Dallas Cowboys: Andrew Szczerba

Cowboys make roster moves, still two to go

August, 31, 2012
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys will make their final cuts today to reach the 53-man limit, but they have already notified 21 players that they have not made the cut.

According to sources, the Cowboys have informed Shaun Chapas, Adrian Hamilton, Danny Coale, Eddie Whitley, Orie Lemon, Ronald Leary, Pat McQuistan, Jeff Adams, Teddy Williams, Harland Gunn, Daniel Loper, Clifton Geathers, Rudy Carpenter, Lionel Smith, Baraka Atkins, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Andrew Szczerba, Ben Bass, Saalim Hakim, Tim Benford and Robert Callaway of their release.

They have two more roster moves to make by 7 p.m. after the trade for offensive lineman Ryan Cook from Miami.

The Cowboys would like to bring some -- like Hamilton, Coale and Leary -- back on the practice squad if they clear waivers.

Leary was the apple of Jerry Jones’ eye as an undrafted free agent and early in training camp, but he will not be on the 53-man roster.

The Cowboys considered drafting Leary despite a knee condition, but ended up guaranteeing him $214,000 in base salary and signing bonus to sign as an undrafted free agent. When the interior line was hit by injuries early in camp Leary took some first-team snaps but he hit a wall midway through camp.

Tensions high in practice vs. Chargers

August, 21, 2012
SAN DIEGO – The practice between the Cowboys' offense and San Diego defense got feisty Tuesday with a mini-fight, lots of words and an unnecessary hit that nearly prompted a bigger fight.

It started when undrafted tight end Andrew Szczerba and Chargers first-round pick Melvin Ingram went a round or so following a running play. San Diego safety Atari Bigby shoved DeMarco Murray in the back after Murray and fullback Lawrence Vickers came in to help Szczerba, who went to the ground and might have been kicked by a Charger.

Szczerba was apologetic afterward because coach Jason Garrett told the players to stay away from the extracurricular activities.

“Just the heat of the moment,” Szczerba said. “Things happen but I’ve got to be smarter and react better to help my team. I hurt my team with that.”

Vickers was one of the first Cowboys in the middle of the scrum.

“No, it ain’t tough to jump in there,” he said. “I’m supposed to do that. I’m going to be there because I’m going to ride with my teammates through whatever. There’s a brotherhood here, togetherness. That the first thing we’re going to have is camaraderie, regardless of who it is I’m jumping out there. But then again, you’ve got to listen to coach and the coach wants us to get good work in without that.”

A few plays later, San Diego cornerback Quentin Jammer unloaded on wide receiver Dwayne Harris underneath, sending him flying with a full-contact hit.

No punches were thrown, but players got together for a bit before they went back to their respective huddles.

After that, there were no more skirmishes.

“Back in the day we used to go against the Raiders and we used to do two practices, full padded, for three days, and about the fourth practice in the middle of the second afternoon there were a lot of fights,” Garrett said, “and there continued to be a lot of fights. It’s a real challenge for a player to stay focused because you want to stand up for your guy. That’s a good thing in football, that’s a good thing in life. But at the same time, you have to get your emotions under control and go do your job the next play. It’s a little bit of a mental test as well for the individual and our team, and I thought for the most part we handled it well.”

Cowboys add TE after Jason Witten's injury

August, 15, 2012
OXNARD, Calif. – To help with the tight end numbers because of Jason Witten's absence, the Cowboys will add Harry Flaherty to the roster and have waived/injured guard Bill Nagy.

Flaherty is the nephew of coach Jason Garrett and tight ends coach John Garrett. He worked out for the Cowboys last December. He went to camp last year with New Orleans and can also long snap.

With Witten out and John Phillips recovering from a sprained ankle, the Cowboys had only two healthy tight ends on the roster in James Hanna and Andrew Szczerba.

League rules prohibit Flaherty from practicing in pads until Friday, but the Cowboys will just have a walkthrough that day. That means his first time in pads would be Saturday’s game at San Diego.

Nagy, a seventh-round pick last year, suffered a high left ankle sprain in the first padded practice of training camp and is scheduled to visit foot and ankle specialist in Charlotte, N.C., this week. If he clears waivers, he would revert to injured reserve. Nagy started four games as a rookie before a fractured left ankle ended his season. The Cowboys had hoped he could compete for the starting center spot with Phil Costa.

