Dallas Cowboys: Rob Callaway

Cowboys to re-sign Eric Frampton

June, 4, 2013
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys will re-sign veteran safety Eric Frampton and waive/injured defensive tackle Rob Callaway, who needs microfracture surgery on his knee.

Frampton started the final two games of last season for the Cowboys after he joined the team following Barry Church’s season-ending Achilles’ tendon injury. In 13 games, Frampton had 21 tackles, one tackle for loss and three pass deflections. He led the Cowboys with 21 special teams tackles.

Callaway spent most of the last two seasons on the Cowboys’ practice squad. He played in two games last season but did not record a tackle. He had been working with the first-team defense with Jay Ratliff getting limited action in the organized team activities.

Dallas Cowboys defensive line thoughts

May, 17, 2013
The Dallas Cowboys' signing of defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove on Thursday got buried under the at-long-last resolution of the Doug Free matter. But as Calvin Watkins writes on ESPNDallas.com, it says something about where the Cowboys are in terms of their defensive line. As Dallas transitions to a 4-3 front this year, there has been some concern raised about depth. The starting quartet of DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, Jason Hatcher and Jay Ratliff appears very good, but should one of those guys get injured or need a rest, things get dicey behind them. That's where Hargrove comes in, as the Cowboys believe he can play end or tackle on a 4-3 line.

But Hargrove is going to turn 30 before the start of the season, and since the team didn't address the defensive line in the draft, it's worth wondering about the future there, as Calvin does in his post. Spencer and Hatcher could both conceivably be gone next year. Ratliff's about to turn 32 and always seems to be banged up. Ware has worn down a bit toward the end of recent seasons, and a move up to the line could exacerbate that. Calvin lists Tyrone Crawford, Sean Lissemore, Rob Callaway and Kyle Wilber as young defensive linemen who could factor into the starting mix as early as next year. Lissemore is the most proven of that group, but one of the interesting subplots on the defensive line in Dallas this year will be whether any of them can show enough to instill confidence that they'll play significant roles in the future. The extent to which any or all of them do will affect what the Cowboys do about the defensive line next offseason.

In the meantime, I agree with Calvin that the Cowboys' defensive line appears to have been built for 2013 success without much of an eye toward what lies beyond. You can't fix every problem every offseason, and much of the Cowboys' draft this year was focused on offense due to their belief that they'll be better on defense with better health. Look for defensive line to be a major focus in the 2014 offseason, regardless of the way 2013 goes.
GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Several current and former Dallas Cowboys players gathered Sunday night at the Gaylord Texas to support the Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party.

But this wasn't any normal party. Proceeds from the event went to the North Texas Food Bank. The Cowboys have raised more than $1 million and more than four million meals for needy families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

The event was hosted by DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher.

"This means a lot," Hatcher said. "I've heard about this event in the eight years since I’ve been in the league. It’s one of those things I can relate to. I was one of those kids who would leave school in the summer and say, 'Man, I can’t get two meals.' That’s why I’m here today. I’ll put any time and effort I got into a situation like this I can relate to."

Among the current and former Cowboys in attendance: Nate Livings, Caleb McSurdy, Brandon Carr, Rob Callaway, Tony Casillas, Nate Newton, Preston Pearson and Daryl Johnston.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and secondary coach Jerome Henderson also supported the event.
ESPN's NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. predicts the Cowboys will select offensive and defensive linemen in the first three rounds.
It's not something I hear mentioned often, but the age of the Dallas defensive line has crept up. By the time the season starts, Jay Ratliff, Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware will be 32, 31 and 31, respectively.

You have to be an ESPN Insider to get the complete three rounds for every NFL team. Kiper also has the Cowboys taking a guard and another defensive lineman in Rounds 2 and 3.

Kiper makes a valid point regarding the line. If the Cowboys draft North Carolina's Sylvester Williams, it could make Ratliff expendable. However, the team might keep Ratliff and create competition for what could be a young, deep defensive line.

Under the new 4-3 alignment, Anthony Spencer and Ware will move to defensive end, where they haven't played since college. The Cowboys also will move Hatcher to tackle, keeping double-teams off Ratliff.

Sean Lissemore, Tyrone Crawford, Rob Callaway and Ben Bass are young players who also will compete for playing time.

Free-agency series: Defensive tackles

March, 6, 2013
Fourth in a 10-part series breaking down the Cowboys' free-agency needs, position-by-position:

Defensive tackles


What is the Cowboys' biggest problem along the defensive line?


Discuss (Total votes: 3,089)

Who’s on the roster: Ben Bass, Josh Brent, Rob Callaway, Jason Hatcher, Ike Igbinosun, Brian Price, Jay Ratliff, Marcus Spears and Monte Taylor.

Analysis: Ratliff and Hatcher are the starters and there is a hope Ratliff will emerge as an impact player with the move from nose tackle to defensive tackle. There is some concern about Spears' role with the team. Is he a tackle in this scheme? What about Tyrone Crawford, who was drafted as a 3-4 defensive end. Does he move to tackle? Bass showed some signs in training camp he can play a little bit and will be given a chance to prove himself again. Callaway was called up late in the season and, like Bass, will get an opportunity to receive significant playing time.

NFL free agents of interest: Brian Schaefering, Chris Canty, Amobi Okoye.

Need meter: 4. Schaefering will return because he's a exclusive rights free agent. Canty is a former Cowboy who has played in a 4-3 scheme. Canty moved from end to tackle with the New York Giants. Okoye, 25, is a young talent who might be worth looking at. He could have an immediate impact. Of course, the draft will dictate what the Cowboys do in free agency. One thing new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said he wants is speed, speed and more speed. His scheme wants solid pass rushers up front who push the pocket. If you can't do that, don't expect to play for him.

Cowboys sign Brian Schaefering

December, 12, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys signed veteran defensive lineman Brian Schaefering To replace Josh Brent on the roster.

The Cowboys also re-signed Vince Agnew and placed him on the practice squad.

Schaefering played for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Cleveland. He had 72 tackles in 37 games from 2009-11 but was cut by the Browns on Aug. 31.

With Brent on the reserve non-football injury list, the Cowboys needed to add depth to the defensive line. As it stands, nose tackle Jay Ratliff is doubtful for the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a groin injury.

Sean Lissemore has replaced him at starter. Rob Callaway was called up from the practice squad prior to the Cincinnati Bengals game last week to play defensive tackle and defensive end.

Cowboys sign DT to practice squad

September, 8, 2011
IRVING -- So, how many defensive linemen do the Cowboys need?

The team signed defensive tackle Rob Callaway to the practice squad Thursday after working him out.

Callaway, who played college football at Saginaw Valley State, spent his rookie season on the Detroit Lions practice squad last year.

NFL teams can have only eight players on their practice squad. The Cowboys have Mario Butler, Shaun Chapas, Isaiah Greenhouse, Andre Holmes, Orie Lemon, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Teddy Williams and Callaway.

The Cowboys currently have seven defensive linemen on the active roster: Kenyon Coleman, Sean Lissemore, Jay Ratliff, Josh Brent, Marcus Spears, Jason Hatcher and Clifton Geathers.