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Gathers Eligible to Resume Practice

Sean Martin

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The Cowboys' potent offense has been far from the problem during their 2-3 start to this season, as another potential target for QB Dak Prescott 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 preseason.

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

He will first be eligible to play in week nine, when the Dallas Cowboys host the Kansas City Chiefs - with Tony Romo on the call of his first Dallas game.

Jess Haynie on Twitter

TE Rico Gathers is eligible to return to practice this week. Can't play until Week 9, but can start getting ready. #CowboysNation

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

Jason Witten, James Hanna, and Geoff Swaim 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 defense 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 sixth round 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 The Star should lift spirits around the Cowboys.

Tell us what you think about "Gathers Eligible to Resume Practice" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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6 Comments
  • Russ_Te

    You have to use Gather’s size & athleticism as a new wrinkle that defenses will not be prepared for, as you also ease him into the NFL game.

    So I would like about 12-15 reps, and at least 3 targets. It will remain to play out, but I think the biggest issue is run blocking and help on certain pass rushers. You have to figure Gathers is a project in that aspect of the game. Meanwhile I’m looking for a few good strikes that defenders can’t cover.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      With the way this team may need to score points, field goals down deep won’t cut it. A few shots to an impossible to cover TE works for me. Appreciate you always reading and responding, Russ.

  • Travis Diggs

    Its up to scott linehan at the end of the day. He is a inconsistent coordinator with his execution. His scheme and personnel is questionable at times. Rico could give this offense the mix matches they need but its ultimately up to the coaching staff

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      Travis, thanks as always for your thoughts. With the way this coaching staff values continuity, it is difficult to expect Gathers to do a whole lot this season. At the end of the day, this is still a dominant offense that should be able to exploit any defense with their balance and skill. Its up to the defense to allow them to show that consistently.

      • Travis Diggs

        Any defense Sean??? Denver this year and Minesota last year gave the blueprint to beat this “dominant offense” All im saying is maybe a little more creativity. Defenses like most fans sitting home watching can predict where the ball is going most of the time. Using Rico and maybe some Switzer would add a another element to this offense to keep Defenses guessing

  • Mr. Jaguar

    Sean we need all the help we can receive to hopefully turn this season around.Rico absolutely can help expand the Offense take some of the pressure off of Dez T Will and Beasley, especially the Bease. It time for Scott Linehan to dig deep in the Cowboys library and dust off some of Coach Landry’s playbook, if necessary, some new looks and formations.

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Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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February 20 is an important day for NFL clubs this year. Why? It's the first day in which teams can franchise tag any player. Since 2015, when the Dallas Cowboys tagged Dez Bryant before they were able to work out a long-term deal, Jerry Jones & Co. haven't used the franchise tag. In 2018, though, that will change.

DeMarcus Lawrence just played his best season yet in 2017, and he's looking to get paid big time. Through three years, he had been able to rack up nine sacks, 52 tackles and three forced fumbles. In just 2017, he sacked opposing quarterbacks 14.5 times, had 35 tackles and managed to force four fumbles.

Not only did Lawrence look like an elite pass rusher, but he also improved as a run defender a lot. The Cowboys have been looking for a "War Daddy" for a long, long time and Lawrence seems to be the answer for this football team.

After such a big year, one would expect the Cowboys to sign him to a multi-year enormous contract. But there's a catch. Lawrence failed to remain healthy early in his career and really didn't make as much of an impact until last season.

There's no question that D-Law will be wearing a star come the 2018 NFL season, but will he be doing it under a long-term deal or under a franchise tag?

David Moore on Twitter

Cowboys will not place franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence tomorrow as that window opens but will do so by March 6 w/ understanding the goal is to reach a long-term deal. Both sides have until July 16 to make that happen.

For now, according to David Moore from Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence with the objective of getting a deal done in July. The tag however, is not expected to be placed as soon as possible.

Jess Haynie on Twitter

In 2015, the Cowboys didn't place the franchise tag on Dez Bryant until the final deadline day. This year's deadline is March 6th, so it may be two weeks before they make it official with DeMarcus Lawrence. #CowboysNation #DallasCowboys

What would franchise tagging DeMarcus Lawrence mean for this team?

