5 tall orders for Cowboys 6-foot-6 tight end Gavin Escobar

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Being 6-foot-6 makes it easier to be an NFL tight end. It makes it harder to get in the Saturn your girlfriend is driving. Gavin Escobar laughs about his life as a tall guy. His height is one reason the Cowboys selected him in the second round of the draft, and he’ll always be glad about that. But life at 6-6 is different than at 5-6 or 6-foot. He talks about five ways his height affects him:

1“You know, the worst part of being tall is airplanes. If I don’t get exit row, it’s a long flight.”

2“Not everything’s made for 6-6 people. I finally got a California King [bed]. I was really excited about that.”

3“I like big cars, so I’m leasing a Ford Explorer right now. My girlfriend drives a little tiny car. I duck to get in it. It takes me a while.”

4“I’ve got an uncle who’s about 6-4. My brother’s only about 6-foot. My sister’s pretty tall for a girl, but nobody has the height like me.”

5“I bump my head on things.”

Gotcha moment

Jason Garrett played a joke on the reporters in his daily news conference Monday. He was asked at what point in the week the team will start deciding on playing time for the Hall of Fame Game. He got everyone’s attention when he said, “We had those conversations two weeks ago, and we outlined everybody’s playing status. We made that public.” At that point, he stopped, and there was silence. He curled his finger in a hook and made a face like a fish caught on a hook. He laughed as knowing smiles spread. “You guys were locked into that answer,” he said.

Funny text

Tony Romo talked to reporters Monday and told a Bill Parcells story. He said he and the former coach still talk and often text. When Romo signed his rich extension this year, he remembered how Parcells recruited him to come to Dallas, which offered him $10,000 to sign. Denver had offered him twice that. Parcells texted him after the new contract in March: “I was just wondering if coming to Dallas had worked out for you.” Romo said, “I had to laugh. It was pretty funny.”

Yankee message

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi got in some football Monday. He stopped by training camp to watch the Cowboys practice, playing some catch football with his son. He also delivered a message to the team, which has a big Yankees fan in Miles Austin.

Company man

So what are the Cowboys doing to make sure they play better at home, where they are only 17-15 since 2009? Jason Garrett was about to answer, then he stopped himself. Like he was reminding himself of something. “AT&T Stadium, parking lot and the moon,” he said. It’s a stock answer that used to begin, “Cowboys Stadium, parking lot and the moon.” He finished: “We need to play better everywhere.”

Quote board

“He’s an overachiever. He always has been. He’s smart, he’s tough, he understands the nuances of the game. I think he’s an instinctive player. His biggest limitation is his size.”

— Coach Jason Garrett, on guard Kevin Kowalski

“‘Big Cat’ was the one who told me, ‘Yeah, you can play end.’ I knew I could, but it’s kind of nice when somebody reinforces what you believe.”

— Defensive end Ben Bass, on assistant coach Leon Lett’s influence

Injury report

DE Ben Bass, ankle, returned to practice

WR Cole Beasley, knee, day-to-day

OT Demetress Bell, conditioning, day-to-day

OG Mackenzy Bernadeau, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

WR Danny Coale, knee, day-to-day

C Ryan Cook, lower back, undetermined

DE Tyrone Crawford, Achilles’, out for season

DT Ike Igbinosun, foot, undetermined

LS L.P. Ladouceur, calf, returned to practice

OG Ron Leary, calf, returned to practice

OT Jermey Parnell, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

DT Jay Ratliff, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

DE Cameron Sheffield, groin, undetermined

DE Anthony Spencer, knee, 2-4 weeks

TE James Hanna, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

Numbers game

2,090Fans in attendance Monday, bringing the camp total to 31,906 for seven days.

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