The Dallas Cowboys' fifth pick in the 2022 NFL draft was taken by the Washington Commanders the other day. After getting waived by the Cowboys before the Bengals game, Defensive tackle John Ridgeway was picked up by the Commanders.
The #Commanders have claimed former #Cowboys DT John Ridgeway, source said. The former fifth-rounder gives Washington some DL depth.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2022
Due to all the injuries the Cowboys team has been facing, before each game, they have needed to make roster changes and moves. The Cowboys were planning on waiving him so that they could eventually place John on their practice squad.
This didn't happen though because the Commanders got to him first.
Ridgeway was from the University of Arkansas but only played one year. From the beginning when Dallas drafted him, they planned to get him on the practice squad. Now that he's gone, what does this mean for the Cowboys?
Well, nothing too major to worry about. Yes, they lost one of their newly acquired draft picks very early in the season, but if the plan wasn't even to use him, then there's nothing to worry about.
What Dallas needs to focus on though is NOT HAVING MORE INJURIES. The main reason we lost John Ridgeway in the first place was because of all the team's injuries. Now, Dak Prescott has a thumb injury that could last another 4-5 weeks.
John Ridgeway overall isn't a bad loss on the Cowboys' part, but it should be a warning to fans that this isn't good. What's gonna happen when we have to put a better player on waive?
Overall, this isn't anything to stress about, as long as John Ridgeway doesn't end up being the next Bob Lilly while he's in Washington. I hope in the future we can avoid these cuts and waivers though because it's not ever a good thing when a team loses players.
We'll see if this will be Karma for the Cowboys later in the season when they play the Commanders.