Halftime: Cowboys 0, Raiders 0

August, 13, 2012
OAKLAND -- The Cowboys and Raiders are scoreless at the break in the preseason opener.

Here are some thoughts on what has transpired in the first half:

* David Arkin remained at center when the Cowboys brought in their second-team offensive line. The Cowboys want to give Arkin has many snaps as possible at center until starter Phil Costa returns from his lower back injury. While his snaps were fine, he did get called for holding.

* Tony Romo and the first-team offense got zero scores out of three possessions. Romo finished his night 3-for-6 for 30 yards. The Cowboys' first-team couldn't run the ball well and other than a reception by Dez Bryant for 24 yards and a six-yarder from Jason Witten, there wasn't much to be impressed with.

* The Raiders rushed for 57 yards in the first half. Their offensive line got a strong push and running backs Darren McFadden and Lonyae Miller reached the second level way too often.

* Outside linebacker Kyle Wilber came off the edge and forced Matt Leinart to throw a pass away, leading to a field goal attempt.

* The Cowboys' special teams unit had been called for four penalties with 12:40 to play in the first half. Three were accepted.

* The Raiders had three dropped passes in the first half, and the Cowboys had two -- by tight end Andrew Szczerba and fullback Jamize Olawale.

* Coach Jason Garrett could have taken a knee to end the first half, but made a good decision to run his two-minute offense. We saw a 20-yard grab by Andre Holmes during the drive, but Kyle Orton was picked off by safety Mike Mitchell to end the drive with five seconds left. We're not sure if Orton made a bad read here, but his pass sailed over Dwayne Harris.

Camp observations: QBs arms get a break

August, 7, 2012
OXNARD, Calif. -- Eight practices into training camp and it’s time to be mindful of the quarterbacks’ arms.

Tony Romo threw only 16 passes in team and seven-on-seven drills, and Kyle Orton had just 12. Unofficially, Romo has completed 138 of 212 passes, and Orton 90 of 134.

With a day off Wednesday, Romo and Orton should be refreshed when they come back to work Thursday.

Now, on to the observations:

** Things got a little feisty during the session. Veteran DE Kenyon Coleman did not like something about a block from rookie TE James Hanna and shoved him in the back. Rookie TE Andrew Szczerba attempted to come to Hanna’s defense with a shove back. Later, Szczerba got into a mini-scrum with DE Tyrone Crawford. Sean Lee gave C Phil Costa a shove. NT Josh Brent expressed extreme displeasure with LB Caleb McSurdy for not making the calls loud enough.

** The goal-line drills were followed by a lot of situational work, including the old lateral play by the offense. The best part of that play came when Dez Bryant flung a lateral across the field to Romo, who threw it back to the right to WR Dwayne Harris over two defenders. Harris was quickly smothered to end the circus play.

** Costa was busy at center with the struggles of David Arkin and Harland Gunn. Arkin had four poor exchanges before he was replaced. Gunn had one shotgun snap that was low. That led Costa to take more reps. He was not immune from mistakes either. He snapped one early to Romo, causing the quarterback to flip the ball away in disgust.

** Crawford has a chance to be a player. In one on one pass rush drills he bulled through LT Tyron Smith. For a rookie, Crawford has some strength to him.

** NT Robert Callaway committed the cardinal sin for interior linemen by jumping on a hard count from Romo on a fourth-and-1 play. All in all, however, Callaway has had a nice camp and is pushing Brent for the backup nose job.

** WR Cole Beasley made two middle-of-the-field catches that led to immediate timeouts by giving himself up. Beasley has done a nice job since coming back from his mini-retirement.

** Orton was late on a crossing route to WR Tim Benford in the final team period, which allowed S Danny McCray to come down to break up the route. Benford was open earlier in his route, but it looked like Orton was waiting for him to clear through another defensive window.

** In the morning walkthrough, back-to-back false starts got RT Doug Free kicked out for a snap. Arkin moved on the second snap and was also replaced. Pat McQuistan replaced Free and Derrick Dockery replaced Arkin. Only for a snap.

** Ps Chris Jones and Delbert Alvarado worked on the flip-flop punt that Mat McBriar had perfected. Jones did not have that kick in his arsenal last year and seemed to do a decent job with it, however, with not as much rotation as McBriar.

