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Will Cowboys Former 2nd Round Draft Pick Be Traded?

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The NFL trade deadline is coming up fast (November 1) and we have already seen a few moves made around the NFL. Whether or not the Dallas Cowboys will be active before the trade line is unknown, but they do have a few players that could be tradable commodities.

Last week I examined who might be interested in trading for Darren McFadden, so this week I thought I would take a look at the Cowboys former 2nd second round draft pick Gavin Escobar, who might just be as desirable for some team around the NFL as McFadden.

Escobar has failed to record any statistics on offense so far in 2016, and for his career only has 26 receptions for 303 yards and seven touchdowns during his time in Dallas. To say that he has been a disappointment is an understatement.

What makes Escobar even more expendable is the fact that James Hanna can return to the Cowboys lineup as soon as they decide to add him to the active roster. When/if this happens it’s unlikely the Cowboys keep four tight ends, thus making Escobar tradable.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and say exactly what the Cowboys would ask in return for Escobar, but the New England Patriots just traded AJ Derby to the Denver Broncos for a fifth round draft pick in 2017.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Broncos traded a 2017 draft to New England for TE AJ Derby, per source. https://t.co/q4iAghsnQM

I would think a fifth round draft pick would be the starting point for a tight end as talented as Gavin Escobar, even though he hasn’t quite lived up to his potential yet.

Below are some of the teams that I think could be interested in a receiving tight end such as Gavin Escobar.

Green Bay Packers

I mentioned the Green Bay Packers as a team that could be interested in trading for Darren McFadden, and I think they could find Gavin Escobar intriguing as well.

The Packers tried to add a receiving tight end during the off-season when they signed Jared Cook, but he has struggled with injuries so far leaving somewhat of a void at the TE position.

Now, I would be somewhat hesitant if I was the Dallas Cowboys to trade Escobar or McFadden for that matter to a team I could potentially see in the playoffs. Thus, this trade would look unlikely.

Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders look like a team that has a really good chance of making the playoffs, but haven’t really gotten any production out of the tight end position.

Mychal Rivera and Clive Walford have failed to make much of an impact in the passing game, so adding Gavin Escobar would give up and coming quarterback Derek Carr another receiving weapon.

This is an intriguing option to make a trade with because the Dallas Cowboys would be sending Escobar outside of the NFC.

Detroit Lions

The Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions have been trade partners in the past (Roy Williams). Unfortunately, the Lions got the better part of that deal, maybe this time the Cowboys will come out on top.

Eric Ebron was drafted by Detroit in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to be that receiving type tight end for the offense, but has yet to live up to those expectations. This year in particular he has struggled with injuries, thus making Escobar an intriguing option.

Again, the Dallas Cowboys might be reluctant to trade to a team they have to face later in the year and possibly in the playoffs. It would all depend on the compensation Detroit is offering in return.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be interested in adding a receiving type tight end for not only the rest of the season, but for the future.

They thought they had that in Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but he ended up being released by the Buccaneers after he was cited for a DUI back in September.

Jameis Winston is still a young quarterback and could definitely use more weapons on the offensive side of the ball. What better way to help him out then to add a talented receiving tight end like Gavin Escobar?

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These are just a few teams that I think could possibly be interested in trading for Gavin Escobar, but as you can see, there shouldn’t be any shortage of potential suitors.

Do you think Gavin Escobar gets traded?

Let me hear what you think in the comment section below.

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  • Eric Welly

    Only if you can get more than the compensatory picks you’d get for them in FA, but I think they have a plan for him, maybe getting him back in game shape, but a Achilles injury is more mental, his body is healed. Besides Swaim has made it a no rush situation for Hanna\Escobar.

    Probably just another cog in the system, later down the road. 23 catches-7TDs in 3 yrs as the 3rd TE isn’t bad. If they use him more come end season his value goes way up in FA as does the comp pick, he’s proven to be a RZ threat and makes some nice catches. This week vs Eagles he can make some hay against the weak LB\DBs, they’ll be hard pressed to cover everybody all day.

    Fosano,Bennett,Phillips and a few other Witten back-ups are in the league and still playing so not a knock on them for trying to get looks behind a HOF player that has been available and productive for a decade.

    Amazing when we have depth, most want to trade it away for something to be determined next year.
    Dunbar could end up on IR any minute, Hanna has been MIA with no info since camp, Leary was expendable 4wks ago, I guess that’s why they get all the free hats and Gatorade they want.

    • Brian Martin

      Eric, I think at best Escobar is probably worth a sixth round compensatory pick. I don’t think the Cowboys would receive anything higher than that. Also, Escobar is in game shape and has been full go since training camp. The coaching staff just doesn’t have a defined role for him on offense. I think if the New England Patriots could get a fifth-round pick for AJ Darby, the Cowboys could possibly get as high as a third rounder.

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Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports

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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?

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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

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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.

Jets Nation Inside Camp: Sanjay Lal Mic’d Up

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.

Bryan Broaddus on Twitter

Know that some believe he had a real shot to be an OC in this league one day. https://t.co/1s21w2jZGR

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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