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WATCH: Rico Gathers Shows Off During Drills In Instagram Video

RJ Ochoa

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Rico Gathers

The 2016 Dallas Cowboys Rookie Class was one for the ages, and even though we’re just days away from the 2017 NFL Draft it may not be done contributing just yet. One of 2016’s 6th Round picks is making headlines – No, not Anthony Brown and his tattoo! – as he prepares to give the Cowboys what they need. Rico Gathers is putting in work to become the next Jason Witten.

All the extra dedication gon pay off. Sharpening that knife everyday. #CuTTwork #whowantit #cowboys @d.robalwaysopen

1,000 Likes, 39 Comments – Rico Gathers Sr. (@ricogatherssr) on Instagram: “All the extra dedication gon pay off. Sharpening that knife everyday. #CuTTwork #whowantit…”

The Cowboys have a sneakily terrifying amount of depth at Tight End as they enter the 2017 season. Sure there’s the freshly re-signed and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Jason Witten, but after that there’s not a whole lot that you can really bank on.

There’s Geoff Swaim, who was injured last season during the win in Pittsburgh, and last year’s contract recipient James Hanna, who was injured before the season ever began. That’s it. Those signs would point to two potential options for the Dallas Cowboys in terms of depth.

The 2017 NFL Draft

The Cowboys could be targeting a middle-to-late-round tight end to add to their corps this season. Everyone knows the big names like OJ Howard and David Njoku, but perhaps Adam Shaheen is one that could be the next to wear the Star.

It is worth noting as we prepare for the NFL Draft that the Dallas Cowboys have drafted a Tight End in four out of the last five yearsJames Hanna (2012 6th Round), Gavin Escobar (2013 2nd Round), Geoff Swaim (2015 7th Round), and Rico Gathers (2016 6th Round).

Rico Gathers

The alternative option to acquiring more talent in this year’s Draft is of course to roll with last year’s final selection, Rico Gathers. If Gathers can demonstrate the form shown in this Instagram video on a regular basis, then the Cowboys may be able to use their Draft capital on other needs.

It’s well-known how basketball players have translated to the football field. Rico Gathers certainly has the physical traits and the athleticism, now it’s a matter of finding out whether or not he can put the entire package together.

Tell us what you think about “WATCH: Rico Gathers Shows Off During Drills In Instagram Video” in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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4 Comments
  • Russ_Te

    Gathers is listed at 6′ 6′ / 273 lbs, but it might be 6′ 7″

    You can see the size and agility. That’s what will carry the day for him if he makes the transition to pro football. 40-yard dash: 4.75 seconds

    So as I mentioned in another article the goal here is not a stretch-the-field TE, but a bruiser like an Eric Green or Mark Bavaro. Except Gathers will be more agile than they were. If he gets over all of the learning hurdles, we may get a starter who is hard to cover and then hard to tackle.

    He has to be able to run the routes well, make the catch on different balls coming at him, take a shot and hold on. And block, mostly run block. People forget how good Witten is as a blocker.

    • John Williams

      Blocking is going to be his key to seeing the field. My hope is that he has put in the work over the last year to improve as a blocker. Hard to become Jason Witten, and those shouldn’t be the expecations, but if he can become a serviceable blocker, then the rest will follow.

  • dallas1966

    The next Jason Witten, take it to the bank!!

  • John Williams

    To me it is certainly worth finding out. If we bring in another tight end that is going to take further opportunities away from Rico to develop in the offseason program and during preseason games. I’m good with giving this guy a chance and if he isn’t able to make significant improvement, target a TE next year. All that is if OJ Howard doesn’t fall to the Boys at 28.

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

After hiring Paul Alexander to fill their vacant OL coaching position, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing to retool their offensive staff below Scott Linehan. Sanjay Lal has been hired to coach the Cowboys’ wide receivers, replacing Derek Dooley.

Lal has experience as a WR coach with four different teams, dating back to 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. He was promoted up to this position after serving as the Raiders’ quality control coach from 2007-08.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys have reached an agreement with Sanjay Lal to become the team’s WR coach. Lal was with Indianapolis last season and replaces Derek Dooley on the staff.

Most recently, Sanjay Lal coached the receivers for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He has also been with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

In this interview with the Colts, Lal mentions being very detail-oriented with a focus on the technical aspects of playing receiver.

Lal beats out former Cowboys WR Miles Austin for this position, earning the right to lead a room of receivers in desperate need of fresh talent. In an offseason that’s been about finding fresh ideas with the coaching staff so far though, the Cowboys have a new voice on offense.

Tell us what you think about “Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

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Matt Eberflus, Sean Lee

Multiple sources are reporting Matt Eberflus — who has been the linebackers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys — will leave to join the Indianapolis Colts as the new defensive coordinator. Eberflus has been with Dallas since 2011, having joined Rob Ryan’s staff when Ryan become the coordinator for the Cowboys’ defense.

He has been the linebackers coach during his entire Dallas tenure and was also named passing game coordinator in 2016.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

With Josh McDaniels ticketed for the #Colts, former #Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus is expected to come along as defensive coordinator, I’m told. Lot of parts falling in place now.

If not the Colts, some thought Matt Eberflus might end up replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Either way, it does not appear Dallas could have kept him around while Rod Marinelli remains in his current position.

Eberflus’ work in Dallas speaks for itself, and primarily through LB Sean Lee.

He has been Lee’s position coach for all but his rookie season, and in that time Lee has been one of the top defensive players in all of football.

Beyond Lee, Eberflus has also been able to get quality play out of mid-round picks like Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson. We also saw Jaylon Smith make significant progress this season.

Given Matt Eberflus has never worked with Josh McDaniels before, the fact he was on the Colts’ radar says a lot.

Make no mistake; the Cowboys lost a good one here.

Don’t panic, however. Coach Marinelli has cast a very wide net during his time in the NFL and there are a lot of potential guys, some with plenty of experience, that Dallas might look to.

It’s entirely possible that Eberflus’ replacement will be someone who Marinelli spends 2018 grooming to take over as the defensive coordinator.

Still, of all the coaching changes so far for Dallas, this one hurts most.

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Thus far the 2018 offseason has brought a plethora of change to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Now it is being reported the Cowboys have hired a brand new offensive line coach, former Cincinnati Bengals’ Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Source tells @sportingnews that Paul Alexander hired as new @dallascowboys offensive line coach

Alexander coached with the Bengals for over 20 years, and replaces the same man in Dallas who replaces him in Cincinnati, Frank Pollack. Alexander has also been the Bengals assistant head coach since 2003.

The Cowboys recently lost an assistant head coach when Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia left for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.

Per usual, the hire has been met with mixed reactions from Cowboys Nation.

Joey Ickes on Twitter

Since 2003, CIN has had only one season where they finished top-10 in Yards per attempt on the ground… They’ve been bottom-5 in the league 5 times in that span… That’s the OL Coach DAL just hired.

The hiring of an offensive line coach who’s rushing attack finished bottom five in the league in rushing yards per attempt five times since 2003 doesn’t look too great on paper. He will also teach with different techniques and styles than previous Cowboys OL coaches, which could potentially set back the offensive line early in the season.

Plus, respected Bengals’ writer Joe Goodberry did not exactly love the hire for the Cowboys.

Goodberry on Twitter

Pretty bad https://t.co/fysjZqCQ6l

Regardless, this is still a very talented offensive line and one which should lead an effective ground attack based on their talent alone. 2017 proved further that coaching matters a lot in the NFL however, and the wrong hire could set back even the most talented of units.

We will just have to wait and see how this 2018 season ends up playing out.

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