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.

Quarterback

Kept:
Tony Romo
Brad Johnson

Released:
Matt Moore (signed by Carolina on Sept. 2)
Richard Bartel

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)

Running Back

Kept:
Julius Jones
Marion Barber
Tyson Thompson

Waived:
Alonzo Coleman

Thompson had a good preseason, and Coleman had only an outside shot to make the team.

Fullback

Kept:
Oliver Hoyte
Deon Anderson

Waived:
Lousaka Polite

The only possible surprise was that Dallas kept two fullbacks.

Receiver

Kept:
Terry Glenn
Terrell Owens
Patrick Crayton
Sam Hurd
Miles Austin
Isaiah Stanback

Waived:
Mike Jefferson
Damarius Bilbo
Jerhume Urban

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).

Tight End

Kept:
Jason Witten
Anthony Fasano
Tony Curtis

Waived:
Rodney Hannah
Adam Bergen

Curtis showed very good promise this preseason and deserves this spot.

Offensive Line

Kept:
Flozell Adams
Kyle Kosier
Andre Gurode
Leonard Davis
Marc Colombo
Cory Procter
Doug Free
Pat McQuistan
Joe Berger
James Marten

Waived:
Trey Darilek
Matt Tarullo

The Cowboys decided to go with a backup for each position. However, the backups have very little experience.

Defensive Line

Kept:
Chris Canty
Jason Ferguson
Marcus Spears
Jason Hatcher
Jay Ratliff
Stephen Bowen

Waived:
Remi Ayodele

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).

Linebacker

Kept:
Greg Ellis
DeMarcus Ware
Bradie James
Akin Ayodele
Anthony Spencer
Kevin Burnett
Bobby Carpenter
(Update): Justin Rogers

Waived:
Junior Glymph
Blair Phillips
John Saldi
Khari Long

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).

Cornerbacks

Kept:
Terence Newman
Anthony Henry
Jacques Reeves
Nate Jones
(Update, 9/2: Evan Oglesby)

Waived:
Joey Thomas
Aaron Glenn
Quincy Butler
(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).

Safeties

Kept:
Roy Williams
Ken Hamlin
Keith Davis
Pat Watkins
Courtney Brown

Waived:
(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).

Special Teams

Kept:
Mat McBriar
Nick Folk
L.P. Ladouceur

Injured Reserve:
Martin Gramatica

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.

  • dan

    I was a bit surprised on a few of these cuts. You?

  • I was a little bit surprised with a few. I don’t see the need to keep two fullbacks and ten offensive linemen, especially given our lack of depth at linebacker. Junior Glymph looked pretty good, although I am not sure how he performed in the special teams. I have a feeling that Moore will be picked up somewhere, and he looked much better than Bartel. And, of course, releasing Aaron Glenn has everyone scratching his or her head.

    I was not surprised by the decision to keep Folk. Gramatica had problems at the end of his Tampa Bay tenure, and Folk has looked strong. The choice of receivers was tough, but Austin looked better than Urban.

  • joe

    Maybe keeping 2 fullbacks had to do w/the linebacker depth situation?…Hoyte was originally converted from LB. Although I think I still would’ve only kept one (Hoyte for reasons just said)and used 2 TE sets since you’ve got 3 of them.

    Other than seattle, it seems like we let so many big games slip away on a big play that our DBs blow with either bad coverage or more often pass interference. I thought keeping glenn would at least keep veteran intelligence in house. Can we please draft a top CB next year?