Jul 21, 2013; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Taylor Reed (58) at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

First Casualties Of Cowboys Final Cuts: WR Armstrong, LB Reed, S Hamilton

The Dallas Cowboys are in the process of trimming their roster from 75 players to 53. The official cut list must be reported to the NFL league offices by this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. But two names have trickled out of Valley Ranch this afternoon as the first unofficial casualties of the Cowboys  final roster cut. Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong and linebacker Taylor Reed. Both are native Texans. It also appears safety Jakar Hamilton can be added to this cut list. He tweeted the following Friday night:

@JakarHamilton23 – “Wanna thank all the people that believed in me but I must keep working hard I wanna congratulate the ones that made the team on the cowboys”

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Anthony Armstrong (13) pauses for a moment of silence before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

An undrafted free agent out of West Texas A&M in 2010 and born in Carrollton, Armstrong impressed coaches and fans alike with his gritty special teams play and veteran presence after being signed in April. But a lackluster performance in Thursday nights’ loss to the Houston Texans sealed Armstrong’s fate. He made just two catches on six targets for a total of 18 receiving yards against sub-par competition. The Cowboys are only expected to keep five wideouts on their roster this season. And Armstrong’s play wasn’t quite consistent enough to warrant making the final 53-man roster. Due to his veteran status, Armstrong is not eligible to be added to the Cowboys practice squad. But he could be brought back after Week One, if he isn’t claimed or signed by another team before then.

The release of linebacker Taylor Reed was first reported on dallascowboys.com, The article by Nick Eatman refers to Reed’s tweet from earlier today as evidence. See the tweet below:

Reed was impressive in the first game of the preseason against the Miami Dolphins. During the Hall of Fame game, the undrafted free agent linebacker out of SMU led the game in tackles with nine. But the Beaumont native was unable to sustain that level of play, recording just  seven tackles total for the remainder of the preseason. I predict Reed would be an excellent candidate for the scout team, if he clears waivers.

Again, the is just the start of the avalanche of cuts that is expected in the next 24 hours. If you’d like to see my full prediction for who makes the final roster, click here: Who Makes The Final Cut In Dallas? 53-Man Roster Prediction

So far, I’m three for three. Just 20 more to go. Stay tuned for updates.

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