Gathers Eligible to Resume Practice

The Cowboys' potent has been far from the problem during their 2-3 start to this season, as another potential target for QB is making progress towards getting back on the field. TE Rico Gathers, placed on IR to start the season after suffering a serious concussion in practice, is now eligible to return to the practice field.

Gathers may very well still have a long way to go in contributing this season at TE, where his second year in transitioning from NCAA basketball to NFL football got off to a flying start in the .

There was legitimate hope that – even with their general lack of creativity on offense – the Cowboys and would be able to get return on their investment in Gathers in the this season.

He will first be eligible to play in week nine, when the Dallas Cowboys host the – with on the call of his first Dallas game.

The Cowboys are currently second in the league at converting trips to touchdown, and with the at TE fully set ahead of Gathers, this seems like the one area he could make any immediate impact in 2017.

, , and are all valued by the Cowboys for their complete skills as receivers and blockers in the all-important ground game.

For a Cowboys offense that needs to do everything they can to protect a going through some serious growing pains right now, adding a 6'8″ pass catcher to the mix only makes sense.

Gathers has made a significant commitment to his new craft at TE, and the Cowboys have rewarded their 2015 pick to date. Being injured by a teammate was a major setback for Rico and the team, as even getting him back to working at should lift spirits around the Cowboys.

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Sean Martin

Written by Sean Martin

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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