Dallas Cowboys: Charley Hughlett

Cowboys sign two, cut two

May, 29, 2013
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys signed offensive tackle J.B. Shugarts after working him out Tuesday and cut wide receiver Carlton Mitchell.

Shugarts spent time last year on Buffalo’s practice squad. A Klein, Texas, native, Shugarts was a three-year starter at Ohio State. Mitchell signed with the Cowboys in January. He played for Cleveland in 2010-11 and spent time with Jacksonville last year.

The Cowboys also cut long snapper Charley Hughlett and signed Jackson Anderson. A Frisco, Texas native, Anderson worked out for the Cowboys two weeks ago. He was Duke’s long snapper for four years. Hughlett was among the Cowboys’ final cuts last year but could not beat veteran L.P. Ladoucuer for the job. The Cowboys signed Ladouceur to a five-year deal in February.

WR Benford sidelined by knee surgery

May, 11, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Tim Benford’s offseason has been derailed because of arthroscopic surgery to his left knee.

Benford, who spent last year on the practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent, was scheduled to take part in this weekend’s rookie minicamp. But he will not be able to return to the field until training camp begins in Oxnard, Calif.

Long-snapper Charley Hughlett was also supposed to practice this weekend, but was excused. Guard Charlie Bryant, who signed with the Cowboys in February after spending time with the San Diego Chargers, left the team after Friday’s practice.

Wide receiver Darrin Moore, an Irving native and Texas Tech-ex, was at camp on a tryout basis but also quit.
IRVING, Texas – When the Cowboys hold their rookie mini-camp next week at Valley Ranch, there will be a small group of veterans on hand as well.

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Guard Ronald Leary, who quickly became a Jerry Jones’ favorite last year at this time for more than just the $214,000 he was guaranteed as an undrafted free agent, is among the first-year players to be on the field. Leary spent most of last year on the practice squad before getting called up to the active roster with two games to play. He will have a chance to win a starting job this summer and the early rookie camp work will give him some extra work.

Wide receiver Tim Benford, guard Charlie Bryant, tackle Aderious Simmons, wide receiver Jared Green, quarterback Nick Stephens, long snapper Charley Hughlett, defensive tackle Monte Taylor, defensive end Ikponwmosa Igbinosun and safety Micah Pellerin are also expected to practice next week. This group either finished the year on the practice squad or was signed to futures contracts after the season ended.

Wide receiver Danny Coale, a fifth-round pick last year, is also eligible to practice but will sit out as he continues his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered late last season. He should be able to take part in the organized team activities and full-team mini-camp in June.

The vets will be joined by the Cowboys’ seven draft picks, 15 undrafted free agents and a handful of tryout players at the three-day camp.

Cowboys, L.P. Ladouceur's agent meet

February, 22, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – The Cowboys might have bigger business to do with players like Tony Romo and Anthony Spencer, but they also have smaller but important deals with players like long snapper L.P. Ladouceur.

Ladouceur is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency next month, but the Cowboys met with his agent, Gil Scott, on Thursday at the NFL scouting combine.

Ladouceur just finished a five-year deal he signed back in 2008 that included an $800,000 signing bonus. Since joining the Cowboys in 2005, Ladouceur has not had a poor snap on punts or field goals. The Cowboys signed long snapper Charley Hughlett after the season ended. He went to training camp with the Cowboys last summer and was cut before the season started.

New special teams coach Rich Bisaccia dealt with injuries to his long snappers in his two years in San Diego, so Ladouceur’s dependability could help his cause.

Cowboys sign nine players

January, 7, 2013
The Cowboys signed nine players to their reserve/future list on Monday.

Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong, who spent some time with the team this season before getting released, will get another look. Tight end Colin Cochart, who was claimed off waivers before getting cut in September, was also brought back.

Wide receiver Carlton Mitchell, who has three career catches, all with the Cleveland Browns, guard Ray Dominguez, wide receiver Jared Green, long snapper Charley Hughlett, linebacker Cameron Sheffield, tackle Aderious Simmons and cornerback Brandon Underwood were also picked up.

Of these players, Hughlett might have the best chance of making the team. The Cowboys long snapper, LP Ladouceur, becomes a free agent in March and Hughlett spent time with the team in training camp. He could become the long snapper if the team elects to go elsewhere.

Another interesting signing involves Green, the son of former Washington Redskins cornerback and Hall of Famer Darrell Green.

Cowboys stick with L.P. Ladouceur

August, 27, 2012
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys will stick with veteran long snapper L.P. Ladouceur.

Rookie Charley Hughlett was the final roster cut Monday as the Cowboys reached the 75-man limit. The final cuts to the 53-man roster come Friday.

