Dallas Cowboys: Daniel Sepulveda

Cowboys working out 15 players today

October, 12, 2012
IRVING, Texas – In addition to punters Daniel Sepulveda, T.J. Conley and Chas Henry, the Cowboys will work out 12 other players today at Valley Ranch.

Former Baylor guard Robert Griffin, a sixth-round pick of the New York Jets, will be in attendance, as will nine defensive backs, a quarterback, a wide receiver and tight end.

Charlie Peprah, who was not among the Cowboys’ tryouts two weeks ago when they signed Eric Frampton, is the most accomplished safety on hand after spending two stints with Green Bay. The other defensive backs include Morgan Trent, Kevin Thomas, Reggie Jones, Rod Issac, Vincent Agnew, Larry Asante, Gerald Alexander and Mikail Baker.

Quarterback Nick Stephens, who played high school at Flower Mound before attending Tennessee and Tarleton State, will also work out. He went to camp this summer with the Tennessee Titans. Tight end Fendi Onubun and wide receiver John Haggerty round out the group.
IRVING, Texas -- Punter Chris Jones kicked once during the portion of practice open to the media Friday. There is some question regarding Jones' status for Sunday's game at Baltimore because of a sprained knee.

Jones missed the Week 4 loss to the Chicago Bears and was replaced by Brian Moorman, who is not available to play this week because of a groin strain.

The Cowboys will work out punters T.J. Conley, Daniel Sepulveda, Chas Henry today at 12:30 p.m.

Also, one day after saying he should play in Sunday's game, outside linebacker Anthony Spencer was watching Friday's practice session. Spencer has a strained pectoral muscle and said he did some limited work during Thursday's practice. Yet, Spencer was wearing a baseball cap during the open session.

Cornerback Morris Claiborne (illness) returned to practice but had a slight limp during drills. He's wearing a sleeve on his left knee. Center Ryan Cook (hamstring) also attended practice, but Phil Costa (back) was getting snaps with the first team. Costa, the starter, has missed the last three games but is expected to return for the Ravens game.

Cowboys to take look at three punters

October, 11, 2012
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys will work out three punters as insurance policy possibilities if Chris Jones and Brian Moorman are not be able to play Sunday at Baltimore because of injuries.

Highland Park’s Daniel Sepulveda, Chas Henry, who was cut earlier this season by Philadelphia, and T.J. Conley will punt for the Cowboys. Sepulveda had his career in Pittsburgh cut short by five knee surgeries but has a 43.7-yard average for his career.

Henry averaged 48.5 yards per punt this season with Philadelphia and had a 38-yard net average before he was released in favor of former Cowboy Mat McBriar. Conley punted for the New York Jets in 2011 with a 42.7-yard average and a 38.8-yard net.

Jones has a knee injury and Moorman suffered a groin injury Wednesday.
The NFL announced recently that teams can have up to 90 players on their roster heading into training camp.

With the Cowboys adding cornerback Akwasi Owusu-Ansah on Tuesday, they have 88 players on their roster and more are on the way as the team is expected to sign some players who tried out last weekend at Valley Ranch.

But the free-agency period is still ongoing and it begs a question: Should the Cowboys sign a veteran free agent?

We look at three positions that could use a veteran.

Wide receiver: The starters are Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, talented and explosive players. The No. 3 receiver is uncertain. There's a gaggle of players battling for the final three receiver spots, leading with the underachieving Kevin Ogletree, but the Cowboys drafted Danny Coale from Virginia Tech in the fifth round as a possible slot receiver. Signing a veteran could help bolster this unit, considering how Bryant and Austin battled injuries last season. Patrick Crayton comes to mind, but it's doubtful the Cowboys would go back to the talkative receiver, especially after he asked for a trade when Bryant was drafted. Jerheme Urban is another possibility but it's not known if the Cowboys like his skill set.

Running back: This position, like wide receiver, is a strength for the Cowboys. DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones are a solid 1-2 punch. Phillip Tanner can play special teams and get some snaps as a No. 3 runner, but all three running backs were injured at some point last year. Murray didn't finish the season, needing surgery to repair a broken ankle. You can't have four running backs on the roster, yet signing someone such as Patrick Cobbs (North Texas) to mainly play special teams and become an insurance policy might be a good move. Ronnie Brown, a former first-round pick, while he might not play special teams, is someone to look at too.

Punter: Chris Jones is the favorite to win the job, but Mat McBriar, who is a free agent, is recovering from leg surgery. There's some uncertainty regarding McBriar's availability for teams, because some might want him to prove he can punt after recovering from surgery. McBriar should be ready to kick in training camp. Daniel Sepulveda (Baylor) punted with Pittsburgh last season and in eight games had a 40.6 net average. If Jones struggles and McBriar is unavailable due to health or signing with another team, getting a veteran such as Sepulveda might be worthwhile.