With so much uncertainty revolving the tight end position for the Cowboys, Rico Gathers is aware that now is the time to step up.
The Baylor Bears men’s basketball all-time leading rebounder is entering his third year with the Cowboys and the reality of the situation appears to be clearer than ever.
“When Jason Witten decided that he was going to retire that was like the light bulb in my head saying ‘hey your time is here, it’s right in front of you and you gotta go out there and you gotta take it,” said Gathers.
The Cowboys recognize that filling the void Witten left is not a simple task. The versatility that is expected for the role requires Gathers to be much more that just a pass-catcher and with the additions of Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz to the depth chart, Gathers may be running out of time to prove his value on the roster.
— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) July 10, 2018
One of the strategies the 24-year-old is taking on this year is working out with wide receiver skills coach David Robinson, who Gathers feels is preparing him well.
“Really just redefining my route running,” said Gathers when asked how he’s benefiting from training with Robinson. “Really focusing on the key aspects of it: Dropping low at the top of my routes, getting out, using my arms to sprint out of breaks. He’s always been good for me especially heading into training camp.”
Arguably the biggest concern with Gathers has been his ability to block on the line.
“I feel like I’ve gotten a whole lot better over the course of OTAs and mini camp with the blocking assignments they’ve let me rep out in practice,” said Gathers. “Really, just understanding what they truly want. I never felt like I was a horrific blocker in the first place, I just think I do it a little differently than what they’re used to.”
Geoff Swaim included, the Cowboys currently have four tightends on the roster, but the likelihood of that number decreasing becomes more realistic by the week. While it remains unclear what the Cowboys plan to do with the starting tightend position, Gathers has made it known that he is ready to play this season, whether it be for the Cowboys or another team, although leaving the Cowboys is not an option he is necessarily exploring at the moment.
“I really feel like with the right opportunity and with the right belief in me, I believe I can showcase what God has blessed me to do— and that’s really to go out there and use my size and athleticism and go out there and execute when my opportunities come.”
2020 NFL Draft Recap
It was almost too good to be true. That was the sentiments echoing around...
Go back and look at any creditable mock draft and try to find one...
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN.com – Xavier McKinney, S School: Alabama | Year: Junior “McKinney called...
COVID-19 Latest News and Information
- Two key areas of inconsistency show as Mavs squander late lead over Nuggets
- Texas Rangers Fanatic Podcast Episode 20: Hip Hip Hooray with Jose Trevino
- Photos: Stars vs Predators – Jan. 25th, 2021
- Mavericks still searching for any bit of consistency as they host the Nuggets
- Stars Win Second in a Row Against the Predators
- Problems arise in Mavericks worst loss of the season to the Rockets
- Mavericks look to extend winning streak against the Rockets
- Luka and the Mavs make it happen when it counts in win over the Spurs
- How will the Rangers handle attendance in 2021 with Spring Training and the season approaching?
- Mavericks’ rookie Josh Green embraces the ‘dirty work’