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QUICK OUT: Dallas Cowboys’ Math

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I’m not “Rainman” or anything, but I do like to keep track of things.  And, I am an excellent driver…

Anyway, the Cowboys have been as active as anyone this long off season.  To help fill the “no football gap”, I pulled out a couple of games from last year and watching them reminded me just how many players that made some significant contributions are no longer on the team.  I wanted something that would pull all the different moves into one place.  When I couldn’t find it, I decided to do one myself.  So, hopefully, this provides some good information for others.  It is accurate as of today but I fully expect there to continue to be plenty of changes as the off season drags on, training camp starts, and then eventually the roster is trimmed down from the 90 players they are allowed to take to camp.  Here we go.

ADDITION 

At 90 players, some of these are just “camp bodies” and have no realistic chance of making the final 53.  But, you never know.  You only need to think about Tony Romo to understand that unknown, undrafted free agents can make the team and turn out to be really good players.  So, until they are cut, they have a shot.  These are the players on the current roster that were not part of the Cowboys roster at the end of the 2012 season. 

*NOTE: Where I could find something interesting about the player, I’ve included a link to it in the post – click on their name.

Player POS College Via
Dalton Williams QB Akron UDFA
Nick Stephens QB Tarleton St UDFA
Travis Frederick C Wisconsin Draft
Edawn Coughman T Shaw University UDFA
J.B. Shugarts T Ohio State UDFA
Ray Dominguez G Arkansas UDFA
Gavin Escobar TE San Diego St Draft
Dante Rosario TE Oregon Free Agency
Colin Cochart TE South Dakota St Free Agency
Joseph Randle RB Oklahoma St Draft
Kendial Lawrence RB Missouri UDFA
Terrance Williams WR Baylor Draft
Anthony Amos WR Middle Tennessee St UDFA
Anthony Armstrong WR West Texas A&M Free Agency
Eric Rogers WR Cal Lutheran UDFA
Jared Green WR Virginia Free Agency
Jackson Anderson LS Duke UDFA
Spencer Benton P/PK Clemson UDFA
Anthony Hargrove DE Georgia Tech Free Agency
Cameron Sheffield DE Troy Free Agency
Nick Hayden DT Wisconsin Free Agency
Jeris Pendleton DT Ashland Free Agency
Justin Durant LB Hampton University Free Agency
DeVonte Holloman LB South Carolina Draft
Brandon Magge LB Arizona State UDFA
Deon Lacy LB U of West Alabama UDFA
Cameron Lawrence LB Mississippi St UDFA
Taylor Reed LB SMU UDFA
B.W. Webb CB William & Mary Draft
Brandon Underwood CB Cincinnati Free Agency
Xavier Brewer CB Clemson UDFA
Devin Smith CB Wisconsin UDFA
Will Allen S Ohio State Free Agency
JJ Wilcox S Georgia Southern Draft
Eric Frampton S Washington St Free Agency
Jeff Heath S Saginaw Valley St UDFA
Jakar Hamilton S South Carolina St UDFA

You will recognize some of these names – like Colin Cochart, Eric Frampton, and Anthony Armstrong as they’ve been on the roster before at some point but all were cut and then re-signed during the off season.  It’s my list, so I’m counting them as additions.

SUBTRACTION

These are the players that were on the roster at the end of the season who no longer wear the star.  If they signed with another team, I’ve listed where they went.

Player POS Signed With
Kevin Ogletree WR Buccaneers
John Phillips TE Chargers
Vince Agnew CB Chiefs
Felix Jones RB Eagles
Dan Connor LB Giants
Mike Jenkins CB Raiders
Andre Holmes WR Raiders
Marcus Spears DE Ravens
Gerald Sensabaugh FS Retired
Victor Butler LB Saints
Kenyon Coleman DE Saints
Brian Moorman P Steelers
Michael Coe CB Free Agent
Derrick Dockery G Free Agent
Brian Schaefering NT Free Agent
Brady Poppinga LB Free Agent
Charlie Peprah FS Free Agent
Donovan Kemp WR Free Agent
Brashton Satele LB Free Agent
Rob Callaway DT Waived/Injured

DIVISION

The players weren’t the only ones involved in changing the Cowboys this off season.  Let’s not forget the coaching staff changes and a minor, little change in total defensive philosophy by going from the 3-4 to the 4-3 defense.  Oh, and you might have heard that Bill Callahan will now be calling plays instead of Jason Garrett. 

Old Coach POS New Coach
Rob Ryan DC Monte Kiffin
Joe DeCamillis ST Rich Bisaccia
Jimmy Robinson* WR Derek Dooley
Skip Peete RB Gary Brown
John Garrett TE Wes Phillips
Brian Baker DL Rod Marinelli
Wes Phillips Asst OL Frank Pollack

*Robinson was retained as a Senior Coaching Consultant but relieved of WR coaching responsibility.

MULTIPLICATION

Although these aren’t new players, let’s not lose sight of how many critical players we lost to injury last season and will hopefully be getting back at full strength!  These are all players – many starters – that missed significant time and ended the season on IR but are still on the roster.

Player POS
Sean Lee LB
Bruce Carter LB
Orie Lemon LB
Caleb McSurdy LB
Barry Church S
Matt Johnson S
Orlando Scandrick CB
Ben Bass DE
Phil Costa C
Chris Jones P

So, there you have it.  This is a complete list as of today of all the moving parts.  Hopefully, it makes some of the names more recognizable as we head into training camp and the preseason games.  More than that, let’s hope it all adds up to something special for the Cowboys in 2013!  Go Cowboys!

Topics: Dallas Cowboys, Roster

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