Dallas Cowboys: Baraka Atkins

Cowboys make roster moves, still two to go

August, 31, 2012
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys will make their final cuts today to reach the 53-man limit, but they have already notified 21 players that they have not made the cut.

According to sources, the Cowboys have informed Shaun Chapas, Adrian Hamilton, Danny Coale, Eddie Whitley, Orie Lemon, Ronald Leary, Pat McQuistan, Jeff Adams, Teddy Williams, Harland Gunn, Daniel Loper, Clifton Geathers, Rudy Carpenter, Lionel Smith, Baraka Atkins, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Andrew Szczerba, Ben Bass, Saalim Hakim, Tim Benford and Robert Callaway of their release.

They have two more roster moves to make by 7 p.m. after the trade for offensive lineman Ryan Cook from Miami.

The Cowboys would like to bring some -- like Hamilton, Coale and Leary -- back on the practice squad if they clear waivers.

Leary was the apple of Jerry Jones’ eye as an undrafted free agent and early in training camp, but he will not be on the 53-man roster.

The Cowboys considered drafting Leary despite a knee condition, but ended up guaranteeing him $214,000 in base salary and signing bonus to sign as an undrafted free agent. When the interior line was hit by injuries early in camp Leary took some first-team snaps but he hit a wall midway through camp.

Backup LB an issue for Cowboys, too

August, 16, 2012
OXNARD, Calif. -- Remember when interior offensive line was an issue for the Cowboys early in training camp? Oh, wait, it still is. But now you can add linebacker as a problematic position just because of numbers.

Inside linebacker Caleb McSurdy will undergo season-ending Achilles surgery on Friday. Inside linebacker Isaiah Greenhouse has a broken thumb. Inside linebacker Orie Lemon has a stiff neck, but he could be OK to play Saturday at San Diego.

At outside linebacker Anthony Spencer is expected back to practice next week from a hamstring injury, and Kyle Wilber is out for 3-4 weeks because of thumb surgery. Adrian Hamilton has a knee injury that could limit him for the week.

DeMarcus Ware will get a few series against the Chargers, as will inside linebackers Sean Lee, Dan Connor and Bruce Carter, which means Alex Albright, Lemon, Baraka Atkins and Lemon, if healthy, will get most of the work.

“We just have to manage that,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We’re a little but light at backup linebacker now … We’ve got a few guys nicked up there and we’ll manage that,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Here the next couple of days we’ll figure out who’s playing the most where and try to make the appropriate decision. As you know in preseason games there are lot of combinations that syart to happen, so we’ve got to think the whole thing through and make sure we handle that the right way.”

Cowboys to add two "futures" players

January, 10, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will sign safety Justin Taplin-Ross and outside linebacker Baraka Atkins to “futures” contracts but they have some background with these players.

The Cowboys agreed to a deal with Taplin-Ross as an undrafted free agent after the lockout ended, but he failed the team physical. He started 13 games in 2010 at Utah and finished with 41 tackles to go with a sack, two interceptions and 4.5 tackles for loss.

Atkins, 6-4, 271 pounds, was among 17 players to work out for the Cowboys last month. He was a fourth-round pick by Seattle in 2007 and played defensive end. He will play outside linebacker for the Cowboys. He has not played since 2009 and went to camp in 2011 with the Steelers as an outside linebacker.

The Cowboys signed their five practice squad players to futures contracts last week: cornerback Mario Butler, linebacker Orie Lemon, defensive tackle Robert Calloway, wide receiver Teddy Williams and cornerback C.J. Wilson.

Cowboys worked out 17 players

December, 15, 2011
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys had a busy Thursday, working out 17 players after practice, including tight end Harry Flaherty, the nephew of head coach Jason Garrett, passing game coordinator/tight ends coach John Garrett and assistant director of pro scouting Judd Garrett.

Flaherty went to training camp with New Orleans and can also be a long snapper.

The workouts were in part designed to scout players to sign to “futures” contracts for 2012 once the season ends, but several players have NFL experience.

Cornerback Phillips Adams recorded an interception in New England this year, where he was a teammate of tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose brother Chris played fullback for the Cowboys last year. Defensive end Baraka Atkins played for Seattle, San Francisco, Denver and Pittsburgh and has two sacks to his credit.

Safety Kareem Moore was cut this year by Washington after the Redskins decided not to activate him off the physically unable to perform list. He was with the Redskins from 2008-10. Defensive back Kevin Payne intercepted four passes for Chicago in 2008 and has played for St. Louis and Carolina. Wide receiver Dominique Ziegler, a Baylor-ex, played two years in San Francisco before injuring his knee last year.

The other players to workout were: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, WR Rod Harper, G Cord Howard, NT Travis Ivey, RB Jeff Link, WR ZaVious Robbins, LB Brashton Satele, DT Adrian Taylor, RB Rendrick Taylor and CB Donovan Warren.