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Cowboys T.J. Vasher talks being a tall receiver, playing at Rider

Vasher said he doesn’t hear the critiques of Dak Prescott, but is always confident in his quarterback.

Cowboys wide receiver T.J. Vasher joined an episode of The K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] last week to talk about being a tall receiver, North Texas ties and confidence in Dak Prescott. Here’s what he had to say.

Answers have been edited for length and clarity.

You had catch of the week, or catch of training camp so far with the one-handed grab in the end zone. have you lived off that one or are you like, “alright, I gotta go get another one?”

Vasher: “Yeah, I probably enjoyed it after I had see it after practice on the media. But my deal was to let that be where it was on that day and hopefully try to make something new happen each day.”

Is there anybody taller than you on the field?

Vasher: “I’m not sure. Standing like to Terrence (Steele), I feel like Terrence might be a little bit taller. I feel like in the wide receiver group I know I’m the tallest, but on the team, I feel like there may be a couple.”

I know all the benefits of being tall as a wide receiver, obviously going up and getting the ball. What is maybe a disadvantage that you found in your career of being the tallest wide receiver on the the field, or a very tall receiver?

Vasher: “Usually with me being taller, most of the time going up against smaller DB, there’s just a lot more of my body to be grabbed on to. Just being impeded inside the route. Different things like catching the ball at the catch pint and trying to bring it back in. DBs are taught o play in between. My arms being so long, they have a lot of room to get in between there.”

I was hoping you could take us back in why the decision to play college football as opposed to a basketball-only offer, because I know you had those too.

Vasher: “Coming out, I was recruited in both. I don’t think I really had a singular basketball offer. I think most of them were all dual sport. But the decision came just because I simply couldn’t fathom giving up football. If there was one sport that I see myself daily grinding out to, football was that sport for me. I had enjoyed it since I was a kid, just getting on YouTube and watching football stuff. I could be fine all day long. Playing in the atmosphere of football, I feel like it’s just incomparable. Basketball was always fun, it kind of came natural to me. I had fun with it. But football was one of the things that I felt like, if I let go, I would truly miss it.”

Who’s a basketball player you’re in love with? Who is your favorite guy?

Vasher: “Oh, Lebron (James). That’s been my guy since the longest time.”

Can you change to Luka (Doncic)’s airway if you’re on the Dallas Cowboys?

Vasher: “I respect Luka’s game to the fullest. Sometimes I think it’s easy to forget that he’s as young as he is, playing at the highest level. Luka is that guy.”

When we announced that you were going to be on, and I’m presuming this person is from the area, they wanted to know how Rider helped you grow in football.

Vasher: “Coming into high school, because we had the choice program back home, it was between Rider and Wichita Falls High School, and there were just things about Rider. When it came to, the kids that were putting out, academically how things were going, it was just the best move for me to go forward. And then the people that were all there. The coaches, teachers and things like that. I felt like they were all put in the best position for us to succeed and help us grow at that time.”

When it comes to what we’re watching out here, we know the Cowboys like you because they’re working with you on special teams. Talk about trying to show qualities on special teams here with the Dallas Cowboys.

Vasher: “At Tech I played kickoff some, especially with it being one of those things that start the game off as real high energy. But for most guys, especially me coming in undrafted, and trying to make a name for yourself, aside from offense being what you want to do, getting those reps on special teams is just as important because that’s probably where you’re gonna get your niche on the field.”

Do you like tackling more or do you like blocking more?

Vasher: “I like being on the field. That’s what I like.”

Who is it that you work with the most then here? Are you with Kellen (Moore) and really grinding down with him? Or does (Mike) McCarthy come by?

Vasher: “Most times, if I’m doing my side work, it’s talking with the quarterbacks like Cooper Rush and Ben and picking their mind, just because those are guys I’m usually on the field more with. So having my report with them and knowing how they are thinking is beneficial for me.”

We had CeeDee lamb on earlier and he’s still talking about showing he’s a true number one receiver, and that I heard there was kind of a motion of that there’s gotta be an alpha personality coming out of the wide receiver group. Is it built for that position to be, I mean, we say ‘divas’ a lot, but is that position built for loud, competitive guys?

Vasher: “Yeah, I mean, we always like to believe that the offense kind of runs through us. Explosive plays, making big plays, getting the offense generated and putting some energy behind it. I think we kind of put that chip on our shoulder and try to carry that. So I think all the guys feed into that, whether it be CeeDee at the top of the list or those guys fighting at the bottom.”

Where do you fit in the hierarchy of trash talkers?

Vasher: “I don’t really see too much trash talking. I’m a competitor. I’m going to go out and compete. I’m really not too much one of the guys to start trash talk, but I’m definitely not a guy to sit there and be quiet or something.”

I feel like this just comes with the job of being the Cowboys quarterback. People debate how good you are till the end of time. Do you hear the critiques of Dak? And what do you think when people are like “wow, he’s not that great?”

Vasher: “I don’t ever really hear too much of the critique. Because it doesn’t too much matter. All that really matters is how us guys insider the locker room feel about each other and how we can go out and perform for each other. In my mind, Dak is one of the best out there, so I’m going to keep rocking with that.”

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