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The most intriguing player at TE and quite possibly on the whole Cowboys roster is Gavin Escobar.
Coming out of San Diego State, Escobar showed the potential to be an elite receiving TE. He had the size and hands to be an incredible red-zone threat and reliable receiver. However, Escobar was not much of a blocker.
In 2013, Escobar seemed to be underutilized and only came up with nine receptions for 134 yards. As noted by Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News, he saw his playing time limited because of his deficiencies as a blocker.
Machota reported in June that Escobar has made a concerted effort to improve as a blocker, which is very promising.
Also, it looks like Escobar will be featured much more in the Cowboys offense in 2014. DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus said that if OTAs were any indication, Escobar will have a much bigger role in the offense this season.
There are numerous ways Escobar could get more involved in the offense. Escobar could be split wide in the same way Jimmy Graham is with the New Orleans Saints. He could also be utilized in the slot and as the second TE in 12 and 22 personnel.
If Escobar has improved as a blocker, then there will be little reason for the Cowboys not to utilize him in every way possible.
The best case for Escobar is that he breaks out as a legitimate receiving threat and fantastic red-zone target while being an adequate blocker.
Worst case is he doesn't improve as a blocker, which causes the Cowboys to sit him in much the same way they did in his rookie year.
Most likely, Escobar will become a great red-zone receiver while slowly getting more targets as the season wears on.