** Keep an eye on the undrafted Benford during the preseason games. He is a smooth route runner and uses his hands to catch the ball more than his body. In one-on-one drills against CB Lionel Smith, Benford ran a double-move comeback to the sideline, creating perfect separation for a Romo throw.
OXNARD, Calif. – If you’re scoring at home, Tony Romo completed 19 of 29 passes in team and seven-on-seven drills during the Cowboys’ first training camp practice of 2012.

Romo completed 10 passes to wide receivers, with Dez Bryant his favorite target, five to running backs and four to tight ends.

Backup quarterback Kyle Orton completed 11 of 15 passes and was intercepted once.

On to the observations:

** On the first play of the fourth period of team drills, LB DeMarcus Ware was unblocked and was able to make a stop of RB DeMarco Murray behind the line of scrimmage. Murray tried to spin away but Ware would have made the play.

** Murray can be an effective receiver in the screen game. On a throw to the left, he had the perfect balance of speed and patience before jetting away from LB Dan Connor, and allowing his linemen to get on their blocks.

** Rookie CB Morris Claiborne knew he would get some work from the offense early in camp and he wasn’t disappointed. He was beaten on a post by Dwayne Harris, but Romo’s pass was a tad long. His best play of practice came on a deeper Romo throw to Kevin Ogletree in which he fended off the wide receiver by making Ogletree widen his route.

** LB Victor Butler had a would-be sack of Orton after blowing by rookie TE Andrew Szczerba, but overall the pass protection from the offense was not bad.

** With S Gerald Sensabaugh sitting out the afternoon practice as he works back from knee surgery earlier this month, Danny McCray worked with the No.1 defense alongside Barry Church. Brodney Pool would have figured into that spot had he passed the conditioning test.

** LB Orie Lemon had an interception of Orton, stepping in front of TE John Phillips on a hot route. Lemon will be fighting for one of the final inside linebacker spots. He spent last year on the practice squad.

** WR Saalim Hakim had a rough start to the rookie minicamp with some drops but he has started to catch some eyes. He made a nice grab on a crossing route on a throw from Stephen McGee, snatching it away from a defender, and then sprinted by two defenders for a nice run after catch. He might be the fastest receiver on the roster.

** New offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Bill Callahan put his linemen through an interesting drill in which they held taped-up towels under their arms as they shuffled from side to side. The thinking is for the linemen to keep their arms inside so they do not get extended, which can lead to holding penalties.

** K Dan Bailey started training camp the way you would expect him to with five made field goals. Bailey connected on kicks from 20, 25, 35, 38 and 41 yards. Bailey even handled some heckling at the close of the first-team offense’s final drive by nailing a long kick while LB Sean Lee was yelling, “Timeout, timeout.” Delbert Alvarado, who is also doing some punting, went 4-of-5, missing from 41 yards.

** P Chris Jones got off to a rough start with several side-footed punts and short kicks. The Cowboys’ decision to not re-sign Mat McBriar will put more eyes than normal on Jones, who did a decent job filling in for McBriar last season for two games.

** DE Kenyon Coleman chose not to wear cleats or tennis shoes to the morning walkthrough. The veteran wore five-toe shoes, like a glove for his feet, which must be comfortable if not adding much support.
IRVING, Texas -- Let’s just say the first day back was a test of conditioning for some players.

Rookie tight end James Hanna lost his lunch (breakfast?) early in the session and several players were gasping for air and taking water breaks. The practices were moved to 8 a.m. to get the players out of the heat, or at least the intense afternoon heat because it was still hot.

The high in Oxnard, Calif., is 66 degrees.

On to some observations from the workout:

** The practice was basically another minicamp session with players not in pads. The first time the Cowboys will be in pads will be next Wednesday.

** All eyes were on CB Morris Claiborne, the first-round pick. He is aggressive and maybe too aggressive at times, but it’s better to be that way and coach it out of a cornerback. On a stop route to WR Tim Benford, he chewed up the rookie receiver and did not allow him to break free.

** QB Kyle Orton’s first three passes in seven-on-seven drills were incomplete with drops by Benford and Hanna. His third throw was a little wide to WR Cole Beasley. He closed the first session with a nice crossing route to WR Saleem Hakim.

** S Justin Taplin-Ross came up with a nice interception of a Stephen McGee pass across the middle that had the coaches excited.

** LB Dan Connor broke up an Orton pass to TE Andrew Szczerba, avoiding a pass interference penalty by using his outside hand to deflect the throw while keeping his inside hand off the tight end’s back.

