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.
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.
|Nick Stephens||QB||Tarleton St||UDFA|
|Edawn Coughman||T||Shaw University||UDFA|
|J.B. Shugarts||T||Ohio State||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|
|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|
|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|
|B.W. Webb||CB||William & Mary||Draft|
|Brandon Underwood||CB||Cincinnati||Free Agency|
|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.
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.
|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|
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.
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.
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!