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Rico Gathers on his transition from basketball to football, why he feels he's the heir apparent to Jason Witten

Rico Gathers on his transition from basketball to football, why he feels he's the heir apparent to Jason Witten

Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers recently went on 103.3 FM ESPN Dallas' JDub City. Here are some highlights:Growing from a basketball player to a football player this past season:I went from a person that was completely oblivious of a situation to now, I feel like an animal. I feel like I have come into my own over the past year, just in my development with everything, from blocking to route running to being able to make those athletic plays that you see on Sundays. I really feel like this could be my breakout year and I feel like I could really contribute to this offense in the right...
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TE Rico Gathers Believes He Could Be The Heir Apparent To Jason Witten

The 2017 NFL Draft is approximately one month away, and the Dallas Cowboys enter it with relatively no questions on the offensive side of the ball. Some would say that Offensive Tackle is of concern, but the recent signing of OT Byron Bell should help provide depth in that area. If you get someone to […] "TE Rico Gathers Believes He Could Be The Heir Apparent To Jason Witten" appeared first on Inside The Star.         
Could the Cowboys be getting a Troy Polamalu-type DB if they draft Jabrill Peppers?

Could the Cowboys be getting a Troy Polamalu-type DB if they draft Jabrill Peppers?

When the Cowboys head to the war room to debate who to take with the 28th pick in the NFL draft, the decision won't be easy.Should they shore up the defensive line with another pass rusher, fill in one of the defections in the secondary, bolster the offensive line or look for Jason Witten's replacement?If they Cowboys choose to go the secondary route, Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers will definitely be one of the intriguing names.And according to Fox NFL analyst Charles Davis, Peppers -- who's played linebacker, cornerback and safety in his college career -- is the type of player who...
Where was Tony Romo? Jason Garrett, Jason Witten among Cowboys to chat up Steph Curry after Mavs game

Where was Tony Romo? Jason Garrett, Jason Witten among Cowboys to chat up Steph Curry after Mavs game

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still hadn't released Tony Romo before the Warriors played the Mavs in Dallas on Tuesday night.But Romo seems to have been dropped from another roster.The quarterback who's long attended Mavericks games with his teammates and coach was noticeably absent as head coach Jason Garrett, tight end Jason Witten, left guard Travis Frederick and right guard Zack Martin watched the Mavs fall to the Warriors.The crew waited after the game to chat with Warriors coach Steve Kerr and star guard Steph Curry.Witten even extended his congratulations to Curry in the middle of Curry's...
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5 plays that prove Rhett Ellison was a smart pickup by Giants

5 plays that prove Rhett Ellison was a smart pickup by Giants

There is precedent for the New York Giants picking off a team’s backup tight end who was stuck behind the obvious starter. They did it to the Dallas Cowboys, who were unwilling to unleash the full potential of Martellus Bennett while playing behind Jason Witten. Bennett became a favorite target of Eli Manning and a brilliant blocker in the run game. Related:Film Study: How Rhett Ellison fits in with the Giants Rhett Ellison was in a similar situation with the Minnesota Vikings, stuck behind Kyle Rudolph as primarily a blocking specialist. Apparently, what they saw from him was enough...
Ranking the Cowboys roster, Nos. 10-1: Who ranks higher between Tony Romo and Dak Prescott?

Ranking the Cowboys roster, Nos. 10-1: Who ranks higher between Tony Romo and Dak Prescott?

We began ranking the Cowboys' 53-man roster before the scouting combine earlier this month. The final two parts are being revealed this week.It should come as no surprise that of the Top 10, eight of the players are on offense.Here is the final group, numbers 10-1.10. Dan Bailey, KBailey remains one of the league's top kickers, converting 90 percent of his field goal attempts and all 250 of his extra-point attempts during his six-year career. He was perfect from 39 and under last season. Bailey is under contract with the Cowboys through the 2020 season.9. Jason Witten, TECould this be the...
National Fantasy Football Convention tries again - this time schedules event in Dallas

National Fantasy Football Convention tries again - this time schedules event in Dallas

The National Fantasy Football Convention has scheduled its inaugural event for the third year in a row, this time in Dallas.Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and fantasy guru Matthew Berry are the headliners of the July 14-16 fan fest, which is expected to draw Jason Witten, Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant and about 20 current and former Cowboys players in all, along with other NFL players.If the event is actually allowed to go on, that is. Organizers have blamed NFL interference for the cancellation of the 2015 event in Las Vegas and 2016 event in Pasadena, Calif., leading to taking the issue to...
Blogging The Boys Mar 14, 2017
With Wide Receiver Position Covered, Will Cowboys Look To Improve At Tight End In Draft?

