What surely is Gavin Escobar’s final season seemed destined to end with a dud. But the former second-round pick showed he’s not quite done in Dallas yet.
Escobar scored the Cowboys’ final touchdown – a 2-yard pass from Dak Prescott.
Not only was in Escobar’s first catch of the season, but it was the first time Prescott has targeted Escobar.
“It felt really good,” Escobar said. “First catch of the season for a touchdown. That was awesome.”
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The Browns, who have had a hard time covering tight ends, gave up a third 100-yard game to a tight end this season. Jason Witten had his first 100-yard game since the 2013 season finale.
In all, Cowboys tight ends caught 11 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. As a team, Dallas had 22 catches for 255 yards and three touchdowns.
“We knew that this was going to be a game where we were going to have opportunities,” Escobar said. “We weren’t sure how it was going to go, but we knew in the game plan we had opportunities to make plays.”
Escobar was wide open on his touchdown catch.
“Honestly, we were just executing our plays,” Escobar said. “I don’t know if they were confused by it. …I was kind of late in the progression. So I was blocking and then I’m late to the flat. We just got them.
“Witten is the primary receiver. But I think they had three guys guarding him because he was tearing it up all game. I was later in the progression.”
Escobar has proved a disappointment since the Cowboys used a second-round choice on him in 2013. He has 27 catches for 305 yards and eight touchdowns in his career.
He played only 27 offensive snaps the first seven weeks and 66 on special teams. Escobar played only two Sunday as Geoff Swaim played 38 and Witten played 70 of 73 offensive snaps.
Escobar becomes a free agent in the off-season.