The sixth round pick in 2016 has yet to play a regular season snap. He spent his rookie season on the practice squad and then all of 2017 on injured reserve. After his 2017 preseason, the fan base was excited to see what kind role Rico would have after Gathers had 7 receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns during the preseason.
Of course, that was never able to sort itself out because Gathers spent the season recovering from a concussion and an undisclosed head injury. He did return to team meetings in November after being away from the team for over two months.
Gathers has been very vocal with his plans going into his third NFL season. He plans to be the next best tight end.
“Facts is facts, Gathers said on Instagram. It’s only the beginning. Truth is I’m Ready for more. Been ready for more. The dilemma of me not being ready is over. I got a piece of it last year and it felt so good doing it, y’all will never understand that feeling. It was like the most epic scene of movie before the power goes out in ya house for a few hours and you forget all about what you was watching. I watched those two games the other day and I told myself “Ima be the next best tight end in this league” and I believe that with all my heart. lol y’all continue to hate while I continue to shine I love y’all, y’all make me better. God Knows my heart and that’s all that counts to me.”
Gathers is obviously very athletic and there have been many guys that have made the basketball to football transition. It remains to be seen if Gathers can be next, but the first step is to get on the field. Also, there is a legend Jason Witten in front of him.
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