** McGee opened up seven-on-seven drills with a nice corner route to Benford over CB Mario Butler and S Eddie Whitley.

** OLB Alex Albright took snaps at inside linebacker. The second-year linebacker will have to show versatility in addition to being a top special teamer.

** Safety Gerald Sensabaugh, who is recovering from arthroscopic surgery earlier this month, was at Valley Ranch doing rehab. The hope is he could be ready early in the team’s time in Oxnard, Calif., if not the first day.

** RB Darrell Scott left practice early with a tight hip flexor, which meant Lance Dunbar was the only tailback available. Fullback Jamize Olawale got a few carries as a result.

Another look at the 53-man roster

June, 20, 2012
IRVING, Texas – The other day Tim MacMahon was gutsy to put out his first 53-man roster prediction for the Cowboys. If you haven’t taken a look at it, click here.

Instead of going forward with my own 53-man roster prediction since most of the names will be the same, I’ll just list my differences. And as Tim pointed out, this is ridiculously premature, so don’t hold it against us when the team makes the final cuts.

Cornerback: Tim went with Mario Butler as his fifth cornerback. I’m going with undrafted rookie Isaac Madison, who was working with the first team sub defenses, which means he is ahead of Butler, who spent last year on the practice squad.

Safety: Tim went with five safeties: Gerald Sensabaugh, Brodney Pool, Barry Church, Danny McCray and Matt Johnson. I’m going with four safeties right now and Pool is the odd man out. Again this is fluid and things change, but I’m going with a sixth cornerback and that is undrafted rookie Lionel Smith, who took over for Madison on the last day of minicamp, which means he is also ahead of Butler.

Outside linebacker: Tim went with undrafted Adrian Hamilton as the fifth outside linebacker. I can see that happening and you’re banking on the future with him as a pass rusher. It makes sense right now, but I’m going with four outside linebackers in order to put defensive end Clifton Geathers on the roster. The Cowboys have put almost two years into developing Geathers and I think he might be a Jerry Jones’ pet cat.

There are some other possible changes from Tim’s roster, but I’m conflicted on it. In other words, I’m giving myself some wiggle room for the future.

Here they are:

Defensive line: Tim has Marcus Spears over Kenyon Coleman and notes Coleman’s $1.9 million salary as a negative. Marcus Spears makes $2 million and was not as productive as Coleman last year. Plus, Coleman was a Rob Ryan guy in Cleveland.

Offensive line: I believe Pat McQuistan makes it but don’t count out Kevin Kowalski. The problem is that you’re left with only three tackles on the 53 if McQuistan is out. That might be too light, but the Cowboys did it last year. Let’s see how the young undrafted guys develop in camp. If they do well enough you might be better served to go with your fourth tackle on the practice squad.

Fullback/tight end: Tim went with one fullback and three tight ends. I can see either two fullbacks or four tight ends and that could come at the expense of a third quarterback. Undrafted tight end Andrew Szczerba is not the most gifted athletically but he could be an in-line blocker they lack as a backup. And here’s another thought as a possible blocking tight end: outside linebacker Alex Albright. He made the team as an undrafted rookie last year and showed a knack for being in the right spot at the right time. He can also play special teams. It might be worth a look to see if he can block some as well.

Wide receiver: Don’t rule out Dwayne Harris. He has changed his body from a year ago and is moving much better. His ability to be a return man might help his cause. If Kevin Ogletree is not the No. 3 receiver, I don’t know if it would make sense to keep him because he doesn’t help enough on special teams.

5 Wonders: Tony Romo back shoulder throws

June, 20, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- We’ve got about five weeks to go before quarterbacks, first-year players, injured players and rookies report to Valley Ranch for workouts before the team flies to Oxnard, Calif., so there are plenty of things to wonder about.

Here is the latest installment of Five Wonders:

** I wonder if we’ll see the back-shoulder throw be a big part of the Cowboys' offense in 2012. Two years ago it certainly looked that way given the way Tony Romo was throwing them in training camp with Miles Austin, Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton in camp. Then the season started and we didn’t really see it much before Romo suffered a season-ending collarbone injury. To me, the back shoulder throw is impossible for a cornerback to defend. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers might be the best at it in the league with his receivers and Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham might be the best quarterback-tight end combo. It takes time for the quarterback, tight ends and receivers to become comfortable in reading the defenders’ alignments for such a throw. With Dez Bryant entering his third year, Austin healthy and Witten able to push the middle of the field, Romo should be in position to make more back-shoulder throws this year. We saw hints of those throws in the OTAs and mini-camp.

