Dallas Cowboys: David Little

Cowboys make moves at roster deadline

August, 27, 2012
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys have one more roster move to make before the 3 p.m. deadline to reach the 75-man limit after releasing eight players, waiving two injured players and placing guard/center Kevin Kowalski on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. (UPDATE: The Cowboys released long snapper Charley Hughlett Monday afternoon to get down to the limit.)

Kowalski has been bothered for most of the offseason by a severe case of tendinitis in his ankle and has been in a cast for most of training camp. He will miss the first six weeks of the regular season.

Linebacker Caleb McSurdy (Achilles) and wide receiver Donavon Kemp (knee) will move to injured reserve if they clear waivers.

The following players were cut: Levy Adcock, Delbert Alvarado, Harry Flaherty, David Little, Tyrone Novikoff, Raymond Radway, Javarris Williams and C.J. Wilson.

Cowboys sign wide receiver David Little

August, 5, 2012
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys signed wide receiver David Little on Sunday. The team will have to release a player to make the move official.

Little, the 2011 Lone Star Conference receiver of the year, participated in the Cowboys' rookie minicamp this summer but wasn't offered a contract.

With injuries to receivers Saalim Hakim, Miles Austin and Danny Coale, the Cowboys are seeking more bodies for training camp. As it stands, the Cowboys have eight healthy wide receivers, not including Little.

Team executive Stephen Jones said Saturday that the team is looking to sign a wide receiver and quite possibly a running back because of injuries.

Cole Beasley on way back to camp

August, 5, 2012
OXNARD, Calif. -- Cole Beasley is apparently returning to Cowboys training camp only two days after telling coach Jason Garrett his "heart wasn't in it."

Garrett left the door open for Beasley, an undrafted wide receiver from SMU, to return but after Saturday's afternoon practice executive vice president Stephen Jones seemed to close it by saying, "We've moved on."

His return helps a position that had been getting thin with injuries to Miles Austin (hamstring) and Saalim Hakim (finger). Danny Coale has been activated off the physically unable to perform list but he cannot practice in pads until Tuesday. The Cowboys are also bringing David Little for a workout. He was at the team's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

To create a roster spot for Beasley, who was on the reserve/left squad list, the Cowboys waived linebacker Aston Whiteside.

Beasley made a name for himself with a productive offseason to put himself in the mix for one of the backup wide receiver spots, which made his departure surprising.

And now his return is equally as surprising.
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.

Four practice squad players at camp

May, 4, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will open their rookie mini-camp today with four players who spent most of last season on the team’s practice squad: cornerback Teddy Williams, cornerback Mario Butler, linebacker Orie Lemon and defensive lineman Robert Calloway.

Williams has been switched back to cornerback after moving to wide receiver last season. He joined the team in 2010 following a track career at UT-San Antonio.

Safety Justin Taplin-Ross will also get his first on-field work with the team. He originally signed last summer as an undrafted free agent out of Utah, but he failed his physical. He signed with the team after the 2011 season ended.

In addition to the Cowboys’ seven draft picks and 21 undrafted free agents, the Cowboys will have 15 players practicing on a tryout basis, including kicker Delbert Alvarado, who was with team in training camp in 2010.

The other players in for a tryout will be: K Tom Mante, QB Larry Smith, QB Nathan Dick, WR David Little, P Craig Ratanamorn, P Dave Harrington, RB Bryce Beall, CB Royce Hill, FB Jamize Olawale, LB Dorvus Woods, NT Myles Caragein, DE Luke Black, C Chris Thompson and DE Ben Bass.