With several of their players clearing waivers following Saturday’s final cuts, the Dallas Cowboys have added ten of them back to their practice squad for 2017.
Saturday was a very busy day for the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys, along with every other NFL team, were required by the league to reduce their 90-man rosters down to just 53 players. That means 37 players were either released to free agency or sent to the waiver wire.
Out of those who were waived, a majority of them went unclaimed. Dallas has now saved ten of those players from the unemployment line and signed them to their practice squad.
Those ten players are….
Marquez White, Cornerback
Lewis Neal, Defensive Tackle
Lance Lenoir, Wide Receiver
Brian Brown, Wide Receiver
Richard Ash, Defensive Tackle
Kadeem Edwards, Guard
Blake Jarwin, Tight End
Jameill Showers, Safety
Dan Skipper, Offensive Tackle
Nate Theaker, Guard
Marquez White, a sixth round selection in this year’s draft, makes the practice squad after many thought he’d be included on the active roster following the injury suffered by cornerback Duke Thomas. But the Cowboys traded for Cincinnati Bengals corner Bené Benwikere on Saturday, making White expendable.
Many fans will be happy to see defensive tackle Lewis Neal make the practice squad. The former LSU defensive standout was impressive in the preseason despite being undersized (6-0, 280) for the position.
Wide receivers Lance Lenoir and Brian Brown both make the practice squad as well, after solid training camp and preseason performances. One receiver of note who did not make the team is second-year wide out Andy Jones as he was claimed by the Houston Texans and will now be placed on their active roster.
Each NFL team is allowed to have a total of 10 players on their practice squad. These player only practice with the team and do not participate in games. Also, these players aren’t protected, so they can be signed away by other NFL teams and added to their active rosters with the exception of an opposing franchise the team faces that upcoming week.