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Experiment Over; Cowboys Waive TE Rico Gathers


OXNARD, Calif. - The Cowboys have apparently seen enough of the Rico Gathers experiment, deciding to cut the tight end on Monday here at training camp.

Gathers was entering his fourth camp with the team, and had seemingly improved every year, going from the practice squad in 2016-17 to the active roster last year in 2018, when he played 15 games, including four starts.

But here at camp, Gathers hadn't made a big impact, and also suffered a minor ankle injury that kept him out a few days.

Gathers, the sixth-round pick in 2016, tried to make the transition from a college basketball star at Baylor to the NFL. He hadn't played organized football since junior high before he joined the Cowboys in 2016.

Last year, he caught three passes for 45 yards but was used more as a blocker.

Currently, the Cowboys have Jason Witten, Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz as the three tight ends expected to make the team, along with Codey McElroy on the roster.

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