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Saturday, September 3, 2011
A possible look at Cowboys practice squad

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Perhaps eight of the Cowboys’ 26 cuts on Saturday could be back on the practice squad by 11 a.m. Sunday.

The guesses, provided they clear waivers?

QB Tom Brandstater, WR Teddy Williams, CB Josh Thomas, CB Mario Butler, FB Shaun Chapas, LB Orie Lemon, WR Manny Johnson and S Andrew Sendejo.

Brandstater gets a spot with an eye toward 2012. This is likely Jon Kitna’s last year, so why not keep Brandstater around to learn the system, run some scout team with Stephen McGee and have a third guy familiar with the surroundings next year? It would not preclude the team drafting a quarterback next year.

At wide receiver and corner, you need guys who can run all day and keep guys on your 53-man roster fresh, so that’s why I’m taking two of each.

Thomas and Butler were candidates to make the final roster and you can never have enough cornerbacks, although the Cowboys tested that theory last year by keeping only three on the 53-man roster. Williams brings speed to the wide receiver spot and Johnson knows the system.

With only three inside linebackers on the 53-man roster, Lemon would provide some cover in practice. Without a fullback on the active roster, Chapas could be a call-up at any moment.

With 10 offensive linemen, I'm not sure they need a practice squad guy, but it wouldn't surprise me to see them add a player.