Cowboys Post Draft Roster Still Missing Pieces

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One full week after the NFL Draft has concluded and undrafted free agents have been signed, all teams in the NFL should have addressed needs to be filled when it comes to their roster and the Cowboys are certainly no different.  With nine guys drafted, approximately 20 or so signed as undrafted free agents and another fifteen or so given an opportunity to participate in the first rookie camp via tryout basis this weekend, there are plenty of fresh faces around Valley Ranch these days.  But, is the roster any better?  Has Dallas done enough through free agency and the draft to address deficiencies in both talent and positional areas that will help improve the team and hopefully get them over the 8-8 hump?

Today we’ll look at a few of the recent veteran pickups and see how they can possibly help as well as determine where the Cowboys may still need some help once everything settles into place as we head towards training camp.

This weekend, the Cowboys kicked the tires so to speak on two intriguing veterans who both have missed significant time recently due to injury.

On Friday, Dallas took a chance on a former first round draft pick, signing defensive lineman Amobi Okoye to a similar two-year deal that they have provided in the past to other reclamation projects such as George Selvie and Nick Hayden.  Okoye, chosen by the Texans with the 10th selection overall in the 2007 NFL Draft started his career off in quite a promising way, earning a Defensive Rookie of the Month award and finishing his rookie campaign with 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble and over 30 tackles as just a 19-year old starter.  The following three seasons introduced a massive drop off however as it took all three years for Okoye to matched his rookie year sack total.  After a slight mini-resurgence in play under Rod Marinelli in 2011 with the Bears (27 tackles, 4 sacks as a backup), he had a forgettable 2012 and did not play at all last year due to a medical situation.  Dallas is hoping a reunion with the new defensive coordinator is what Okoye will need to get his career back on track and that his quickness and activity level will come back into form.

Just yesterday, the Cowboys signed another highly drafted player in former Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams.  A second round pick in 2011, Williams’ NFL career has been lackluster to say the least.  Playing in only five games in three seasons due to various injuries (knee and shoulder) which have limited his production greatly, Williams hopes to start anew in Dallas.  Whether that is likely will depend largely on the health of the incumbents ahead of him on the depth chart and his own health as well.  There is certainly some talent there and the time to make something out of it is now or likely never for the 24-year-old Williams.

Of the two players, it is not likely that either one of them finds a home on the 53 man roster come the end of August, however both signings are the type of low risk, high reward type that makes it worth a shot.  At worst, it provides extra bodies during OTA’s and training camp and gives the vibe of a hunger and desire to make it that always is a good thing to have around.  Unfortunately though, both players happen to play a position which actually seems fairly solid.  There are other spots on the this team though that still require an upgrade in my opinion.

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  • Earl Robertson

    The roster is in pretty good shape I think. On defense they have to figure out what Carr and Claiborne likes and let them do that so the coaching has to change. Heath should not be on the team he can’t play, if they get rid of him that will help a lot. On offense they need to run ball more and romo needs to stay healthy. And Garrett needs to quit losing games by his poor decisions he makes. So the problem isn’t the roster as much it is coaching and romo back

    • Scott.

      Don’t take this the wrong way, but your askng for a lot which means maybe their roster might be in that good of shape.

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  • Earl Robertson

    One more thing they should bring back Alex Tanney let him compete against weeden

  • David

    Dallas addressed the D-line needs pretty well in FA and the draft. They however are still average to very poor in the linebacking group and safety position. While Lee is a great player when healthy, Dallas still has major issues at both outside backer spots. The big if’s are, can Carter rebound and be a great player they thought he would be. Can Wilbur man one of the outside positions fulltime. And lastly can Holloman or Hitchens push any of the starters out. The safety position is still a pathetic mess until they prove otherwise. It is manned with a bunch of UDFA’s and mid round draft picks from small schools. They all lack great coverage ability and range to help the corners in cover two or three. This group needs guys to step up and play a whole lot better or 8-8 or worse is coming again. They only way they are a bit better without the improvements is if offense is still great and their new OC runs the ball more and works the clock so the defense is off of the field a lot more than they were last year with JG running the O. Thats a lot of If’s and improvement needed and I just dont know if they have the talent to make that jump past 8-8 especially with the harder schedule this year.

    • blake

      Exactly David…exactly…i cringe every time a team throws deep on us.

  • Bill Smith

    In my opinion, if our defensive backfield , including both corners as well as safties fails again, this team is in a world of trouble.

    • Scott.

      Your are correct especially with the brutal schedule. I hope I’m wrong but 7-9 looks like good to me.