4 Dallas Cowboys you’ve already forgotten about

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01: Byron Marshall /

Here are four Dallas Cowboys players you’ve likely forgotten all about who could have an impact on the upcoming season or beyond.

The Dallas Cowboys are the most popular team in the NFL and have been for years. If you don’t believe me, check the television ratings for their games. Or you can also count the number of blue and white jerseys in the crowd at away games. Their called America’s Team for a reason.

And, as a result, the Cowboys’ players have become household names. Even some of the backups! Honestly, how many offensive lineman can you name outside of the Cowboys? Probably not too many. The point being, it’s hard to forget a player if they wear the Star.

But the saying “out of sight, out of mind” is certainly true. Here are four names even Cowboy fans might have forgotten that could end up having an impact in Dallas next season … or beyond.

Charles Tapper, Defensive End

The former Oklahoma defender may go down in history only as the player selected before quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The fact is, Tapper’s time in Dallas has been forgettable because of injury. It’s been a tough two seasons for Tapper, who possess a wicked first step. Unfortunately, he’s had some bad luck during his short NFL career. But Tapper has the athletic ability to make a difference.

Randy Gregory, Defensive End

The story of Randy Gregory in Dallas is a tragic one. But it is all to common in the story of life. Drug addition has robbed the former second round selection of a promising NFL career. Instead, Gregory was suspended all of last season and has not yet applied for reinstatement. It is unclear whether the 24-year old will ever play in the NFL again. But the kid has all the physical tools to be special.

Duke Thomas, Cornerback

Among the Cowboys young defensive backs last season, Duke Thomas shined the brightest during the preseason. Unfortunately, he suffered a season-ending foot injury before he had a chance to really prove himself worthy of a role on the active roster. Most fans have likely long forgotten Thomas, but we expect you’ll see more flashes of his potential this offseason.

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Rico Gathers, Tight End

Let’s face it. No one will let you forget the name of Rico Gathers. The excitement surrounding the former Baylor basketball star was at an all-time high in the preseason when he scored two touchdowns in those exhibitions. But a head injury landed him on Injured Reserve prior to the start of the regular season and he never returned. If you somehow forgot about Gathers, get ready for a reminder. This young tight end should be a major talking point for fans this offseason.