When the Dallas Cowboys turned in their 53 man roster to the NFL Friday night, back-up quarterback Stephen McGee was surprisingly still on the team. After noon on Saturday, he wasn’t. The former Texas Aggie was cut today after the Cowboys claimed tight end Colin Cochart, who was recently released by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Cochart is a 6-foot-4, 258 pound tight end who played 10 games for the Bengals last year. He was an undrafted free agent out of South Dakota State in 2011. Last season, Cochart recorded just five receptions for 44 yards and one touchdown. In their final preseason game, he recorded two catches for eight yards. Both receptions were the only ones he had all preseason. On a positive note, Cochart was the only undrafted free agent to make the Bengals team last season.
After four years, the McGee project is finally over. He has been on the team since 2009, when he was drafted in the fourth round of that year’s NFL Draft. A very athletic quarterback, McGee made plays with his legs, but battled constant inconsistency. Over his career with the Cowboys, he recorded appearances in just three regular season games, one as the starter. McGee threw for 420 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in that span. He also had 102 rushing yards, a credit to his mobility.
After claiming Cochart, the Cowboys went to work signing former players who had passed through waivers to their practice squad. Many Cowboy fans should be happy about this list of players: DT Ben Bass, WR Tim Benford, DT Robert Callaway, WR Danny Coale, RB Lance Dunbar, OL Ronald Leary, LB Orie Lemon, and RB/FB Jamize Olawale.
Dunbar and Lemon both had big games on Wednesday night, and it appears that paid off here. Leary was thought to be talented enough to be claimed, but luckily the Cowboys can now get a return on their financial investment in him. And Dallas selected wideout Coale in the fifth round of this year’s draft, but injuries hindered his progress in camp. It will be good to find out what he can really do on the field when given the proper time to develop.
A big name not on the list is DE/LB Adrian Hamilton. The talented rusher out of Prairie View A&M passed through waivers but wasn’t signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad. Dallas opted to go with Lemon instead. Hamilton eventually landed in Baltimore and is now part of the Raven’s practice squad.