I’m not sure what to make of Gavin Escobar, the Kansas City Chiefs new signing. The tight end was a 2013 second round pick by the Dallas Cowboys but only caught 30 passes over four seasons in the league.
We asked SB Nation’s Cowboys blog, Blogging The Boys, for their take on Escobar and it was more or less a shrug because they didn’t get a chance to see much of him either.
Not too much to say about Escobar, he just never got much of a chance at regular playing time because of Jason Witten. When he first came to the Cowboys he was a weak blocker but he did seem to improve that aspect of his game over time. He looks like he's got decent receiving skills, but again, when Jason Witten plays just about every down and is never hurt, he's just not going to see a lot of time on the field making plays. With playing time, he could be a valuable role player, but he never proved he could be a difference maker in any way.
Anyone remember the second tight end behind Tony Gonzalez when he was in Kansas City? Of course, you don’t (spoiler: one of you diehards in the comments does remember).
The thing that concerns me is I don’t think he makes it very far in Kansas City if he can’t block. Andy Reid will ask his tight ends to do that so they can run or pass from those formations. If the Chiefs always passed when Escobar came in it would be an easy tendency to break down. If he can block competently, I could see a role for him.