Only Cowboys’ top draft pick remains unsigned
The Dallas Cowboys’ most recent draft pick Gavin Escobar, who was selected 47th overall pick in April’s draft, reportedly signed to a $4.2 million rookie contract over four years and includes $2.2 million in guaranteed money. The two-time first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection Gavin Escobar was regarded as one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the nation last fall. Gavin Escobar finished last season by catching 42 passes for 543 yards and six TDs for the Aztecs. He had 122 catches for 1,646 yards and 17 touchdowns in 39 career games during his collegiate career at San Diego State.
The rookie tight end Gavin Escobar is expected to play big role in the Dallas Cowboys’ rotation during his first year in the Pros. The Dallas Cowboys are plan to use more two tight end sets to get Gavin Escobar and veteran Jason Witten, who led the team in 2012 with 110 catches for 1,039 and three TDs, in the field together this season. The team is hoping Gavin Escobar will be a huge factor in the passing game for the Dallas Cowboys, particularly the red zone. But first Gavin Escobar will have to beat out the Dallas Cowboys’ 2012 draft sixth-round pick James Hanna to get the majority of the work with Witten in two-tight end sets this season, after Hanna caught eight passes for 86 yards in his rookie season.
With Gavin Escobar in the fold, the Dallas Cowboys have signed seven of their eight draft picks with only Wisconsin offensive lineman Travis Frederick still unsigned. But Travis Frederick said last week that his contract was “almost done” and he expects to sign with the Dallas Cowboys well before the training. That seems to be the case as at that time Travis Frederick’s agent was spotted at minicamp, a positive indication that contract talks with the Cowboys are heating up.
While some initially criticized the Dallas Cowboys for initially taking Travis Frederick with their 31st overall pick in April’s draft, as many scouts didn't consider Frederick a first-round pick, the Wisconsin product has grown immensely since his arrival at Valley Ranch. Travis Frederick is penciled in as the Dallas Cowboys’ starting center and has been taking first-team snaps ahead of veterans Dallas Cowboys’ Ryan Cook as well as Phil Costa. He has also managed to impress the coaches with his growing confidence, intelligence and work ethic.
"He comes to work every day,” Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of Travis Frederick. "He's a very smart guy. I think he does have a presence in there physically but also just with the approach that he takes. He's a confident player.
"The challenge for him is blocking across from him. It's (Jason) Hatcher. It's (Jay) Ratliff. It's some of those guys,” added Jason Garrett. “That's a tough (assignment). I think he's understanding that. It's not always going to be perfect. He has to keep battling and keep fighting."