Hughlett took all of the snaps in the preseason opener at Oakland, and he and Ladouceur split work in the last two games. Hughlett did not have any bad snaps in his preseason work, but some of his placements were off a little.

With a young kicker and punter in Dan Bailey and Chris Jones, the Cowboys went with the veteran Ladouceur, who has had clean snaps on 493 punts, 214 field goals and 302 PATs since joining the Cowboys.

There was a thought that the team would be willing to make an economic decision in possible cutting ties with Ladouceur. He is in the final year of his deal and will count $950,000 against the salary cap with a $790,000 base salary. Hughlett would have made the rookie minimum of $390,000.

5 Wonders: Still waiting on Felix Jones

August, 22, 2012
SAN DIEGO – Before the Cowboys return to Dallas today, they will spend the morning meeting with some Navy SEALs as they continue the team-building experience known as training camp.

We will continue the five-wonders experience right here before boarding a plane home after 25 days on the road.

** I wonder if Jerry Jones is just being polite when he told KRLD-FM that Felix Jones has “got a chance to have a big year for us.” If you did not know Jones wore No. 28 during training camp, then you would wonder if No. 28 is a bona fide NFL back. Now, Jones is a lock to make the team and he can be an upgrade as a kick returner. But that Jones burst has been missing for a lot of camp. You haven’t seen that “wow” run from Felix yet. He’s dropped two passes in two preseason games. He had a drop in the first San Diego practice. He failed the conditioning test entering camp and after Saturday’s game against the Chargers, coach Jason Garrett said he felt Jones was still working his way back into shape. He had an involved shoulder surgery after last season, so maybe there’s some uneasiness there. But this can’t be the way Jones wanted to enter a contract year.

** I wonder if this is how the wideout position shakes out: Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Kevin Ogletree, Cole Beasley and … Andre Holmes, Dwayne Harris or Danny Coale. Holmes is slowed by a back injury that could keep him out of Saturday’s game. He was OK vs. Oakland but the people who know these things didn’t seem all that enthralled about his performance. Since then he has been disjointed, to say the least, in practice. But he’s 6-foot-5 and can make plays the other two can't. Harris has had a decent camp and is reliable when the ball gets in his hands. The problem is that he sometimes doesn’t always go the right way. Coale has had the least amount of practice because of foot and quadriceps injuries but did a nice job vs. San Diego. Now is it enough to claim the fifth spot? I wonder if the Cowboys hold him out of the preseason altogether with the hopes he can get on the practice squad.

** I wonder how much of an impact new secondary coach Jerome Henderson is having on this team. The Cowboys have four picks in two preseason games. They have been more aggressive in practices. They carry themselves differently. Henderson is a former player and knows how to get to players. Rob Ryan wanted to get him last year, but Cleveland would not let him go. They reunited this year and now we know why Ryan wanted him. Most rookie cornerbacks tend to struggle, but one who didn’t was Cleveland’s Joe Haden, who was coached by Henderson. Now he gets Morris Claiborne.

** I wonder if Mackenzy Bernadeau can carry over his good start to the regular season. There was some skepticism when the Cowboys signed him to a four-year, $11 million deal in March and it grew when he missed the offseason with hip and knee surgeries. Since he’s gotten on the field, Bernadeau has been impressive. When he gets his hands on his guy, he blocks him. I know it’s not exactly a new concept, but he has power and he moves pretty well. The Cowboys could not do much in the screen game last year with Montrae Holland, but Bernadeau might be OK with that part. He finishes his blocks and you don’t see him on the ground.

**Some quick roster thoughts on special teams: I wonder if they go with five running backs but not Jamize Olawale. I wonder if Lance Dunbar can get in the mix as a kick returner. I wonder how many defensive backs they can take: nine or 10. If it’s 10, they’d go with Mana Silva. If it’s nine, then I wonder if inside linebacker Orie Lemon gets that final special teams spot. I wonder if Charley Hughlett is doing enough to push L.P. Ladouceur out of a spot. If he is, then the team will solely make the call based on economics. Ladouceur is more reliable. Hughlett hasn’t been bad, but he is a little erratic with placement.

Third quarter: Cowboys 3, Raiders 0

August, 13, 2012
OAKLAND -- Dan Bailey made a 33-yard field goal to give the Cowboys a 3-0 lead.

After three, that's where we stand.

Some thoughts.

*Stephen McGee's first pass was a 16-yard dump off to Shaun Chapas.

*On consecutive plays, McGee had a pass knocked down and saw another one fall incomplete, and he took a shot from Mike Mitchell. Faced with a fourth-and-2 at the Oakland 40, McGee had another pass knocked down by blitzing linebacker Chad Kilgore.

