Jersey Numbers for New Dallas Cowboys

Someone tell the new guy he can't wear #74.

Someone tell the new guy he can’t wear #74.

The Cowboys showed they are not finished building their roster, as the team added Christine Michael on Sunday. His addition means that the Cowboys currently have 15 players on the 53-man roster who were not on the team last year. Three others are on reserve rosters for a variety of reasons.

Here are the new players and their jersey numbers (as of Monday):

#13: WR Lucky Whitehead.

Last worn by WR Anthony Armstrong, who played in one game in 2012.

#17: QB Kellen Moore

Last worn by Dwayne Harris, who played for the Cowboys from 2011 to 2014 before signing with the Giants.

#20: RB Darren McFadden

Last worn by Tyler Patmon, who will now wear #26.

#23: CB Corey White

Last worn by Jakar Hamilton, who played in Dallas in 2013 and 2014.

#30: RB Christine Michael

Last worn by Sterling Moore in 2012. He later changed to #26.

#31: DB Byron Jones

Last worn by Micah Pellerin, who was on the roster from 2012 to 2014.

#52: LB Andrew Gachkar

Last worn by Justin Durant, who now plays in Atlanta.

#54: LB Jasper Brinkely

Last worn by Bruce Carter, who signed with Tampa Bay.

#56: LB Keith Smith

Last worn by Troy Davis, who was on the roster in 2014.

#57: LB Damien Wilson

Last worn by DeVonte Holloman, who had to retire after suffering a neck injury.

#71: OL La’el Collins

Last worn by Donald Hawkins, who played in one game in 2014.


#87: TE Geoff Swaim

Last worn by Jordan Najvar in 2014.

#93: DT Ken Bishop

Last worn by Anthony Spencer, who signed with New Orleans before being placed on injured reserve.

#94: DE Randy Gregory

Last worn by Josh Brent, who retired.

#99: DE Ryan Russell

Last worn by George Selvie, who signed with the New York Giants.


Dallas 21, Houston 14: Cowboys Retain Governor’s Cup…and Preseason Is Finally Over!

This is not the actual Texas Governor's Cup.

(This is not the actual Texas Governor’s Cup.)

[Do not take any apparent melancholy below over the Governor’s Cup seriously. Really.]

The Dallas Cowboys trailed the Houston Texans 7-0 at halftime after barely moving the ball all game. It looked as if this was the same team that had not won a preseason game since 2013. It looked like the team that had held a lead in only one of the previous three preseason games. It appeared to be the same team that had only scored 27 points in the previous three games combined.

But less than five minutes into the second half, Dallas came to life. A cornerback named Corey White stepped in front of a Tom Savage pass and ran it all the way (three yards) for a touchdown. The game was tied, and the Cowboys might live.

Just two plays later, Savage was sacked, and the Texans appeared to lose a fumble. Although referees called the play dead, the Cowboys challenged and won. Dallas had the ball at the Houston 21.

It took just one play for the Cowboys to take the lead. A 21-yard touchdown run by Gus Johnson put the Cowboys ahead 14-7.

Head coach Jason Garrett showed his faith in quarterback Dustin Vaughan, because the coach left the probable third-stringer in for the entire game.

But Dallas didn’t need a great game from Vaughan because the Cowboys had Johnson and Ben Malena. Johnson had a good game with 68 yards on 16 carries, but it was Malena who stole the show with 88 yards on 15 attempts.

Lucky Whitehead returned a punt midway through the fourth quarter into Houston territory, and Vaughan and Malena took over from there. In eight plays, Dallas moved the ball 48 yards, and when Malena scored from five yards out, Dallas had control.

The Texans could not move the ball. Dallas ran out the clock. And the Governor’s Cup stayed with the Cowboys.

* * *

So really, I missed the first half thanks to my attendance at a jiu jitsu seminar. I did record the game and tried to catch up by watching the first half. Thank goodness for a fast-forwarding option.

* * *

No live blogging last night. And given that nobody but me read my live blogs, only I was disappointed.

* * *

As for the players on the field last night, just a few thoughts—

  • Looks as if Malena and Johnson could be a practice-squad players.
  • I did not know who Corey White was until the pick-6. I need to learn more of the names, given that he might make the team.
  • Can’t remember the last time a single Dallas QB played an entire preseason game. When I ran a poll a few weeks ago, the majority thought Vaughan should be #2 instead of Brandon Weeden, but Vaughan did not look great in any of the last three games.I would not be surprised if Dallas went with two QBs.
  • Jameill Showers only played on special teams last night. Nice having you.



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