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WATCH: Rico Gathers Shows Off During Drills In Instagram Video

RJ Ochoa

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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.

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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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Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson Benefits Most From Terrance Williams Issue

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Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson Benefits Most From Terrance Williams Issue

The fallout from Cowboys Receiver Terrance Williams' arrest yesterday remains to be seen. Whether or not it costs him a roster spot is hard to say, but a suspension is likely. Whatever the case, veteran Deonte Thompson stands to be the biggest beneficiary of Terrance's issues.

Signed last March to a minimal one-year, $1.8 million contract, Thompson is a 29-year-old late bloomer who only last season got some notice in Buffalo. Given the limitations of the Bills' passing game with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, Dallas clearly hopes that Deonte could do more with a more traditional offense and passer.

The Cowboys acquisition of Thompson was quickly overshadowed after they picked up Allen Hurns just a few weeks later. Deonte was actually signed just a couple of days after Hurns' release from Jacksonville, so it's fair to question if Dallas would have even signed him if they'd already picked up Hurns.

Even with Dez Bryant's release, the depth chart still didn't look good for Thompson. He was clearly behind Hurns and Cole Beasley and was likely battling with Terrance Williams for targets. Once the team drafted Michael Gallup in the third round, things looked even worse for the veteran.

Deonte Thompson

Dallas Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson

But now, if Williams is going to miss time or be gone completely, Deonte Thompson could find himself with a big role to start the year.

While Gallup is exciting, he's also a rookie. Thompson has been a starter the last few years and played in a few different systems. Dallas may lean on his experience early if Terrance is gone either temporarily or permanently.

One reason the Cowboys brought Deonte in was for speed, and that value doesn't change regardless of who else is on the roster. Essentially, Thompson is the new Brice Butler; intriguing qualities but just no consistent production at other stops.

If Deonte can do more with what Dallas throws him than Butler did, he might carve out a steady role. Brice always seemed to follow up his big plays with blunders, never gaining any real momentum during his time as a Cowboy.

Before Williams' arrest, there was a legitimate question as to whether or not Thompson would even make the 2018 roster. If younger prospects like Noah Brown and Lance Lenoir made noise, perhaps Dallas would've just let the 29-year-old walk.

But with Terrance's availability now the big question, Thompson's experience becomes vastly more important. It could mean a big early role in 2018.

Depending on what he does with his opportunity, Deonte Thompson could've gone from an offseason afterthought to a major part of the team's success.


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Is Terrance Williams Roster Spot Safe with Dallas Cowboys?

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Is Terrance Williams Roster Spot Safe with Dallas Cowboys?

This will hardly be the last article written about the wide receivers of the Dallas Cowboys entering the 2018 season. However, we can only hope it's the last off-field incident that will factor into the difficult decisions the Cowboys will make on their final depth chart at WR. Yesterday, veteran Wide Receiver Terrance Williams was arrested for public intoxication after leaving the scene of a crash involving his Lamborghini.

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams released a statement on his recent arrest detailing several facets of the incident: "I have always been an upstanding citizen and handled the situation the best way I know how.

Details concerning the severity of the incidents that led to Williams arrest remain somewhat unclear. His on-field production certainly has not been though, putting himself in an expendable position by failing to catch a touchdown in 2017 and only going for over 100 yards once.

Handling this Terrance Williams situation in whatever the "right way" is will be yet another critical decision the Cowboys make under Head Coach Jason Garrett. A team that has clearly valued continuity under Garrett, there is precedent for the Cowboys keeping a now-troubled player like Williams if the void he'd leave behind is too large.

It is widely believed that this is a Cowboys coaching staff working to keep their jobs in 2018. Losing Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and Terrance Williams in one offseason may very well be too much.

Already dealing with a broken foot that expects to keep Terrance Williams out of football activities until training camp though, it is becoming increasingly easier for Williams to become forgotten about in new WR Coach Sanjay Lal's room.

New additions to this unit include FA signings Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, along with rookies Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson. Joined by the likes of KD Cannon, Lance Lenoir, and Malik Earl, all of these receivers are going to stake their claims for a spot on the Dallas Cowboys before Williams even catches another pass from Dak Prescott.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Once perceived to be fighting for positions below Hurns, Williams, and Cole Beasley as locks on the final 53 man roster, Williams' arrest is the epitome of "next man up" in Dallas. Even if Williams remains with the team in 2018 - as cutting him would only make moral sense for the Cowboys, not financial - his days as a starting receiver may very well be numbered.

As mentioned, this won't be the first look we have at the status of the Cowboys receivers. I'm already on record having high expectations for Michael Gallup, and believe Cedrick Wilson was one of the steals of the draft for the Cowboys in the sixth round. The unproven nature of this pass catching unit (through to TE with rookie Dalton Schultz) is going to make for fascinating training camp battles, competing for spots in an offense that could still be one of the league's best.

Tell us what you think about "Is Terrance Williams Roster Spot Safe with Dallas Cowboys?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Terrance Williams Arrest: Salary Cap Impact if Released

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The news of Cowboys Wide Receiver Terrance Williams' arrest yesterday sent a shockwave through an otherwise quiet mid-May news cycle. Many fans are wondering what the team might do, and what effect the decision could have on Dallas' salary cap.

Unfortunately, moving on from Terrance won't bring the team any cap relief. But given their current cap space and where we are in the offseason, the Cowboys should have the freedom to cut the receiver if they choose to.

Depending on who you ask (OverTheCap, Spotrac), the Cowboys have somewhere between $5-$9 million in current cap room. If they release Williams before June 1st, his cap hit accelerates from $4.75 million to $7.25 million in dead money. That means he counts $2.5 million more off the team than on it.

If Terrance is cut on June 1st on later, the 2018 dead money is $4.75 million for a net-zero wash. That extra $2.5 million counts against 2019.

While that may sound cost-prohibitive on the surface, you have to remember where we are in the offseason.  May is very different from March when you're talking about cap space.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Free agency is essentially over. The Cowboys don't need to worry too much about their 2018 cap room at this point, so they can absorb Williams' dead money if they want to cut him loose.

Helping matters should be the eventual new contracts for Guard Zack Martin and Defense End DeMarcus Lawrence.

Martin's 2018 cap hit is currently around $9 million. Once he signs his new long-term deal, which is almost sure to come before training camp, that number should go down significantly. Dallas can do an immediate Year One restructure and potentially create around $6 million in cap space.

That alone would facilitate cutting Terrance Williams, but then they also have the hopeful new deal for Lawrence. The $17 million that Lawrence currently counts as a franchised player will go way down with a long-term contract. If Dallas can get that done, they may not have to touch Martin's deal.

The point here is that while cutting Williams is not a financially beneficial move, the money shouldn't stop the Cowboys if they don't want him around anymore.

If Terrance has proven anything during his five years in Dallas, it's that he doesn't have the talent to step into a primary role. With new arrival Allen Hurns and Cole Beasley both showing they can produce at a high level at times, plus exciting rookie Michael Gallup now in the mix, the Cowboys' season hardly relies on Williams' presence.

Of course, the Cowboys have a history of sticking by their guys during times of personal problems. Josh Brent did way worse than Terrance and remained supported by the organization.

But each situation and player are different, and the coaches may have already soured on Williams after a lackluster 2017. They may have only kept him because of those cap numbers we discussed before.

Terrance's latest dropped ball may have been the final straw, though. If so, the salary cap shouldn't stop Dallas from cutting him.


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