

Most recently and arguably most notably, Sanjay Lal was the receivers coach for both the New York Jets (2012-2014) and the Buffalo Bills (2015-2016). This means he coached on Rex Ryan’s staff for two different teams, with two very similar offensive philosophies.

Run the football.

As seen in the video below, Sanjay Lal has experience working as the wide outs coach for an offense with a run-first philosophy. He even says himself that their offense in New York was “ground and pound,” but notes that “without a pass game there’s no pound.”

Cowboys fans became all too familiar with the truth behind that statement during the 2017 season, as even solid efforts in the run game were rendered meaningless by their lack of explosion through the air.

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Jets wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal is mic’d up during training camp, and also discusses trying to play pro football before becoming a coach in the NFL.

A lot has been made of Sanjay Lal’s lack of 1,000-yard receivers during his time as a coach. The offensive philosophies of the teams which he coached for, however, show why this criticism is flimsy.

It’s quite possible the Cowboys will once again be without a 1,000 yard pass catcher this season, but if Ezekiel Elliott and the run game are clicking, and Dak Prescott is spreading the ball to different targets, this stat won’t mean a thing.

Lal was also the coach in Buffalo when Sammy Watkins had the best years of his career, including a 1,000-yard season.

During that stint he coached Robert Woods to productive seasons as well. Now Woods is a dangerous target for the Los Angeles Rams after being coached by Lal for multiple seasons.

These were also the same years that quarterback Tyrod Taylor was at his best.

While in New York, with the Jets, Lal’s most productive receiver was Jeremy Kerley, who finished with 827 yards in 2012 and 523 in 2013. What’s important to note here is that Kerley played as a slot receiver for much of his time as a Jet.

The Cowboys lacked any type of production from the slot in 2017, but maybe Lal can change that by getting the best out of Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer, as he did with Kerley.

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Know that some believe he had a real shot to be an OC in this league one day.

All indications from those “in the know” suggest Sanjay Lal is on his way to becoming an offensive coordinator soon. Many believe he has the smarts and the football IQ to command an offense himself, as soon as he gets the right opportunity.

Maybe that opportunity will come down the line in Dallas, where he can continue to coach within that “ground and pound” style, which he has done for many years while also implementing elements of his own passing game expertise.

Everyone has been critical of the Cowboys’ inability to bring in external hires, and to spark up new/creative offensive ideas. Lal has spent time among some of the smartest offensive minds in football.

Maybe he’s the man to bring in that outside creativity this offense seems to lack.


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