With two recent additions and even more subtractions the 2015 Dallas Cowboys Roster is still in a flux as Jason Garret reacts to current events while also keeping an eye on the very near future.
The Dallas Cowboys scouting contingent in tandem with the Pro Player Personnel Department are garnering quite the reputation around the league and indecisiveness is not one of the reasons.
You follow the Dallas Cowboys in the off and/or early season you better be checking the NFL Transaction Sheet daily. Miss a day and you can miss a lot. Check out the last week below.
|9/16||WR Brice Butler||Trade TBA|
|9/15||RB Ryan Williams||Terminated|
|OL Ryan Miller||Waived|
|OT Charles Brown||Signing FA|
|S Tim Scott||Terminated|
|9/14||OL Jordan Mills||Waived|
|9/11||DE Lavar Edwards||Waived|
|9/9||DB Deji Olatoye||Signed 2 PS|
|9/8||Six More Entries||…….|
When you combine the above actions with a quick peek at the current roster / depth chart some things jump out at you in regards to decisions made and options available.
- Coaches wanted more than a body with Dez being out
- New WR Brice will be given chance to press Devin Street
- Swing Tackle is now manned by Charles Brown
- La’El Collins “may” get more work at RT than before
- OC/OG Mackenzy Bernadeau’s versatility is a huge value
- OG/OT John Wetzel is on Practice Team
- OT R.G. Dill has 3 more games due to suspension
- OT Chaz Green eligible to come off injury status Week 7
- Coaches comfortable at Safety
- Three more games till Greg Hardy adds to QB pressure
- Three more games till Cowboys get McClain back at MLB
- Four games (or more) till Dez or Gregory return
Decisions have been made at swing tackle, safety, wide receiver and perhaps RT of the future. Rather than dwell a season a two over potential or pine over draft picks spent action is the word of the day for the Dallas Cowboys.
The Coaches seem to have liked what they’ve seen in the short span OT Chaz Green was in OTA’s. They also probably thought seventh round pick Laurence Gibson was going to have a hard time overcoming his stiffness which affected his ability to keep his pads at the proper level. Darrion Weems was given a shot and dropped off the cliff when the first preseason game hit. Garrett then kicked the tires on several athletic prospects in Mills and the likes. You don’t have to wonder any more what the inner thoughts of the coaching staff is in regards to the offensive line situation. Decisions made. Thoughts revealed.
WR Devin Street is officially on notice. Garrett didn’t trade for depth. He gave up a conditional 2016 draft swap of fifth and sixth round picks and that isn’t chump change. Brice Butler can blow the top off a defense and is athletic enough to high point a ball. A perfect fit for the Dallas outside WR template. The Cowboys have six weeks to kick the tires before the conditional draft pick swap kicks in.
This is Brice’s third year and Oakland is loathe to let go of size speed packages at WR. Time to find out if the Cowboys can “coach him up” after a trade has almost assuredly caught the WR’s attention. I believe TE Gavin Escobar brings a very similar skill set as WR Devin Street and the two were deployed in similar fashion in the preseason. This could be a Cole Beasely/Lucky Whitehead relationship where the coaches want a weapon that fits these parameters available on game day regardless of injury. Street doesn’t have the speed to blow past defenders though he is a very willing blocker and like Escobar has a huge catch radius. I believe the coaches want Brice on the outside and Escobar/Street in the wide slot.
Conjecture and coin flips often harbor similar odds. Yet there is no denying the messages sent with the decisions at WR and OL. Going to be fun to watch the answers play out on game day.
What say you Sports Nation?
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