Cowboys Set Their Roster at 53

With the start of the 2008 season just around the corner, the Dallas Cowboys made their  final roster cuts over the weekend.  Naturally the receiver position caused the most trouble as the Cowboys are still looking for experience and depth at that position and were unable to find either during training camp.  Perhaps making a deal  for Boldin in Arizona is not a bad idea. 

The rest of the roster moves pretty much went as expected.  The Cowboys ended up cutting 21 players in total to get down to the league mandated 53 man roster.  While that was a large number of players to cut, ofne has to remember that the Cowboys returned most of their roster from last season.

Here is a breakdown of who is still a Dallas Cowboy.

Quarterback (2)
Tony Romo
Brad Johnson

Running Back (4)
Marion Barber
Felix Jones
Tashard Choice
Deon Anderson

Wide Receiver (5)
Terrell Owens
Patrick Crayton
Sam Hurd
Miles Austin
Isaiah Stanback

Tight End (3)
Jason Witten
Tony Curtis
Martellus Bennett

Offensive Line (11)
Flozell Adams
Kyle Kosier
Andre Gurode
Leonard Davis
Marc Colombo
Joe Berger
Cory Procter
Pat McQuistan
Doug Free
Montrae Holland
James Marten

Defensive Line (6)
Marcus Spears
Jay Ratliff
Chris Canty
Tank Johnson
Jason Hatcher
Stephen Bowen

Linebacker (8)
Greg Ellis
DeMarcus Ware
Zach Thomas
Bradie James
Kevin Burnett
Anthony Spencer
Bobby Carpenter
Justin Rogers

Cornerback (7)
Terence Newman
Anthony Henry
Adam Jones
Mike Jenkins
Orlando Scandrick
Alan Ball
Evan Oglesby

Safety (4)
Ken Hamlin
Roy Williams
Pat Watkins
Courtney Brown

Specialists (3)
K Nick Folk
P Mat McBriar
LS L.P. Ladouceur

Reserve/Retired:
Larry Allen

Waived:
Danny Amendola
Drew Atchison
Remi Ayodele
Richard Bartel
Mark Bradford
Alonzo Coleman
Julius Crosslin
Dowayne Davis
Marcus Dixon
Tearrius George
Ryan Gibbons
Rodney Hannah
Mike Jefferson
Keon Lattimore
Cory Lekkerkerker (injury settlement)
Todd Lowber
Darrell Robertson
Junior Siavii
Marcus Smith
Tyson Smith
Erik Walden

 


Larry Allen Returns to Big D

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The Dallas Cowboys have resigned all Pro O-Linemen Larry Allen   This will allow the big man to retire as a Dallas Cowboy and remain with the team that dra him out of college.  This will allow Allen to enter the Hall of Fame as a Cowboy once he is elected.  He will also likely be honored in the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

Allen earned 11 Pro Bowl trips total in his career, the last coming in 2006, his first year with the 49ers. After playing with the Cowboys from 1994-2005, he played the final two years of his career in San Francisco. A formal announcement and recognition will be made by the Cowboys later, the organization said.

Larry Allen will retire as the second most decorated player in Cowboys history.  His 10 trips to the Pro Bowl is second only to defensive lineman Bob Lily. He was a consensus All-Rookie team selection in 1994 and the NFL Players Association’s pick for Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1996 and 1997.

It will be good to have Allen where he belongs back in a Cowboys jersey even if it is only for one day.  


Adam Jones is Back!

Cowboys newly acquired corner back Adam Jones has been reinstated by Commissioner Goodell. In a letter to the player and the Boys addressed for today. The reinstatement means Adam will be eligible to play in the season opener against the Cleveland Browns on September 7th.


Breaking Down the Injury Report

Wade Phillips addressed the media earlier this week, and with his starters sitting out the fourth game of the preseason he was talking who would be available for the season opener against the Browns on Sept 7.  

Currently Philips is ruling  5 key contributors out for the season opener.  Starting left guard Kyle Kosier appeared in the locker room on crutches, his right foot in a cast, confirming he’ll miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained foot.  In addition linebacking duo Kevin Burnett and Anthony Spencer are still recovering from knee surgery.  Also wide receivers Mike Austin and Isaiah Stanback are still sidelined with injuries.  Stanback has an injured shoulder that will likely require surgery, and Austin will need another 3-4 weeks as he waits till his MCL sprain heels.  

These will be noticeable holes in the Cowboys team come opening day. To this point the injury bug has not been kind to America’s team.  One positive way to look at this, is at least this way the Cowboys are getting their injuries out of the way now rather than encountering them coming down the stretch.  Let’s hope that is the case.


Dallas Cuts 5 Players

The Dallas Cowboys cut their roster by  five players, trimming their roster to 75 in complience with the league rules.  None of the cuts come  as surprises as these players were the last men invited into camp.  The Cowboys cut  cut cornerback Quincy Butler, punter Jay Ottovegio, wide receiver Daniel Polk and quarterback Jeff Terrell. In addition they also reached an injury settlement with fullback Ronnie Cruz, who injured his shoulder in the second preseason game against Denver.

Now these men will be able to look for work with another organization.


The Cowboys Get The Win

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The Dallas Cowboys played their third preseason game Friday night and because of an exceptional first half by the starters, their preseason is done.  You won’t be seeing Tony Romo and company till the season opener on September 7th.  The last preseason game will be for the backups and those fighting for a roster spot.  Friday’s game was the highlight of the Cowboys preseason and hopefully it set the platform form them to build on as they begin their 2008 Super Bowl campaign. 

