All of you Rico fans... take note
Jean-Jacques Taylor, Cowboys insider for NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS-TV) and host of J Dub City from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays on 103.3 KESN-FM, answered questions during a live chat recently about the Dallas Cowboys. Here are some of the highlights.
Question: What has been the most surprising story or development you've seen at training camp?
JJT: I've been pretty surprised by how sluggish Rico Gathers looks. He looks slow and lumbering compared to the other tight ends. He doesn't look nearly as fluid. I'd say he's going to have a tough time making the team. Anything you talk about the tight ends with folks in the front office, his name is almost always the fourth out of their mouth. That's not a positive.
Question: Is it too early to say this is the Dallas Cowboy's best offensive line of the last decade?
JJT: Absolutely, it's too early. Three of these guys have quite a few accolades stacked up next to their name. La'El Collins is trying to improve from a solid year at right tackle and Connor Williams has gotta prove he can play at this level. There's so much to be proved. Do they have potential? Absolutely, but those other outstanding lines did it on the field. This one must do it.
Question: What role will Tavon Austin have in the offense this season?
JJT: He's going to be a play-maker, they hope. They want to give him some carries and let him catch the ball in space and hope like heck that he can create some big plays. He has tremendous speed and quickness, but he's never been able to get it untracked in the NFL. Maybe, this is the year. Clearly, he's going to be a hybrid player. If he had 800 rushing and receiving and 5 TDS, it would be a good season.
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