Rana L. Cash
October 19, 2014 8:10pm
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo declared recently that tight end Jason Witten could be the best Dallas Cowboy ever.
Its a big stretch under any circumstance. But on Sunday, Witten moved into second place among NFL tight ends for receiving yards when he reached 10,065 and climbing. He moved ahead of former Broncos great Shannon Sharpe (10,060) and is of course a long way behind Tony Gonzalez (15,127).
All good things come to an end, though, and with 12 seasons under his belt, youd have to think Witten wont be a Cowboy for too much longer.
This is a good time and place, then, to introduce Gavin Escobar.
The second-year pro from San Diego State is showing convincing flashes that he could be the replacement for Witten that Cowboys will need someday soon.
He caught touchdowns passes in the first and third quarters of the Cowboys game Sunday against the Giants, for 15 and 26 yards respectively. Hed caught four passes for 20 yards and a score coming into the game.
Its becoming clearer that hes a comfortable option for Romo, building on a rookie campaign in which he caught nine passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
By the end of Dallas 31-21 win, Escobar had a more impressive stat line (3 catches, 65 yards, 21.7 average, 2 TDs) than Witten (2 catches, 27 yards, 13.5 avg., 0 TDs). Plus, Escobar was targeted three times, one more than Witten.
Its not that the two are in a competition. At this point, the Cowboys are already better than theyve been in years, and theres a good chance no one cares whether its Witten or Escobar in front when there is a W attached.
After the game, tight ends coach Mike Pope, fired by the Giants' Tom Coughlin last winter, was given the game ball.
"You know he was loving this," Escobar told reporters.
And you know the Cowboys are loving young Escobar, a player to keep an eye on whether its for your Fantasy stats, or the Cowboys real life future.