Sunday, September 5, 2010
Cowboys roster could change again
By Calvin Watkins
Cowboys coaches, scouts and front-offfice personnel met Saturday night at Valley Ranch to talk about the 53-man roster.
While they officially had to get the roster together with the league by midday on Saturday, things are not over.
The organization could still make a move to the 53-man roster, and it has to put the practice squad together starting at 11 a.m. today.
Here are some moves that could happen.
Sam Hurd could still get traded or released.
Dallas tried to strike a deal for Hurd but just couldn't complete one. It's not over, with several teams looking for depth at wide receiver such as the Minnesota Vikings. One would think the Cowboys would not trade Hurd within the division or to a team competing against them for the NFC title. As an example of this, the Cowboys worked a trade with San Diego once they knew Philadelphia gained interest in Patrick Crayton.
There are receivers on the market that could be obtained at a cheaper rate than Hurd, who make $1.759 million this season. Whether those players can contribute on special teams like Hurd remains to be seen. If the Cowboys go with just four wide receivers entering the 2010 season, it wouldn't be the first time. In 2008, Dallas had four wideouts -- Terrell Owens, Roy Williams, Miles Austin and Crayton -- to start the year. Hurd battled injuries at the start of that season before finally getting put on injured reserve with two months remaining in the season.
Martin Rucker, Junior Siavii and Cletis Gordon could return.
Gordon was the biggest surprise of the cuts on Saturday. He was penciled in as the fourth corner, but the Cowboys decided to go with six safeties and three cornerbacks. Gordon might get picked up by another team. If not, it's possible the Cowboys bring him back. Dallas also went with two tight ends, Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett, and in doing so had room for two fullbacks -- Deon Anderson and Chris Gronkowski -- to make the roster.
The Cowboys wanted things to work out with Rucker as a third tight end so they could retain just one fullback. Rucker, after he was released by Tampa Bay for failing his physical, had a minimal impact with the Cowboys. He was getting better on the field and in practice but didn't have enough time to showcase himself. Dallas could revisit his status. Siavii was a strong candidate to back up Jay Ratliff at nose tackle. Last season, coach Wade Phillips said Siavii desreved more playing time.
The Cowboys drafted Sean Lissemore in the seventh round, and he battled a groin injury at the start of camp. He struggled to find a groove until the last preseason game, where he had half a sack and a quarterback hurry. Lissemore beat out Siavii somehow. Also, Josh Brent, who broke his hand early in camp, played with a cast that limited his ability to grab ball carriers and blockers. Brent said if he made the team the cast would come off. Well, Brent beat out Siavii too. In 2006, the Cowboys went with three nose tackles and it appeared they would do so again. They did; it's just not the combination we all thought it would be.
Practice squad bait
Every player cut doesn't want to sign for the practice squad. Players want to be active so they can earn more money. However, several players, including Travis Bright, Teddy Williams, Bryan McCann and Mike Tepper, could return to the practice squad. Dallas cut two backup running backs, Herb Donaldson and Lonyae Miller, and one of those players might go to the practice squad. Dallas can sign up to eight players to the unit.