Tight end Gavin Escobar has played one offensive snap the past two weeks. He didn’t get any offensive action against the Bears in Week 3, and saw the field only once offensively against the 49ers last Sunday.
For a former second-round pick in a contract year, Escobar has quickly become a forgotten man on the Cowboys roster. All of this has happened after he garnered his fair share of praise in training camp for how quickly he recovered from a torn Achilles that ended his 2015 season prematurely on Dec. 19.
“I’m happy to be on the team,” Escobar said on Tuesday. “I just go out there and do what I can.”
Escobar said his sharp decline in playing time has nothing to do with a possible setback injury-wise, adding that he is feeling better and better each week.
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“Technically I was cleared by training camp, but I wasn’t full go,” Escobar said. “I’m starting to actually feel like myself in practice, so that’s good I guess.”
Geoff Swaim, a seventh-round pick out of Texas last season, has emerged as the No. 2 option behind Jason Witten at tight end.
For his part, Escobar has never complained about his role or playing time since the Cowboys made him a second-round pick in 2013. He hasn’t made an impact that is expected from a second-round pick, and his days with the Cowboys seem numbered.
He has played a total of 11 offensive snaps and an additional 37 on special teams this season.
Escobar voiced no displeasure with his role even though he is headed into free agency after the season.
“Honestly, I really don’t think about it,” Escobar said. “I really just try to take it week-to-week and focus on what I can do to get on the field and help the team.”