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Dynasty: TE Gavin "Pablo" Escobar, Cowboys

Yesterday, 07:35 PM

Could Gavin Escobar be the Cowboys' next big thing?


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.

Falcons at Ravens - Weather Alert

Yesterday, 08:26 AM

Winds in Baltimore Sunday are gusting to 30 mph for Falcons at Ravens.


Windy conditions scare us far more than rain or snow. Gusts as high as 30 mph have been proven to strongly affect passing games, particularly in yards per attempt. We'd use this info to break close lineup decisions.
Related: Matt Ryan
Oct 19 - 12:09 PM


What did we learn from Week 6?

12 October 2014 - 07:57 PM

I didn't see a thread, so I thought that I would get one started.





Dynasty: Amari Cooper, Alabama

26 September 2014 - 09:17 PM

Jeremiah: Tide's Amari Cooper better than Bills' Sammy Watkins

Chase Goodbread

Wide receiver prospects better than Sammy Watkins, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, aren't easy to find. But NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes Alabama has one in junior Amari Cooper. Jeremiah and fellow analyst Bucky Brooks discussed Cooper's potential this week on the College Football 24/7 Podcast.


"I had Amari Cooper ahead of Sammy Watkins and Marqise Lee (last year). The way (Cooper) played last year, being a little bit nicked up, that probably raised eyebrows, having him over Sammy Watkins," Jeremiah said. "But what I've seen from him now, I do, I think he's a better football player just all-around, just polished in everything, as a route runner, I think he's a little bit ahead of Sammy."

Cooper's productivity certainly has matched the praise. He leads the NCAA in both receptions (43) and receiving yards (655), although he'll likely fall off that perch Saturday as the Crimson Tide is idle this week. Asked in July about his pending decision whether to enter the NFL draft as an underclassman, Cooper said he wants to "stay where my feet are, and focus on today."

Said Brooks: "He looks like a No. 1 receiver should look. He can run all the intermediate routes, he can get vertical, he can catch and run, he's physical, he's a willing blocker. He's playing in a pro-style offense so it shouldn't really be a big transition for him to go to the National Football League."

Jeremiah isn't the only one to liken Cooper to Watkins. An AFC talent evaluator told Yahoo! Sports that Cooper is "not the horse Julio (Jones) is," but said he compared favorably to the Buffalo Bills' prized rookie.

"That's the closest comparison, at least among the recent guys," the evaluator said. "(Bama doesn't) use him quite as creatively as Clemson did with Sammy, but they can do some of the same things."

Meanwhile, Cooper likes to model his game after that of the San Francisco 49ers' Michael Crabtree.

Former Titan Rob Bironas dies

22 September 2014 - 05:49 PM

Former Titan Rob Bironas dies


Associated Press



NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas died Saturday night after a car accident near his home, according to police.


Metro Nashville Police said Bironas, 36, lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after 11 p.m. less than a mile from home. Police said in a statement on the department website that his SUV was speeding when it went off the road and hit a line of trees before coming to a stop upside down in a culvert.


Bironas was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Police said there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs at the scene.




It's w/ heavy hearts that we confirm the passing RB # 2 We appreciate your respect for the family's privacy and your prayers at this time.



The Titans released Bironas in March after nine seasons. The Tennessean reported Bironas had worked out earlier this week for the Detroit Lions and for Tampa Bay during the offseason.


Bironas married Rachel Bradshaw, daughter of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, in June. Police spokesman Don Aaron said a police chaplain was with her after the crash. Bradshaw did not appear on the "Fox NFL Sunday" pregame show and was going to Nashville to be with his daughter.


The Titans, who played at Cincinnati, issued a statement Sunday saying their thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family.


"We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news from last night about Rob Bironas," the team said in a statement. "Rob made a significant impact as a player in his nine years with the team and more importantly touched many lives in the Nashville community off the field."


Bironas was the fourth most-accurate kicker in NFL history, connecting on 85.7 percent of his kicks (239 of 279). Only David Akers made more field goals (247) between 2005 and 2013 than Bironas. For kickers with 100 or more field goals since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, Bironas ranked third making 75.2 percent of his kicks from 40 yards or longer (94 of 125).


He finished as the Titans' second all-time leading scorer with 1,032 points, and he set a franchise record scoring triple digits in seven straight seasons. He also set an NFL record in 2011 in hitting a field goal from at least 40 yards in 10 consecutive games.


Bironas made a franchise-record 11 game-winning field goals during his career, including a 60-yarder against the Indianapolis Colts in 2006 that remains the longest field goal in Oilers or Titans history. Bironas kicked an NFL single-game record eight field goals in a 2007 victory over the Houston Texans, including a 29-yard game-winner as time expired. That helped him to make his only Pro Bowl, the same year he was an Associated Press All Pro.


"All I'm going to really say right now is my thoughts and prayers are out to Rachel and London, his son, and the Bironas family," said punter Brett Kern, who worked as Bironas' holder since 2009. "You never want to get that call in the morning that that happened. I'm just praying for them through this time."


"Rob was a real charismatic guy that always kind of brought smiles to people's faces around the building, around this team," quarterback Jake Locker said. "It's tough to see a guy like that, that young, really kind of just having the opportunity to start his life, he just got married, all those things, you feel for him, you feel for the loved ones that unfortunately are left behind now. You just pray that in some way they can be stronger and find a positive out of it."


Bironas went to Auburn and transferred to Georgia Southern where he won a Division I-AA national title. Bironas went to work for his father's company in Louisville, Kentucky, and was cut by Green Bay in 2002. He played in the Arena Football League and even the AF2 while spending time in training camps with Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh working as a part-time security guard and other jobs while trying to stick with an NFL team.


He won a roster spot with the Titans in 2005.


"To play in the NFL was the ultimate goal," Bironas said in December 2006.