Saturday, July 17, 2010
Who will be Cowboys' next cuts?
By Tim MacMahon
Once all the draft picks are signed, the Cowboys will have 82 players on the roster, two over the limit for training camp.
When the Cowboys have to cut a couple of players, the educated guess here is that undrafted nose tackle Junior Aumavae and ex-practice squad linebacker Donovan Woods will be the ones to go. Those two players are caught up in a numbers game with more promising young players needing reps at their positions.
Supplemental seventh-round pick Josh Price-Brent is expected to compete with incumbent backup nose tackle Junior Siavii for the right to spell Jay Ratliff for about 10 to 15 snaps per game. Seventh-round pick Sean Lissemore played primarily defensive end during offseason workouts, but the Cowboys will also want him to get some reps at nose tackle.
Second-round pick Sean Lee and 2009 third-rounder Jason Williams need reps at inside linebacker. So does 2009 sixth-round pick Stephen Hodge, if he’s healthy after recovering from microfracture surgery on his knee.
The health of Hodge and rookie safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, a fourth-round pick who underwent offseason shoulder surgery, could provide a stay of execution of sorts for the Cowboys’ next cuts. If Hodge and/or Owusu-Ansah isn’t ready by the start of camp, the Cowboys could opt to place them on the physically unable to perform list.