Gavin Escobar

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Gavin Escobar
No. 89 – San Diego Fleet
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1991-02-03) February 3, 1991 (age 28)
New York, New York
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:Santa Margarita Catholic
(Rancho Santa Margarita, California)
College:San Diego State
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receiving yards:333
Receiving touchdowns:8
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Gavin Escobar (born February 3, 1991) is an American football tight end who is currently playing for the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft and played college football at San Diego State University.

Early years[edit]

Escobar attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. He was a 2008 Trinity League second-team selection on offense after grabbing 37 receptions for 492 yards and six scores.

He had seven receptions for 130 yards against St. Bonaventure, the eventual state Division III champion, in which he was named the player of the game for his performance. As a junior, he caught 11 passes for 163 yards (14.8 yards per catch). Considered a two-star recruit by[1] He also practiced basketball.

College career[edit]

Escobar accepted a football scholarship from San Diego State University, where he played for the Aztecs from 2009 to 2012. He was redshirted as a true freshman after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, which he was able to overcome after having the tumor removed. In 2010, he started 12 games, posting 29 receptions for 323 yards and 4 touchdowns. The next year although his role decreased with 6 starts in 13 games, his production improved with 51 receptions for 780 yards and 7 touchdowns. As a junior, he registered 42 receptions for 543 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Following his 2011 and 2012 seasons, he was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference (MWC) selection. For his college career, he tallied 122 receptions for 1,646 yards, 17 touchdowns and never missed a game. He announced that he would enter the NFL Draft after his junior season.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 6 in
(1.98 m)
254 lb
(115 kg)
33 58 in
(0.85 m)
9 34 in
(0.25 m)
4.84 s 4.31 s 7.07 s 32.0 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 6 in
(2.90 m)
All values from NFL Combine.[3]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Escobar was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round (47th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. After having mixed results from using previous second round draft choices in tight ends Anthony Fasano and Martellus Bennett, the Cowboys surprised observers by selecting another tight end.[4][5][6]


In his rookie season, he was expected to be a pass catching option in the two tight end packages, but he was used sparingly, registering 9 receptions for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns.[7]


Escobar remained in a backup role in his second season in the league, but was passed on the depth chart by James Hanna, who was used to block at the point of attack in the running game. He was mostly used on special teams and as a red zone target, finishing with 105 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns on 9 receptions.[8]


Even though wide receiver Dez Bryant missed 7 games, Escobar still wasn't able to increase his role in the team's offense and remained as the third-string tight end. The 12 games that quarterback Tony Romo missed, also impacted his production, finishing with 8 receptions for 64 yards and one touchdown.

He suffered a season-ending injury when he tore his right Achilles tendon in the last drive of the fourteenth game of the season against the New York Jets.[9] On December 25, he was placed on the injured reserve list, in order to promote defensive tackle Casey Walker to the 53-man roster.[10]


Escobar made a surprising quick recovery from his Achilles injury, allowing him to have a full participation in training camp,[11] though he was passed on the depth chart by Geoff Swaim, who displayed better blocking ability. After being used primarily as a core special teams player and only participating in 29 offensive plays, Escobar became the backup tight end after Swaim suffered a season-ending injury in the week 10 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[12] Because he struggled with his blocking, the Cowboys were forced to use offensive lineman Joe Looney as the blocking tight end in short yardage situations. He finished with 4 receptions and one touchdown.

Although he had the size and continued improving his technique, he could never develop into a dependable in-line blocker. As with other Cowboys tight ends during the Jason Witten era, the team's coaches could never find a complementary role for him in the passing game, which limited Escobar to never starting more than 4 games and recording more than 9 receptions in a season.[13] He played in 62 games (7 starts), making 30 receptions for 333 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

On March 31, Escobar signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs, to provide depth in a position that had some uncertainty, with starter Travis Kelce rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery and backup Demetrius Harris having been arrested in March for felony possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.[14] On September 2, he was released after not being able to pass Ross Travis on the depth chart.[15]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

On October 23, 2017, Escobar signed with the Baltimore Ravens, who were looking to improve their depth after tight end Maxx Williams re-injured his ankle.[16] On November 18, he was released to make room for Danny Woodhead.[17]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On January 15, 2018, Escobar signed a reserve/future contract with the Cleveland Browns.[18] He was released by the Browns on April 12, 2018.[19]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

On April 16, 2018, Escobar signed with the Miami Dolphins.[20] He was released on September 1, 2018, but was re-signed five days later.[21][22] He was released on September 11, 2018.[23]

San Diego Fleet[edit]

After getting released by the Dolphins, Escobar joined the San Diego Fleet of the newly-formed Alliance of American Football.[24]

Career stats[edit]

Season Receiving
Year Team GP GS Tar Rec Yds Avg Long TD
2013 DAL 16 1 15 9 134 14.9 25 2
2014 DAL 16 1 13 9 105 11.7 26 4
2015 DAL 14 4 13 8 64 8.0 22 1
2016 DAL 16 1 7 4 30 7.5 14 1
Career 62 7 48 30 333 11.1 26 8


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  2. ^ "SDSU TE Gavin Escobar declaring for the NFL draft". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "NFL Draft 2013: Gavin Escobar". Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "Heavily criticized 2013 draft class coming up big for Cowboys". October 19, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Quest For Second TE Becoming Never-Ending Quest". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Cowboys will be judged by lineman after draft move". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  7. ^ "NFL Player Profile". Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  8. ^ "Cowboys position review: Tight ends". January 30, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "Three years in, Cowboys still haven't found a fit for Gavin Escobar". December 23, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  10. ^ "Cowboys Give Christmas Present To Jameill Showers And Casey Walker". Blogging The Boys. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  11. ^ "Cowboys' Gavin Escobar lets loose in return from torn Achilles". August 7, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  12. ^ "Gavin Escobar gets final chance to show Cowboys what he can do". November 18, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Cowboys have a stake in growing Gavin Escobar's role". August 18, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  14. ^ Gehlken, Michael (March 31, 2017). "Chiefs set to sign TE Gavin Escobar".
  15. ^ "Chiefs Roster Down to NFL Mandated 53". September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on June 3, 2018.
  16. ^ Mink, Ryan (October 23, 2017). "Ravens Sign Former Second-Round Tight End".
  17. ^ Mink, Ryan (November 18, 2017). "Ravens Activate Danny Woodhead to 53-Man Roster".
  18. ^ "Browns sign TE Gavin Escobar". January 15, 2018.
  19. ^ "Browns release 7 players". April 12, 2018.
  20. ^ "Miami Dolphins Sign Escobar". April 16, 2018.
  21. ^ "Miami Dolphins Make Roster Moves". September 1, 2018.
  22. ^ "Dolphins Sign Escobar, Place Gray On IR". September 6, 2018.
  23. ^ Williams, Charean (September 11, 2018). "Dolphins release Gavin Escobar". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  24. ^ Shannon, Chase (January 27, 2019). "Former Cowboy Escobar ready for new challenge in AAF". WOAI-TV. Retrieved February 1, 2019.

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