*The first drive of the second half looked good for the Cowboys. The offensive line gave Kyle Orton time to get the ball downfield, including an 11-yard pass to Andre Holmes and a 20-yarder to Andrew Szczerba.

*It was a good snap from rookie Charley Hughlett on the converted 33-yard field goal attempt from Bailey. The Cowboys are giving Hughlett a chance to make the team over LP Ladouceur.

*In the first half, the offensive line struggled to open holes for DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones. In the second half, with the second unit, Jamize Olawale was able to find holes. Ed Wesley, a rookie from TCU, was surpassed on the depth chart by Javarris Williams.

*Josh Brent got the second-half start at nose tackle along with Tyrone Crawford and Clifton Geathers at end for the Cowboys. Teddy Williams started at corner with C.J. Wilson.

*Cowboys backups were able to get pressure on Terrelle Pryor, forcing him out of the pocket on a third down. Pryor got just two yards on the scramble.

*Safety Eddie Whitley had a chance to keep tight end David Ausberry short of the first down, but he couldn't hold him, resulting in an 11-yard gain.

*Center David Arkin played well through three quarters. He didn't have any bad snaps, just one hold and might have given up a sack.

Calvin Watkins' practice report

August, 10, 2012
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys finished their ninth practice Thursday. We have some thoughts:

*We're not saying LP Ladouceur is going to lose his gig as the long snapper because he's quite good at it. But with Ladouceur in the final year of his contract, it was interesting to see Charley Hughlett get some snaps with both kickers. Of course, the team can't expect Ladouceur to deep snap for the entire game against Oakland. But looking down the line, Hughlett could be someone the team signs if it can't lock up Ladouceur.

*Cole Beasley is doing his thing. After getting flagged for a false start, he came right back and drew a pass interference penalty on Orlando Scandrick, leading to a Dan Bailey field goal. While lining up in the slot, Bealsey also settled into a spot in front of a defender and made the catch, picking up a few yards. On a tipped ball from Bruce Carter, Beasley made a catch while falling down.

*Jason Garrett talks about seeing his players respond in bad times. Well, David Arkin was called for holding against Sean Lissemore. On the next play, Arkin pancaked Lissemore.

*Bailey made field goals of 35, 43 and 47 yards. He's missed only one kick this summer.

*Teddy Williams was beaten by Raymond Radway on a deep throw from Kyle Orton. Radway has said he's still trying to get back to full speed after missing last season with a fractured leg, but he displayed his speed against a former sprint champion.

*There was another bad snap, this one from Arkin out of the shotgun. We know the Cowboys want to be patient with Arkin, who has never snapped before, but maybe the team should look elsewhere.

*It seems Jamize Olawale is getting the hang of being a running back. He's bursting through the holes a lot better and not shying away from contact.

*Andrew Szczerba dropped a touchdown pass from Orton in the back of the end zone.

*Tim Benford did a nice job of making a catch in front of Williams, then juking him to reach the end zone. Benford seems to have the ability to find open holes in the defense, like Beasley.

*Tony Romo tried to sneak a pass over Barry Church and Scandrick to hit Beasley in the back of the end zone. Both defenders showed good leaping ability to tip the pass away.

*Romo took advantage of Sean Lee falling down to hit Jason Witten with a touchdown pass.

*Andre Holmes, who had an uneven Blue and White scrimmage, made a nice diving catch during the two-minute drill. He bounced back nicely with good route running.

Cowboys add 21 college free agents

April, 30, 2012
IRVING, Texas – After the draft ended Saturday, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the Cowboys would be aggressive in the college free agent market, particularly on the offensive line since the team did not draft a lineman.

He wasn’t kidding.

The Cowboys signed six, highlighted by Memphis guard Ronald Leary, whom the team almost drafted in the sixth round but backed off because of concerns over a knee injury. The other undrafted lineman signed were: Columbia tackle Jeff Adams, Oklahoma State tackle Levy Adcock, Notre Dame tackle Taylor Dever, Miami guard Harland Gunn and Idaho tackle Tyrone Novikoff

Here are the additional signings:

Cole Beasley WR Southern Methodist
Tim Benford WR Tennessee Tech
George Bryan TE North Carolina State
Lance Dunbar RB North Texas
Saalim Hakim WR Tarleton State
Adrian Hamilton LB Prairie View A&M
Charley Hughlett LS Central Florida
Donavon Kemp WR UTEP
Isaac Madison CB Arkansas
Darrell Scott RB South Florida
Lionel Smith CB Texas A&M
Andrew Szczerba TE Penn State
Aston Whiteside LB Abilene Christian
Eddie Whitley S Virginia Tech
Troy Woolfolk CB Michigan