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TE Rico Gathers - Dallas Cowboys

6-8, 275Born: 1-7-1994College: BaylorDrafted: Round 6

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Jason Witten's retirement leaves the Cowboys with questions at tight end for the first time in 15 years. No one is guaranteed playing time, and the team will no doubt given everyone on the roster an opportunity in the preseason. Veterans Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin aren't dynamic receivers but can block, and rookie Dalton Schultz will try to keep the string of successful Stanford Cardinals alive. None of these players have breakout potential or high ceilings, but Rico Gathers does. The 6'8", 275-pounder had never caught a pass in a regular season game but was dominating early in the 2017 preseason before a severe concussion ended his season. Gathers didn't play college football, but Dallas took a chance on him because of his size and rare athleticism. The team hoped they had the next Antonio Gates in a basketball-player-turned-dominant receiver. Gathers is the ultimate question mark, but a strong preseason will vault his average draft position into the Top 20 at the position. (May 20)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 32, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 35
TE Redraft PPR - 31, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29, 32, 32, 34
TE Dynasty - 33, 24, 25, 25, 29, 33, 33, 43, 45, 50

Stats and Projections

2018 PROJ-Dodds 14.5 16.0 * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 16.0 16.0 * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 16.0 24.0 * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 15.9 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall-PPR: 296
TE-PPR: 37

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Latest News

Cowboys | Rico Gathers not seeing much work (Fri Jun 15, 02:00 PM) - Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers 'didn't get many chances to catch the ball in practice' during OTAs, according to The Dallas Morning News' Kate Hairopoulos, who added 'it remains to be seen if the coaches believe he's absorbed the all-around duties of the position.'

Our View: Gathers has the most hype around him of the TEs leftover in Dallas with Jason Witten retiring. He's got the hype because of his size (6'8" 275 pounds) and skill set as a former basketball player. Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin and rookie Dalton Schultz are competing to replace Witten as the Cowboys top tight end.
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