Unlikely Dallas playmaker believes he’s going to be the next great Cowboy Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: Rico Gathers #80 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown against Folarin Grigsby #56 of the Los Angeles Rams during the third quarter of the preseason game between the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

When you’re playing behind future Hall of Famer Jason Witten, shooting for the stars is almost a requirement.

That’s what tight end Rico Gathers plans to do after spending his rookie season on the practice squad and his sophomore campaign on injured reserve.

With only two preseason games under his belt (three catches for 59 yards and one touchdown; and four receptions for 47 yards and one score), Gathers spoke on getting a “piece of it last year” and how he’s ready for more before he becomes the “next best tight end in this league.”

“Facts is facts. 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. #Blessed #HumbleandHungry #LemmeEat#IWantTheWholePieThisTime #NewSZNSameRZN #killeverything

Gathers was a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

At just 24 years old, he’s a 6’8″, 275-pound tight end with a basketball background at Baylor.

He’s still developing his route skills and blocking, but his athleticism makes him a true weapon in Dak Prescott’s Cowboys offense.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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