With Wide Receiver Position Covered, Will Cowboys Look To Improve At Tight End In Draft?

Looking ahead to the draft, the Cowboys could be in the market for a Jason Witten successor. Jason Witten is 34, and in the last year of his contract. His cap hit is $12.2 million, with $4.82 million of it in restructured bonus because his contract was renegotiated year after year to release cap money. He still plays essentially every down, but is no longer an elite tight end. Football Outsiders ranked him 29th in both DYAR and DVOA last year. DYAR means a tight end with more total value. DVOA means a tight end with more value per play. If Witten wants to keep playing, the Cowboys are...
WR additions for Giants and Eagles not good news for Cowboys; exiting FA Dallas will miss most

WR additions for Giants and Eagles not good news for Cowboys; exiting FA Dallas will miss most

Jon Machota, Cowboys beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team during a live chat Friday. Who do you think has the worst contract on the Cowboys right now (aside from Romo)? Jon Machota: Their highest-paid players are Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, Tyrone Crawford, Jason Witten and Sean Lee. Of that group, Crawford has the most to prove. He's battled shoulder injuries the last two seasons and he's been moved around a lot from DE to DT. If he can stay healthy and they can settle on one position, Crawford could be a big boost...
Inside The Star Mar 10, 2017
Cowboys Draft Target: Michigan TE Jake Butt May Fall Into Dallas' Lap ⋆

Cowboys Draft Target: Michigan TE Jake Butt May Fall Into Dallas' Lap ⋆

Michigan Wolverine's tight end Jake Butt's knee injury could make him fall to the Dallas Cowboys in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Dallas Cowboys pick TE with 'incredible ceiling' in national writer's post-combine mock draft

Dallas Cowboys pick TE with 'incredible ceiling' in national writer's post-combine mock draft

Longtime Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has already erased any doubt about his playing status for 2017 -- he will be back. But beyond 2017? Even he isn't so sure.Without Witten, who turns 35 in May, Dallas is thin at tight end. Former second-round pick Gavin Escobar, who has underwhelmed in four seasons with the Cowboys, is a free agent. James Hanna didn't play a single snap in 2016 (knee) and Geoff Swaim, who emerged as an effective blocker as a second-year player, had his 2016 cut short by a torn pectoral muscle. And then there's Rico Gathers, the former Baylor basketball...
Michigan TE Jake Butt, 2016 Mackey Award winner, has made a habit of studying Cowboys' Jason Witten

Michigan TE Jake Butt, 2016 Mackey Award winner, has made a habit of studying Cowboys' Jason Witten

Jason Witten is taking his career one season at a time. He'll play for the Cowboys in 2017, but beyond that there are no guarantees.Without Witten, the Cowboys are thin at tight end. Dallas has met with the top two tight ends, Alabama's O.J. Howard and Miami's David Njoku. Both are projected to go in the top 30 picks.If the Cowboys aren't interested in investing their first-round pick, they could choose a player like Michigan's Jake Butt in the middle rounds.Entering his senior year, some thought Butt would be a first-round pick. However, he suffered a knee injury in his final game, had...

Rico Gathers making progress, possible Witten successor

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is in the final year of his contract. The Cowboys might consider a contract extension for him if wants to continue his career beyond …
Cowboys TEs: Rico Gathers making progress; Could Jason Witten sign fourth contract?

Cowboys TEs: Rico Gathers making progress; Could Jason Witten sign fourth contract?

INDIANAPOLIS -- What is the Cowboys' future at the tight end position?Jason Witten, 34, can't play forever. Gavin Escobar hasn't been a good fit for the Cowboys' run-first offense. Geoff Swaim showed some upside early in the year before getting hurt. Rico Gathers has all the measurables but is probably still a year away.Updates on Witten and Gathers have been provided during this week's scouting combine.Witten's plan is to take it one year at a time. He has recently declined any guarantees beyond the upcoming season.Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones was asked Tuesday about the...
Tony Romo is coaching up his kids and they make a cute QB and WR combo

Tony Romo is coaching up his kids and they make a cute QB and WR combo

Much like Jason Witten before him, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo decided to expand his horizons and give Instagram a try this offseason. And if his first post is any indication, he's going to be pretty good at the new social media platform.Romo posted a video of him teaching his sons Hawkins and Rivers to be a quarterback and receiver duo. They both need a little work, and even though the episode ends in tears it is pretty cute.Romo and his wife Candice are expecting a third son on Sept. 1 so it looks like they may have a running back to add to this offense very soon.

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