Dallas Cowboys: Isaiah Stanback

Four ex-Cowboys part of Super Bowl XLVI

January, 30, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- For the 16th straight year the Dallas Cowboys will be represented at the Super Bowl by former players.

Four ex-Cowboys will be on the sidelines Sunday when New England plays the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Defensive back Nate Jones and fullback Lousaka Polite play for the Patriots, while defensive tackle Chris Canty and wide receiver Isaiah Stanback are on the Giants.

Canty starts for the Giants, while Jones and Polite are backups for the Patriots. Stanback is on the Giants’ practice squad.

Canty was a fourth-round pick by the Cowboys in 2005. Jones was a seventh-rounder in 2004 in the same round that produced Patrick Crayton and Jacques Reeves, which is a great job by the scouting department to have three keepers that late. Stanback was a fourth-round pick in 2007 but his conversion from college quarterback to wide receiver was slowed by a foot injury.

The four had some memorable moments:

Canty seemed to play his best against the Giants, which could have led to his six-year, $42 million deal he signed with New York in 2008, but his most memorable moment as a Cowboy came in 2007 when he blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt by Minnesota and saw safety Patrick Watkins return it for a touchdown. The Cowboys won, 24-14.

Jones’ most memorable moment came in 2007 as well when the Cowboys all-but clinched homefield advantage in the NFC. He can also be credited for hastening the Aaron Rodgers’ Era in Green Bay because he knocked Brett Favre out of the Nov. 29 meeting by hitting the quarterback’s arm on a blitz off the edge. Rodgers played well in Favre’s absence and became the Packers’ starter the next year.

Polite joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2004. I guess his most memorable moment came in 2006 when Julius Jones, Marion Barber and Tyson Thompson scored rushing touchdowns in a 45-14 win at Tennessee. Others might remember that as Vince Young’s first career start. Polite’s better moments came when he followed Bill Parcells’ & Co. to Miami.

Stanback’s moment was a 58-yard kickoff return against Seattle in 2008. Unfortunately the Cowboys did not score on that drive and he caught all of two passes before he was released before the 2009 season began.

Former Cowboys still playing

January, 6, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- One of Jason Garrett’s final messages to the Cowboys’ players on Monday was to watch the playoffs and let the feeling burn a little and serve as motivation in the offseason.

If the players take Garrett up on that message, then they will see some familiar faces playing or coaching on wild-card weekend. There are 10 former players among the six teams playing this weekend and five former coaches.

Cincinnati – Mike Zimmer, Pacman Jones, Dennis Roland
Pittsburgh – Shaun Suisham
Houston – Wade Phillips, Reggie Herring, Bobby King
New York GiantsChris Canty. (Isaiah Stanback is on the practice squad.)
Detroit – Bobby Carpenter, Leonard Davis, Stephen Peterman
New Orleans – Pat McQuistan, Scott Shanle, Sean Payton

Only Denver and Atlanta do not have former Cowboys players and coaches.
Jerry Jones has this deal about using a high-draft pick on a wide receiver.

He doesn't like it because too much money would get spent on a wide receiver who can't develop until three or maybe four years down the line.

That's just the way he sees it.

But that could change, slightly. Now, I don't believe the Cowboys will use a first round pick or even second round pick on a wide receiver. The third round might be a spot where the Cowboys expend a draft pick on a wide receiver.

A trio of juniors, Illinois' Arrelious Benn, Georgia Tech's Demaryius Thomas and Carlton Mitchell from South Florida have talked to Cowboys officials the last few weeks.
It seems as if the Cowboys have more success in signing wide receivers instead of drafting or trading for them, look at Miles Austin and Roy Williams as the latest example of this.

The last time Dallas drafted a wide receiver was last year, Manuel Johnson in the seventh round, and he didn't see the field. He was on the practice squad. Before that, 2007, Isaiah Stanback, a quarterback at Washington, was converted to wideout and he struggled with injuries in his brief time with the Cowboys.

In 2006, Dallas drafted Skyler Green in the fourth round, but he didn't stick around long because the team never found a real spot for him on the oster.

In 2004, Patrick Crayton was a seventh-round pick out of Northwest Oklahoma, and guess what, he's still around.

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