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A look at Cowboys possible cuts

August, 25, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- By Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys will have to make 13 roster moves to get to the 75-player limit.

While some teams will make the moves before the deadline, the sense is the Cowboys will not be announcing their cuts on Sunday, so we’ll take some educated (stop laughing) guesses.

The only lock is that defensive end Tyrone Crawford will be moved to injured reserve as he recovers from a torn Achilles. He was hurt in the first training camp practice but if the Cowboys had put him on IR before the cut to 75, they would have had to expose him to waivers, and he would have been claimed. This move keeps Crawford with the team.

With the starters not playing, with perhaps some exceptions, you have to keep numbers at certain spots over others. Running back Kendial Lawrence might not make the team, but if he is cut, then Dallas has two backs ready for Thursday in Phillip Tanner and Joseph Randle because of Lance Dunbar’s foot injury.

Another question is at quarterback. Do the Cowboys keep Nick Stephens and play him versus Houston on Thursday and sit Alex Tanney? As we look at the 12 remaining moves, we’ll go with the idea that Stephens will be around.

Possible cuts:

Wide receiver: Anthony Amos, Eric Rogers, Jared Green. If Cole Beasley is healthy, then the Cowboys would have six receivers to play against the Texans. That’s enough to get through the game. If Beasley isn’t healthy, then Rogers could be kept. Rogers and Green could be brought back to the practice squad after the final cuts on Aug. 31.

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Different turnover story for Cowboys

August, 25, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jason Garrett’s message to the Cowboys after their 24-18 win against Cincinnati was fairly simple.

And it was the same as the message he delivered in last week’s 12-7 loss at Arizona when the Cowboys turned the ball over six times.

“The story of this game is the turnover ratio,” Garrett said. “We took it away four times from them. We didn’t give it to them. It’s the flip side of what happened last week in Arizona, so there’s a recipe for winning and recipe for losing and it starts with taking care of the football.”

Barry Church started the takeaway fest with a forced fumble at the Dallas 4 on Cincinnati’s first drive. Rookie cornerback B.W. Webb added a second-quarter interception. Safety Jeff Heath forced a third-quarter fumble and cornerback Xavier Brewer ended the game with an interception.
OXNARD, Calif. – The Cowboys began their final week in California with a spirited practice that saw the defense come away with three takeaways.

On to the observations:

** Tony Romo was intercepted three times in team and seven-on-seven drills. His first pick came on a deep throw to WR Dez Bryant that Barry Church was able to play center field on, but DE George Selvie would have had a sack before the pass. The second came on a deflection off Jason Witten’s hands into Sean Lee’s arms in seven-on-seven. The third came on a forced red-zone throw that deflected off CB Brandon Carr to LB Bruce Carter.

**DT Jason Hatcher had one of his best practices. In the team compete period, he had a sack of Romo. In situational work, he had what appeared to be two tackles for loss on RB Lance Dunbar. Hatcher also had a pressure that led to Carter’s takeaway.

** On the day Romo went 14 of 19. He ended the situational work with a touchdown to Witten and had the offense in position for a game-winning field goal, but Dan Bailey’s attempt hit the left upright from 52 yards.

** TE James Hanna had a productive day with one nice grab on tight end screen that got him in the open field. He also made a terrific back-shoulder catch of a Romo throw after beating CB Brandon Carr at the line.

** Most of the time, practice field fights aren’t real fights since players break things up before punches get thrown. That wasn’t the case Sunday when RB Phillip Tanner and LB Tank Reed exchanged blows after a dustup in one-on-one pass-rush drills. Reed lost his helmet before the scuffle, which left him at a serious disadvantage. The animosity didn’t last long as the players slapped five after the drill ended.

** Backup QB Kyle Orton was sharp, completing 12 of 15 passes. He had two touchdown passes to WR Anthony Armstrong, who continues his push to make the roster. On the first, Orton found Armstrong with a back-shoulder throw that allowed the receiver to make an adjustment behind CB Micah Pellerin. The second was a bullet throw in zone coverage that Armstrong ate up.

** Offside penalties have been an issue in the two preseason games. They were Sunday, too. Landon Cohen (who has jumped offside in both preseason games), Ben Bass and Kyle Wilber all had offside penalties Sunday. Cohen and Bass were pulled after their infractions.

** Practicing for the first time since Aug. 2, WR Terrance Williams had a good day, beating Xavier Brewer on a deep ball in one-on-one work. He also showed he wasn’t afraid to go across the middle, catching a dig route from Romo while taking a pretty good hit from Church.

Cowboys add 15 undrafted players

April, 28, 2013
IRVING, Texas – Over the years the Cowboys have excelled in landing undrafted free agents that make the 53-man roster, so it stands to reason a few of the 15 signings will make the club in 2013.

Last year, Cole Beasley, Ronald Leary and Ben Bass spent time on the active roster.

Here is the up-to-date list:

LB Brandon Magee, Arizona State
QB Dalton Williams, Akron
S Jakar Hamilton, South Carolina State
RB Kendial Lawrence, Missouri
CB Devin Smith, Wisconsin
CB Dustin Harris, Texas A&M
LB Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State
WR Greg Herd, Eastern Washington
FB Paul Freedman, Virginia
LB Tank Reed, SMU
DB Jeff Heath, Saginaw Valley State
K Spencer Benton, Clemson
WR Eric Rogers, Cal Lutheran
CB Xavier Brewer, Clemson
LB Deon Lacey, West Alabama

Interesting to note the Cowboys did not sign an offensive lineman. Perhaps some could come in on a tryout basis for the May 10-12 rookie mini-camp. One tryout player, who is expected to sign is tight end B.J. Stewart from Cumberland.