Cowboys 2016 Roster Cuts: 4 Most Surprising Moves

The Dallas have made their final cuts down to the 53 players that will represent America’s Team against the in eight days. Some surprising names did not make it past final cuts, which you can track right here.

The Cowboys do have a high priority on the at fourth overall, so there is still a chance to replace this outgoing talent with fresh bodies. For now, here are the four names that jumped out to me when the Cowboys announced their cuts.

TE Rico Gathers

The Cowboys had four picks in the of the 2016 draft, and used one such pick to take a chance on Baylor University basketball star Rico Gathers. Gathers, with his immense size and talent-ceiling, instantly became a fan favorite player to watch throughout .

In , Gathers did not do much to develop in his first organized football action since high school, and only made his presence felt in the final game on Thursday against the Texans.

Dallas’ situation at tight end was going to be an interesting one after the to James Hanna, and they decided to go short in replacing their primary blocking tight end by moving on from Gathers along with Austin Traylor.

Gathers would be eligible for the Cowboys’ if no other team claims him off of waivers.

TE Austin Traylor

Speaking of Traylor, the long shot upon his out of Wisconsin actually played well as a potential replacement to Hanna as a physical blocker.

Ultimately, the Cowboys’ decision to hold onto two fullbacks – and core players – in and forced them to move on from a player with as limited of a role as Traylor.

Geoff Swaim, a favorite target of this preseason, will be asked to take on a larger role as a pass catcher as well as a blocker now.


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Sep 1, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; (5) is hit by defensive end Mike McAdoo (66) as he throws a touchdown pass in the second quarter at . Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

DE Mike McAdoo

It would be hard to find another team in the NFL with a worse situation at defensive end than the Cowboys. Still, the team has moved on from two rushers in the past two days, starting with Ryan Russell.

McAdoo, while incredibly raw, was speculated as a LDE replacement for Russell until returns from his four game . Now, Dallas will likely rely on while keeping a close eye on the waiver wire.

I’ll be hoping for defensive end Tyrone Holmes, a recently released sixth round pick from the Jaguars, to end up in the silver and blue prior to week 1.

CB Deji Olatoye

Ever since seeing significant playing time near the end of the 2015 season, Deji Olatoye has been one of my “pet cat” players in the Dallas . His struggles against the Texans in the final preseason game ultimately cost Deji his spot on the team, but prior to that Olatoye presented a desirable combination of cover ability and physical size that made him a roster lock for some.

Isaiah Frey was also released by the team, who may have been able to offer more versatility to ’s as both a corner and a . Instead, has played his way onto the roster as a corner back and punt return option with virtually no experience at safety.

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