** The Cowboys have five tight ends on the 90-man roster, but only Jason Witten would be considered a top blocker. John Phillips could be an overall upgrade from Martellus Bennett as the No. 2 tight end, but in-line blocking is not his strong suit. The others are James Hanna, Andrew Szczerba and newly claimed John Nalbone. Szczerba might be the best blocker. I wonder if the team’s approach to the tight end position could mean the addition of Pat McQuistan is more than just a camp filler. They will not waste Witten as a blocker because of what he means to the passing game. McQuistan served as a tight end in jumbo packages for New Orleans last year and the Saints managed to throw out of that formation as well. I also wonder if it means the team could keep two fullbacks on the 53-man roster with Lawrence Vickers and Shaun Chapas, but I think it’s more of a McQuistan thing than a fullback thing.

**The Cowboys signed Brodney Pool early in free agency, but he received only a $100,000 signing bonus to go with a $1 million base salary. He took most of the first-team reps in the organized team activities and mini-camp, but I wonder if he is a lock to make the final roster. Some inside Valley Ranch wanted Pool over another Rob Ryan guy, Abe Elam, last year, but the Cowboys went with Elam instead. In the OTAs and minicamp practices that were open to the media, Pool was hardly noticeable. Maybe that’s a good thing, I don’t know. Maybe things will change when the pads come on. But we heard raves about Barry Church and Matt Johnson, one of their fourth-round picks last April, and Danny McCray is their best special teamer. Add Gerald Sensabaugh to the mix and you’re talking about five safeties, including Pool. At some point, it might be a numbers game or the team’s willingness to pay a guaranteed $1 million for a veteran once he’s on the opening week roster. And there’s this: Mana Silva, who was signed late last season, might be a name to watch when camp opens, too.

** I wonder if the Cowboys will bring in more competition for Dan Bailey. Not to take the kicker's job, mind you, but simply to keep some pressure on him. Bailey had a tremendous rookie season, making 32 of 37 field goal attempts and winning four games with late kicks. His kickoffs were better than they thought too. Jason Garrett mentioned at the close of the offseason that Bailey has added strength in 2012. The Cowboys have Delbert Alvarado on the roster, but he is also working as a punter. Bailey might be better served to have another leg in camp. It’s not that he can’t handle it. He showed last year he doesn’t mind the competition. Some kickers don’t like it. Nick Folk did not like it when the team drafted David Buehler in 2009.

** Bruce Carter earned a lot of raves before a hamstring strain kept him out of the final two days of minicamp. I wonder if people were/are jumping the gun on him. Like Pool, I just didn’t see him make plays in the passing game. I’ll give him a pass in the running game because without pads on it’s hard to evaluate just about anything. But Carter’s strength is his ability to run and cover, and I can’t remember a pass breakup during the team and seven-on-seven periods that I charted. Now, covering Witten is difficult for every linebacker in football, I get that. But, as Bill Parcells used to say, I’m not getting the anointing oils out just yet. My belief is that Dan Connor will be the “starter,” which means he will play running downs, and Carter will play passing downs, which means he will play a higher percentage of snaps in 2012.

Cowboys claim TE John Nalbone

June, 19, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- The never-ending search for upgrades has led the Cowboys to claim tight end John Nalbone off waivers from Seattle and release undrafted rookie George Bryan.

Nalbone was a fifth-round pick by Miami in 2009, but played in only two games. He has spent time with six different teams, joining the Seahawks’ practice squad last season. He joins Jason Witten, John Phillips, James Hanna and undrafted Andrew Szczerba as the tight ends on the Cowboys’ 90-man roster.

Bryan, a two-time All-ACC pick at North Carolina State, did not get many snaps during the organized team activities and minicamp and was behind Szczerba, who did a nice job as a blocker and made some decent catches. Bryan received a $4,000 signing bonus following the draft.

Nalbone's addition also gives the Cowboys two Monmouth grads on the roster, joining Miles Austin.
IRVING, Texas -- Rookies and selected veterans had their last chance to impress Saturday as the minicamp came to an end, and here are some lasting impressions from both practices:

** Each year it seems the focus of the Cowboys’ defense is to create more turnovers and it has not happened nearly enough. If possible, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is even more committed to the cause. He was constantly reminding the defense to force a fumble or pick off a pass. He got his wish on the first play of team run in the afternoon when Darrell Scott put the ball on the ground on a run up the middle.

