Rico Gathers May Make Cowboys Roster on Raw Ability Alone

For the Dallas Cowboys, Rico Gathers may be the best known tight end on the team. That, however, doesn't mean anything when it comes to his chances of making the 53-man roster in 2018. It won't be easy to fill 's shoes in Dallas, and having a group of inexperienced players will certainly make the task even more difficult.

From the moment he was drafted, most in have rooted hard for the young basketball star who planned on transitioning to football. Talk about a sports fairy-tale! Of course fans want to see him succeed.

Heading into the , though, things have changed. The mostly unjustified hype surrounding Gathers has died out and hopes of him making the roster seem slim. His competition, although inexperienced, has the upper hand right now thanks to their blocking skills. For an like the Cowboys' blocking is obviously a huge deal.

I think Gathers will end up on someone's roster but I doubt he'll be wearing . If I were a man , I'd bet he'll get cut and the Cowboys' will move on from the sixth-round gamble they made in 2016.

Even still, there is hope for the 24-year old tight end in Dallas. For Rico Gathers to make the team, he needs to prove he can be a very dangerous weapon in the , specifically in the .

Rico Gathers, Rams
Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

You see, with 's departure and Witten's , the Cowboys don't seem to have a go-to guy when they're knocking on opponent's end zones. , and are a promising starting trio of wide receivers, but how intimidated will defenses will be by them inside their own 20-yard line?

Probably not much.

If you add a 6'6″ athletic tight end who can go up for the ball to the equation, things change. Rico is bigger than most defenders and could become a weapon thanks to his raw ability. Even though he still has a long way to go to become a starting TE in the NFL, he could become very effective in certain situations.

Gathers is the underdog on this . probably has his spot locked up thanks to him being the most experienced one of them all. Rookie seems to be the player with the most upside. is clearly liked by the staff.

If the Cowboys decide to carry just three tight ends, the decision will probably come down to Gathers and Jarwin.

If Rico is to win the battle, he'll have to rely on his abilities as a pass catcher. At the end of the day, will need dangerous targets in his third year in the league. It's up to Rico to prove he can be just that if he wants to make the team.

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Michael White

If the Cowboys let him go; he goes to another team and ball out and our TE’s play average then I truly believe it will start the downward slide for Garrett…I’ve been on record saying that Garrett’s offensive philosophy is unimaginative, doesn’t breed raw talent into success and he has allowed too many potential playmakers to leave…They let Marty B leave he shows out for other teams and he wins a Superbowl in the process. People also forget about Danny Amendola; played the same position as Cole Beasley..we let him go only to go out and get the same version of him later; when New England showed how he could be used..

Stephen L. Holley

TRUTH!!

Chet Horton

Rico is not a dangerous threat and he is not a good football player. He might make the roster but the better move is to cut him and keep both the FB they got from the Raiders, who is a far better threat is the passing game than Rico and can block, and keep Smith and Bo at RB. Rico is a horrible football player. We have 2 really good TE’s they just played behind Witten. Swaim has gashed defenses in regular season games and Jarwin is giving our defense fits. You guys who love Rico are blinded by your loyalty to him or you are basketball fans and can’t recognize he is just average athletically for a TE. He isn’t quick or any faster than the other TE’s. They are all in the 4.7 range. If he moves on and gets some PT he will never be as good as our other TE’s as a complete TE which is what this offense needs not a pass catching TE.

ghetto eskimo

who says we need a “complete” TE;.. get this vision of the next Jason Witten out of your heads…. we NEED A TE WHO CAN SCORE!!! That’s it. do you think Jimmy Graham/Antonio Gates are complete TE’s, they can’t even blocker a CB, but last i checked… they were an ALL PRO’s… the guy is 6’6.. the tallest CB/S in the league is 6’3!!! you don’t need a genius or a Princeton degree to know that is a WIN!!!! let him catch touchdowns.. if he doesn’t for us.. he surely will for someone else!!

Chet Horton

1) Get this idea of a pass catching TE out of your head. This is a running offense and a TE is needed to block first and catch 2nd in our offense. If we don’t run the ball A LOT we won’t make the playoffs. You need your RB’s and offensive line to smash mouths and score touchdowns.

2) We already have 2 real TE’s who can actually play football that can score more TD’s than Rico. Rico is a dud. He doesn’t isn’t even in the same league as bad college TE’s. A pass catching TE is a waste of roster space.

3) Speaking of roster space… it is a way better option to cut Rico and go short of the TE position to make room for the FB they got from Oakland and keep both Smith and Bo Scarborough. The Smith can double as an H-Back and is a way better threat in the passing game than Rico ever will be so is the FB from Oakland for that matter.

4) Everyone needs to accept and embrace that this team is a running team first. If we don’t run the ball a lot we don’t win. Pass catching TE’s who can’t block or play special teams do not fit this team and the team should not change that or make exceptions. Period end of story.

