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Gavin Escobar hoping to shine after forgettable rookie year

08/06/2014 11:48 AM

08/06/2014 11:49 AM

Gavin Escobar had a standout career at San Diego State and is excited about playing in his college town Thursday night.

It will mark the beginning of his second season in the NFL and he is hoping to make significant strides after an underwhelming rookie season.

Escobar, the Cowboys’ second-round pick in 2013, was known for his pass-catching ability in college, but finished with only nine catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. He played a total of 206 offensive snaps and also seemed overmatched at times during run-blocking plays.

Asked to assess his rookie season, Escobar said: “I took advantage of the opportunities that I was given.”

Escobar knows he has room to grow and has been focused so far in training camp to improve his run-blocking ability as well as his route running.

Escobar said this year’s camp compared to last year’s has been “night and day.”

“I was drafted as a pass catcher, but obviously I have to be an all-around tight end,” Escobar said. “That’s what I’m striving to do.”

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