** Rookie free-agent linebacker Adrian Hamilton, a Dallas Carter grad, opened up a lot of eyes. He had a would-be sack coming off the edge and then pressured quarterback Nathan Dick into running to his right before throwing the ball away. In the morning practice, he also displayed the ability to drop in coverage to get in the throwing lane on a slant to Cole Beasley for a deflection.

** Wide receiver Saalim Hakim had a rough afternoon, dropping two passes in on-air drills. In the morning, Hakim was slow to get up after he was pushed in the air by cornerback Isaac Madison. The referees called pass interference on the play.

** North Texas running back Lance Dunbar and Scott showed some quick feet without many holes to get through. Dunbar’s quick change of direction hurt a defense that overpursued on a run to the right, while Scott used a spin move to create space on his best run of camp.

** Rookie free-agent tackle Jeff Adams struggled with Tyrone Crawford’s power on a pass rush, allowing the third-round pick to push him back in the pocket. But on the next play, Adams got his hands on Crawford first and was able to hold his ground.

** Wide receiver David Little, who was in camp on a tryout basis, made a nice adjustment on a deep pass from Dick down the sideline, turning his body in mid-air to come down with a throw to his outside shoulder.

** Secondary coach Jerome Henderson is going to be fun to watch. He is active at practice and instructive. At one point, he told the secondary that they never should catch a ball with their pinkies together. He wants them to catch the ball with their thumbs together because that means they are getting the ball at the highest point and not allowing the wide receiver to make a play on the ball.

** Wide receiver Donavon Kemp (hamstring) and tight end Andrew Szczerba did not practice Saturday.

Rookie observations: Kyle Wilber quick

May, 4, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- Making instant evaluations off two rookie minicamp practices can be dangerous to a person’s health, but here are some observations from the Cowboys sessions Friday:

** Kyle Wilber is active. That’s what the Cowboys thought they were getting in the Wake Forest linebacker. He has a quick first step off the ball and was able to track down running back Darrell Scott from behind in the morning practice.

** Defensive end Tyrone Crawford had a would-be sack of Nathan Dick in the first workout thanks to being unblocked, but he was able to get up the field in more competitive situations.

** Linebacker Caleb McSurdy was able to knock away a Larry Smith pass to tight end James Hanna but on the next play was not as fortunate, with Hanna getting a step on him on an out cut.

** Troy Woolfolk is listed as a cornerback but he played safety Friday. He intercepted a pass that was tipped by linebacker Adrian Hamilton. On the next play Wilber deflected a pass that Lionel Smith intercepted.

** It was difficult to get a read on the wide receivers and tight ends because the timing of the passing game was a mess.

**Tight end Andrew Szczerba made a nice one-handed grab down the middle of the field in the morning practice but was unable to finish the session because of an injury. He practiced in the afternoon. Wide receiver Donavon Kemp sat out of the afternoon workout.

** Cornerback Isaac Madison made a nice breakup of a deep ball from Smith to Cole Beasley.

** Like he did at training camp and all through last season, Jason Garrett had officials at practice. At different times flags were flying, including a handful for lining up offside.

Cowboys add 21 college free agents

April, 30, 2012
IRVING, Texas – After the draft ended Saturday, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the Cowboys would be aggressive in the college free agent market, particularly on the offensive line since the team did not draft a lineman.

He wasn’t kidding.

The Cowboys signed six, highlighted by Memphis guard Ronald Leary, whom the team almost drafted in the sixth round but backed off because of concerns over a knee injury. The other undrafted lineman signed were: Columbia tackle Jeff Adams, Oklahoma State tackle Levy Adcock, Notre Dame tackle Taylor Dever, Miami guard Harland Gunn and Idaho tackle Tyrone Novikoff

Here are the additional signings:

Cole Beasley WR Southern Methodist
Tim Benford WR Tennessee Tech
George Bryan TE North Carolina State
Lance Dunbar RB North Texas
Saalim Hakim WR Tarleton State
Adrian Hamilton LB Prairie View A&M
Charley Hughlett LS Central Florida
Donavon Kemp WR UTEP
Isaac Madison CB Arkansas
Darrell Scott RB South Florida
Lionel Smith CB Texas A&M
Andrew Szczerba TE Penn State
Aston Whiteside LB Abilene Christian
Eddie Whitley S Virginia Tech
Troy Woolfolk CB Michigan