Dallas Cowboys: Robert Calloway

A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 20-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 62 of 62
CB Brandon Carr: 62 of 62
LB Ernie Sims: 58 of 62
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 54 of 62
OLB Anthony Spencer: 52 of 62
DE Jason Hatcher: 50 of 62
CB Mike Jenkins: 50 of 62
S Danny McCray: 42 of 62
DL Sean Lissemore: 37 of 62
DE Marcus Spears: 35 of 62
CB Morris Claiborne: 34 of 62
S Eric Frampton: 25 of 62
ILB Dan Connor: 24 of 62
OLB Victor Butler: 22 of 62
CB Sterling Moore: 22 of 62
DE Tyrone Crawford: 22 of 62
ILB Alex Albright: 17 of 62
NT Robert Calloway: 10 of 62
LB Vince Agnew: 4 of 62

Taylor's Takes: Without Josh Brent, who was arrested Saturday for intoxication manslaughter in the death of practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown, the Cowboys used a combination of Sean Lissemore and Robert Calloway at nose tackle. The Bengals averaged 7.3 yards per carry and did much of their damage between the tackles. ... Cornerback Sterling Moore, who joined the team less than two weeks ago, has made himself valuable because he can play outside and the slot, which is why he received considerable playing time. ... Gerald Sensabaugh has not missed a play in 10 weeks. ... Alex Albright played better this week and split some time at inside linebacker with Dan Connor.

Four practice squad players at camp

May, 4, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will open their rookie mini-camp today with four players who spent most of last season on the team’s practice squad: cornerback Teddy Williams, cornerback Mario Butler, linebacker Orie Lemon and defensive lineman Robert Calloway.

Williams has been switched back to cornerback after moving to wide receiver last season. He joined the team in 2010 following a track career at UT-San Antonio.

Safety Justin Taplin-Ross will also get his first on-field work with the team. He originally signed last summer as an undrafted free agent out of Utah, but he failed his physical. He signed with the team after the 2011 season ended.

In addition to the Cowboys’ seven draft picks and 21 undrafted free agents, the Cowboys will have 15 players practicing on a tryout basis, including kicker Delbert Alvarado, who was with team in training camp in 2010.

The other players in for a tryout will be: K Tom Mante, QB Larry Smith, QB Nathan Dick, WR David Little, P Craig Ratanamorn, P Dave Harrington, RB Bryce Beall, CB Royce Hill, FB Jamize Olawale, LB Dorvus Woods, NT Myles Caragein, DE Luke Black, C Chris Thompson and DE Ben Bass.

Cowboys sign four to 2012 deals

January, 2, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys signed four practice squad players to futures contracts for 2012 on Monday, including defensive tackle Robert Calloway, linebacker Orie Lemon, wide receiver Teddy Williams and cornerback C.J. Wilson.

Because of the impending free agencies of Bradie James and Keith Brooking, Lemon would be seen as having a chance to earn a roster spot in 2012. He had a productive training camp and preseason before spending the year on the practice squad.

Cornerback Mario Butler is expected to re-sign on Tuesday.

Punter Chris Jones, who spent the majority half the season on the practice squad, signed a three-year deal on Saturday when he was added to the active roster prior to the season finale against the New York Giants.

Practice squadders making trip, too

December, 30, 2011
IRVING, Texas - The Cowboys will have a fuller flight than normal with the eight-man practice squad making the trip to New Jersey on Saturday for Sunday’s winner-take-all game against the New York Giants.

Punter Chris Jones, wide receiver Teddy Williams, quarterback Chris Greisen, cornerback C.J. Wilson, cornerback Mario Butler, linebacker Orie Lemon, guard Brandon Carter and defensive tackle Robert Calloway will be on the team plane.

“I think it’s for the support,” Butler said. “I think everyone knows what’s on the line. Like Coach Garrett has been saying all this year it takes everyone, not just 53 guys, but 61 guys, the coaching staff, the equipment guys. It takes everyone. It could be a reward, but as long as we’re there to cheer everybody on.”

The practice squad players attend the home games, but once the team normally departs for the road they are on their own and watch the game on television.

Just like the players on the active roster, they will have to wear a jacket and tie.

“Of course,” Butler said. “We haven’t done that since the preseason. I haven’t had it on since church.”

Robert Calloway re-signed, kicker can practice

November, 8, 2011
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys re-signed defensive tackle Robert Calloway to their practice squad Tuesday, filling the spot created when punter Chris Jones was called up to the active roster.

The Cowboys also cleared kicker Kai Forbath for practice after he opened training camp on the non-football injury list with a quadriceps injury. Forbath was signed Aug. 2 but has not kicked with the team. The Cowboys will have three weeks to activate him to the 53-man roster, release him or put him on injured reserve.

With two kickers on the roster already in Dan Bailey and David Buehler, it is difficult to see him added to the active roster.

Cowboys make practice squad move

November, 1, 2011
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys have cut punter Chris Jones from the practice squad and re-signed defensive lineman Robert Calloway, but that should not be viewed as a sign Mat McBriar will be ready for Sunday’s game vs. Seattle.

McBriar is dealing with a nerve issue in his left foot, which first flared up two days before the Cowboys played St. Louis. He punted without trouble against the Rams but could make it through only a half against Philadelphia. He averaged 38.7 yards on three punts before being replaced by kicker Dan Bailey.

McBriar wore a bulky brace that ran up his calf but he was limping noticeably. He has seen specialists this week, but it could be a case of waiting for the nerves to re-fire.

If McBriar is unable to punt, the Cowboys would likely re-sign Jones, who was with the team in training camp. He averaged 37 yards per punt in the preseason and struggled in the Blue-White scrimmage.

McBriar’s absence would also affect Bailey, because the Pro Bowl punter is also the holder.

While there are veterans punters available, Jones worked as Bailey’s holder for most of training camp. Tony Romo served as Bailey’s holder on a point-after attempt against the Eagles. Coach Jason Garrett said last week Jon Kitna would be an option, but Kitna has not served in that role in his career.

If Jones is needed but McBriar’s injury is not one that would end his season, then it could set up the unusual circumstance of the Cowboys having four kickers on the 53-man roster and just three tailbacks with Bailey, Jones, McBriar and David Buehler. The only tailbacks currently on the roster are DeMarco Murray and Phillip Tanner and Felix Jones.