- Height / Weight
- 6'8" / 275 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- January 7, 1994 (24)
- 1st Season
- 2016 / Rd. 6 / Pk. 217 (DAL)
Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers is being left off some 53-man roster predictions. Even with Jason Witten retired and a seemingly open path to playing time, it looks like Gathers will need another excellent preseason performance just to crack the final roster. He became a fantasy darling after catching seven passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns last preseason, but missed the entire regular season due to a severe concussion. Even with that pass-catching potential still there, the Cowboys mostly used Gathers as a blocker in organized team activities.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers reportedly "didn't get many chances" to catch passes during organized team activities. Gathers worked mostly as a blocking tight end, and it seemed like the team had him focusing on that aspect of tight end play instead of as a more fantasy-relevant pass-catching tight end. Gathers has been a deep sleeper for a while now, and the buzz got even louder after Jason Witten retired. At least for now, it seems like the Gathers hype train might need to slow down a bit.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers is reportedly weighing 282 pounds, up from the 265 pounds he clocked in at last season. Gathers commented, "I was going for more trying to be quicker, trying to be faster, but that hurt me in the blocking game a lot where I felt like I was just a body, just a body catching a blow." The Cowboys tight end depth chart is wide open since Jason Witten retired, and Gathers will be one of the players competing for a role on offense. Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin, and Dalton Schultz are the other tight ends who will be vying for playing time.