A Look at the Final Roster Cuts
The Cowboys announced their final roster cuts on Saturday, and though most were expected, there were still some moves that were curious. Here are some notes about these cuts.
Note: Updates are noted below.
Matt Moore (signed by Carolina on Sept. 2)
Keeping only two quarterbacks has been discussed as a possibility. Moore looked pretty good in the preseason, and if he can clear waivers, there is a good chance he will make the practice squad.
(Update, 9/2: Moore didn’t clear waivers and is headed to Carolina)
Thompson had a good preseason, and Coleman had only an outside shot to make the team.
The only possible surprise was that Dallas kept two fullbacks.
Urban’s punt return against the Vikings was not enough for him to earn a roster spot. His fumble as a receiver a few minutes late could not have helped. Sam Hurd and Miles Austin looked good in the preseason, and Stanback has a big upside.
(Update, 9/2: Urban was picked up by Arizona).
Curtis showed very good promise this preseason and deserves this spot.
The Cowboys decided to go with a backup for each position. However, the backups have very little experience.
Ayodele was the answer to the trivia question about who had five tackles against Minnesota. However, Akin’s brother did not show enough to make the cut.
(Update, 9/2: Ayodele is headed to Atlanta).
(Update): Justin Rogers
Although Dallas has talent at linebacker, these cuts mean that Dallas will rely heavily on Carpenter and Burnett as backups. Moreover, Spencer has struggled a bit during the preseason.
(Update, 9/2: Dallas signed outside linebacker Justin Rogers off of waivers from New England).
(Update, 9/2: Evan Oglesby)
(Update, 9/2): Alan Ball
Cutting Glenn was the move that made news. The 35-year-old veteran started the final three preseason games, and Newman’s health is a huge question mark. Thomas showed promise, but apparently not enough.
(Update: Ball could be resigned to the practice squad if he clears waivers. Dallas signed Oglesby after he was waived by Baltimore).
(Update, 9/2): Abram Elam
(Update: Cutting Elam one day after announcing the roster cuts was a little bit of a surprise, given that he had a good preseason and is very good on special teams).
Folk had a good preseason, but we have not seen him in a pressure situation. His leg strength, though, should be cause for excitement this year.