First of all, they'd make sure he doesn't hit free agency in March. This gives the front office time to get to work and restructure players' contracts if they have to in order to open up as much cap space as they can before giving him a deal.

It's worth mentioning as well, cap savings from players who are designated as post-June 1 cuts will already be available. If you want to be more familiarized with the Cowboys' cap situation, I highly recommend you read John Williams' deep dive on the matter.

It'll continue to be a very interesting story for this offseason, as handing a franchise tag to a player tends to become a non-friendly situation for both parties. Let's hope that's not the case for the Cowboys and Lawrence this year and that everything works out fine.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue updating you and the rest of Cowboys Nation throughout the offseason.

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Watch: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Goes Bowling for First Time Since College Injury

Sean Martin

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Should Cowboys Start Negotiating a Contract Extension With Rod Smith?

Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Jaylon Smith did not just defy all odds and return to normalcy in 2017, starting as the Cowboys' middle linebacker for a full 16 games. He became one of the team's and NFL's brightest success stories, earning the right to celebrate everyday activities returning to his life - as football did this season.

https://twitter.com/thejaylonsmith/status/964606764619624453

This is exactly what Jaylon Smith did on Twitter Friday afternoon, posting a Snapchat video of himself bowling. The caption on Twitter adds that Smith was enjoying his time at the lanes for the first time in two years.

It was January 1st, 2016 when Jaylon Smith's injury in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame changed his outlook forever. In that moment, Smith went from a projected top ten pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to a LB that would need a team to take a chance on him - and be patient.

The Dallas Cowboys proved to be that team, using the 34th overall pick on the Notre Dame star and supporting his efforts to return to the field from day one. The entire Cowboys' organization was rewarded by Smith remarkably playing every game this season, inspired by his constant determination to do just that.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

So, a normal offseason for Jaylon Smith is anything but right now. Still battling the drop foot condition (one that is reportedly healing well and "fading") which limits his movement ability in the lower body, Smith is a normal Dallas Cowboys football player from this point forward.

He can say he's already defined all odds, can expect to take an even bigger stride forward in 2018, and Jaylon Smith can go bowling again. You can't help but be happy for #54.

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Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats

Mauricio Rodriguez

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2017 was a season that left the Dallas Cowboys with a ton of questions to think about. Dez Bryant's contract, Sean Lee and Tyron Smith's availability, and the future of DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving are some of those questions.

But there's another more pressing question for the Cowboys. How can they get the most out of Quarterback Dak Prescott and avoid another struggling year for him?

Also, what if he has another rough year? At what point does quarterback become a position that needs to be evaluated if he continues to struggle?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that will be the case. In fact, I have a lot of faith in Dak. I think he's shown a lot to be excited about and I definitely believe there's a "quarterback curve" in the NFL. Hopefully, #4 finds a way to get back on track in 2018.

A reason to be optimistic about Prescott's future is an impressive stat from NFL Next Gen Stats. Turns out, Dak Prescott ranked first in the NFL in "tight window throws" completion percentage with 45.8%.

According to Matt Harmon from NFL.com, a "tight window throw" is defined as a pass in which the intended receiver has less than a yard of separation from the defender.

Dak Prescott is far from a perfect quarterback and he's constantly bashed about his throwing accuracy. Just recently, he took part in a passing competition with David Carr before the NFL Honors and well... it's fair to say Carr completely beat him.

Cowboys Twitter was anything but forgiving for the young quarterback, but at the end of the day, I'm not sure a casual passing competition at an event like that one is the way you judge an NFL starting quarterback who has a 22-10 record in his career.

Dak has a long way to go before being considered an excellent quarterback in the league, but a bad season like 2017 doesn't mean it's the end of his career and that the Dallas Cowboys should start Cooper Rush over him.

It's not the first quarterback who struggles one year and he won't be the last one to bounce back from one. As of right now, Dak Prescott rightfully is the Dallas Cowboys QB1. Hopefully he has a better year next season.

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