Friday night the Cowboys met the Texans and for the first time both the offense and the defense looked sharp and were up to the task of taking on the 2008 season.  The Cowboys offense was sharp, chewing up 266 yards in the first half.  Tony Romo was 15 of 19 passes for 166 yards and led the offense on two touchdown drives, including a six-yard TD pass to Patrick Crayton in the first quarter. His lone significant mistake was an interception in the end zone with the Cowboys poised to score from the one-yard line. While that was a mistake, sadly it was one that the Cowboys have become accustom to with Romo at the helm.  One can hope that as they head into the regular season, these mistakes will be minimized. 

 

On the ground, Marion Barber returned to form Friday night.  The offensive line created gaping holes for Marion Barber, who plowed through the Texans’ defense for 75 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.  That will be a standard Dallas must maintain if they want success this upcoming season.  The O-Line must improve their play over last season’s performance in the playoffs.  The line wore down against the Giants and in the second half Marian Barber had no hole to work with, and the running game was shut down.  When the O-Line is working effectively, then Barber can pound a defense early.  That will open up gapping holes in a tired defense for newcomer Felix Jones and make the Cowboys a dangerous rushing team. 

 

The Cowboys got the win, and while there were other important factors in Friday’s game, it was the play of the starters that was the highlight of the week.  All in all, the third preseason game has to be considered a success, and one that Wade Phillips and company will use to build on with the regular season right around the corner. 


Injury Update

Saturday’s game ended with the Cowboys obtaining a multitude of injuries that we mentioned earlier this week.  Now it is time to update those injuries.  

Outside linebacker Justin Rogers practiced Tuesday after suffering a minor shoulder separation against Denver. Defensive end Chris Canty practiced as well. He left Saturday’s game after the first play with a hip injury.

Missing practice were corner-backs Terence Newman (groin) and Quincy Butler (hamstring), linebackers Anthony Spencer (bone bruise) and Kevin Burnett (knee surgery), receiver Miles Austin (sprained MCL), safety Tyler Everett (back), defensive end Marcus Dixon (back) and fullback Ronnie Cruz (shoulder).

Phillips has said he thinks Newman and Spencer could be returning late this week or early next week. Austin will likely miss four-six weeks after hurting his right knee covering a kickoff Saturday, and Burnett is expected to be back for the season opener Sept. 7.


Changing it up

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It does not take an expert to realize that the Cowboys have gotten off to a rocky start.  A large portion of that can be attributed to their circus like atmosphere they have worked in to this point.  Practice in Cali, a train to San Diego a bus trip back, 3 days in Denver then another game.  Dallas has yet to establish a rhythm and all football players will tell you just how much they appreciate getting into sync, they are in many ways the ultimate creature of habit.  

Tuesday the Cowboys got back to their Vally Ranch home, and the results could be seen immediately.  Wade Phillips said the Boys had their best practice of the year.  That is a good sign for a team that has been plagued by stupid mental errors.  In a continued effort to get his players used to their surroundings, Wade Phillips will have the team practice at Texas Stadium on Wednesday night in front of the fans .  Philips hopes that exposing some of his younger players to Texas Stadium and its  fans will help ease some jitters ahead of this weekends game.   


Injury Report Aug 18

Chris Canty-Bruised Hip

Miles Austin-Sprained Knee

Ronnie Cruz-Dislocated Shoulder

Justin Rogers-Spained Shoulder


Cowboys fall to Broncos in Denver

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Another week is in the books, and the Dallas Cowboys have yet to step into the win column on the 2008 season.  Once again luckily for Dallas this was another preseason game.  Dallas lost to the Denver Broncos 20-13 Saturday night in their second preseason game of the year. 

Although the Cowboys lost the game there were some bright spots in Saturday’s game.  Mainly the emergence of Brad Johnson.  Johnson is a former Super Bowl winning quarterback and he will  be called on to back up Tony Romo this season.  Saturday Johnson went 9-12 with 1 TD, not a bad days work.  He took the majority of his snaps behind the starting O-Line and that gave him the time to make his reads down the field.  

Another improvement the Cowboys saw was in their performance on special teams.  After allowing a 34 yard return on the opening kickoff the Cowboys locked down in their coverage and were ale to minimize the damage the Broncos could do on special teams.  The Cowboys were also able to deliever a blow of their own on special teams.  Adam Jones began returning kicks and on his first attempt he scampered his way to a 24 yard return.  There is not doubt his explosiveness will be something the Cowboys can rely on come the regular season.   

Sadly, another trend that did show its face and that was stupid penalties.  Adam Jones racked one up on after his big punt return.  The Cowboys would record three penalties on their opening drive alone.  Penalties staggered the Cowboys last season as they were near the top of the league in penalties last season.  This is something that Wade Phillips and company cannot allow to continue going into next season. 

Saturday’s game did not come without some incidents.  The injury bug bit the Cowboys.  Wide out Miles Austin, who is fighting to earn a prominent spot with Dallas injured his knee and will be out 4-6 weeks.  Elsewhere, defensive end Chris Canty bruised his hip on the opening play, but looks to be okay.  Backup fullback Ronnie Cruz dislocated his shoulder and special teams stud and linebacker Justin   Rogers also injured his shoulder.  There is no doubt that the worse part of the preseason is trying to get all your players into the regular season healthy and ready to go.  The Dallas training staff will have its work cut out for them in the next couple days.