RE2

@ Chet, You just can’t stop with your foolish posts! Continue posting this foolishness and your football card will have to be revoked!!!

Chet Horton

@RE2 you are the fool if you believe Rico is anything but a waste of time. He will be cut and amount to nothing in the NFL. Swaim and Jarwin however will do very well this year. Fuck your football card bullshit. Everything thing I said about this team and Rico is spot on. Rico can’t even hold David Wells jock for god sake. I can’t wait the see the articles full of excuses, what if’s, and wait and see’s when his non football playing ass gets cut. May not be this year but he will get cut and disappear into oblivion where he belongs.

RE2

@Chet,

YOU SOUND LIKE A FOOL! PLEASE POST ON THE WASHINGTON, PHILLY, OR NY BLOG PLEASE!

Rico Gathers in a two tightend set with Blake Jarwin is going to be a BEAST of a Combination!

Chet Horton

I post on some of the idiotic articles that are published here and I comment on ignorant posts like yours and the guy I commented on before yours. I want the Dallas Cowboys to win a Super Bowl and allowing a player who can’t block to play a single down when our success depends on running the football is foolish. Also, to keep a player on your team that can only catch and doesn’t even catch or run better than the other players you have at that position is stupid. He can’t be trusted to block because he is a liability and could get your star running back who you are counting on to get you to the Super Bowl. If that’s not enough he can’t play special teams either.

Mr. Jaguar

Imo, the Cowboys should keep Rico, since the organization has put resources behind his 3 year development. It wouldn’t surprise me, if Rico makes the 53 man roster. Also, it wouldn’t surprise me, if he’s more of a gamer, than a practice player. Imo, Rico, will rebound by making plays on 3rd downs, when his number is called, during the pre-season games. Swaim, Gathers and Jarwin, with Schultz going to the practice squad. Just my two cents worth.

Nicholas Succarotte

While rico is not yet a good all around complete football player, he is a good receiving threat and a good red zone threat, hes very big, and can box any defender out and out jump almost any defender so receiving wise in certain situations he could become unstoppable. But down side is he is inexperienced and cant block worth a lick. So i think it comes down to how good are tightends do in camp and the preseason games. If we dont have a TE that can get open and make good plays down the field then we should keep him, but if 2 of the other tightends play a lot better then most think they can and will then then we can afford to cut him and keep a different player.

Russ_Te

Gotta appreciate these people who are frowning Gathers after he dominated the couple of quarters of football we’ve seen him in…

Chet Horton

You’re an idiot and completely off base on Rico and Swaim. This is all anyone needs to know about the Cowboys receiving TE’s. When you have a guy like Swain who is a very capable blocker and can run and catch like this the Cowboys will never use Rico’s one dimensional ass. He did this in games that actually matter regular season games not preseason games against guys who are fighting for 3rd string in base defenses. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XP1CbVWr7Ww

Where is Rico’s regular season game film? Oh wait… he isn’t good enough to have any. I’d say he should go back to basketball but he wasn’t very good at that either.

ghetto eskimo

I’m still trying to figure out how Blake Jarwin and Geoff Swaim wowed so many people??? And this talk of Bo Scarborough?!?!? You do realize he made it the 6th round (the same round as Rico), no one else picked him for a reason… if you want to believe that this team can only win by running the ball you have been drinking way too much Garrett Kool-Aid.. this is a PASSING LEAGUE… we can’t win by running an offense made in the 90’s!! That’s Garrett’s problem… he refuses to adjust! He doesn’t adjust at halftime, he doesn’t alter routes… he never changes!

Chet Horton

Swaim did by earning his playing time by being good in all phases of his game and answering the bell in regular season meaningful games. He has been good when he got opportunities behind Witten. Jarwin did it by beating our 1st team defense everyday of practice in all phases of the TE position and special teams. Bo Scarborough is a football player who can be a good 3rd string RB and play special teams. Rico isn’t a football player and has no hope of becoming one. This team has posted its best records and super bowl victories by running the football. We will never be a passing team and if we do we will go back to the 8-8 years. This is team is a running team first and no amount of your idiot misguided love for your pet cat Rico is going to change it. I want as many wins as possible and a super bowl victory now not by shitting in one hand and hoping in the other on players who have never played college football or a single down in the regular season. If Rico can turn it around and miraculously learn how to block well, play special teams, learn the playbook, work a lot harder than he does, and play well on game day (all things Swaim already does) then I will be happy to accept him and be happy he is a Cowboy. If you can’t help this team with everyone they are trying do on offense and special teams then you don’t belong on this team or any team for that matter and he can’t do that right now. Garret is a good coach and like it or not deserving or not it isn’t going to change and he isn’t to blame. Players are always to blame and always deserve the credit when it goes well. They are the ones who play the game and deserve all the blame and all the credit all the time.

Stephen L. Holley

Start working Armstrong at linebacker!!!!!


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