Sprinkle on top? What to make of Cowboys latest additions

Jeremy Sprinkle, Washington Football Team, (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Jeremy Sprinkle, Washington Football Team, (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys have continued their historically active free agency period by reportedly bringing in two new additions to America’s Team. The team has reportedly agreed to terms with veteran punter Bryan Anger and former Washington Football Team tight end Jeremy Sprinkle.

Anger, who has played nine seasons in the NFL, averaged 46.4 yards per punt while pinning opponents within the 20-yard line roughly 35 percent of the time last season. The 32-year old is expected to compete with Cowboys’ punter Hunter Niswander for the starting role next year.

The organizations’ other recent addition, tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, has been a backup tight end for the Washington Football team for his entire four-year NFL career. The 26-year old posted his best (by a longshot) statistical season in 2019 when he finished the year with 26 catches and 241 receiving yards.

The move to pick up the young tight end, who was drafted by Washington in the fifth round back in 2017, also seems likely to create some competition for Dallas. Earlier this offseason, the organization saw one of its backup tight ends, Blake Bell, picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs. It is very likely that Sprinkle will compete with tight end Sean McKeon to determine who will be the teams’ third-string player at the position.

The 23-year old, who was picked up by Dallas last year as an undrafted rookie, had 668 receiving yards and six touchdowns during his collegiate career at Michigan.

These moves seem to indicate that the team believes that their current roster could benefit from added competition and depth. Both Anger and Sprinkle are solid additions (though there is no guarantee the latter will make the team) who will hopefully encourage healthy competition in Dallas. However, neither of these moves should change the calculus of the teams’ draft strategy moving forward (No, it does not take Kyle Pitts off the board).

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The Dallas Cowboys have been uncharacteristically active in free agency this offseason. Though the team has not really made any big splashes thus far they have made a handful of solid additions to bolster their special teams, defensive line depth, and secondary. Hopefully, these additions will provide America’s Team with the help they need to have a shot at the playoffs next season.