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Cowboys’ Rico Gathers Continues To Impress

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The Dallas Cowboys have had an exciting element to their training camp and it has been the emergence of tight end Rico Gathers.

Gathers, 26, is turning heads not only in practice but in the preseason as well notching seven catches for 106 yards in two games so far.

“It’s taking what I’ve learned in practice and what I learned over the course of the year and just using that to get better in these games,” Gathers said about his impressive camp.

Gathers is making an impression on Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan as well.

“Rico’s got some really good possibilities for a matchup player,” Linehan said, via ESPN.

“We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves. He’s two games into preseason. He’s got in the end zone twice, so that’s a good sign. So, yeah, I think he’s going to be somebody that can develop into a guy that can be matchup for us. He is a huge human being and he has good catch radius, so that’s a positive.”

Gathers seems likely to end up on the 53-man roster but he is currently involved in a logjam at the tight end position as Dallas has the likes of Jason Witten, James Hanna and Geoff Swain on the roster as well.

Dallas tight ends coach Steve Loney made some observations about Gathers’ strong performance but also mentioned that he still has a ways to go in his development.

“I told him as a coach one of the most important traits of a player is consistency, because then as you develop a game plan and develop what a player can and can’t do; if a player is consistent, then you know what is strengths and what his weaknesses are,” Loney said about Gathers.

“But if he’s not consistent, which for a young player, that’s one of the biggest things to overcome. … Once he gains that consistency, that will be more impressive to me. I’ve known for a long time that he’s capable of the flash plays. Now I’ve got to get him to where every snap is as impressive.”

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Cowboys Release Taco Charlton

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The Dallas Cowboys have released pass rusher Taco Charlton after failing to find a suitable trade, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

Charlton never lived up to his lofty draft selection, when the Cowboys utilized a 1st round pick a few years ago.

With the return of defensive end Robert Quin from suspension, Charlton no longer had a place on the roster.

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Cowboys to Release Taco Charlton if No Trade is Made

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Should the Dallas Cowboys fail to find a suitable deal for pass rusher Taco Charlton, they plan to release him, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater.

Charlton, a former first round draft pick, has been a major disappointment during his short career, and with the return of defensive end Robert Quinn from a two-game ban, there is no more room for Charlton on the roster.

Charlton, 24, has battled injuries during his career, and has been hit with the injury bug this past offseason.

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Cowboys Release Rolando McClain

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The Dallas Cowboys released linebacker Rolando McClain, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Calvin Watkins.

McClain, who was recently granted conditional reinstatement into the NFL, has stated his desire to continue his playing career.

McClain, 30, hasn’t played since the 2015 season.

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