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Cowboys Cut QB Clayton Thorson, OL Adam Redmond Ahead of Deadline

The deadline for NFL teams to get down to 53 players on their official rosters is this Saturday, September 5th, by 4:00 pm EST. But the Dallas Cowboys are already working toward that goal by releasing two backup candidates, Quarterback Clayton Thorson and Offensive Lineman Adam Redmond.

The release of Thorson confirms what most had already projected; 7th-round rookie Ben DiNucci is now the clear choice to be the Cowboys’ third QB behind Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton. The question now is if DiNucci will fill that role on the active roster or from the practice squad.

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The Cowboys are beginning to make some of their roster moves with having to get down to the 53-man limit by Saturday, releasing quarterback Clayton Thorson and offensive lineman Adam Redmond, according to sources. Thorson spent last year on the practice… https://t.co/cLGf0AEqxn

I didn’t have Redmond on my last 53-man roster projection but he was definitely one of the toughest guys to cut. His playing experience and versatility on the interior line are good assets.

Unfortunately for him, the Cowboys’ offensive line depth is already loaded with position flexibility. I imagine Dallas will just keep nine linemen with Cam Erving, Brandon Knight, Connor McGovern, and Tyler Biadasz backing up the starters.

One of the usual reasons that teams cut players early is to give them a chance to catch on somewhere else. With Thorson having been a 5th-round pick in 2019 and Redmond having some real-game experience, they both have decent opportunities to do that.

Stay tuned to Inside The Star throughout the week for updated as the Cowboys trim down the roster ahead of the 2020 regular season.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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  1. n the case of Redmond, once its determined to cut him and yet he doesn’t catch on elsewhere, is this also in indication he won’t be considered for the practice squad as well? Or he is ineligible?

    • Secondly, I appreciate the opportunity provided to him to have time to try to catch on elsewhere, but if he was the 10th best guy, wouldn’t you wan to wait to make sure you don’t get an injury over the remainder of this week first? Maybe Redmond isn’t as close to making the roster as we would have thought?

      • Maybe they’re hoping other teams will be too busy making their own cuts to snatch him up in the 24 hours needed to clear waivers. 😉 Once he’s clear of waivers, they can sign him to the PS when they get down to the 53.

        Or, there may be something else going on health or scheme-fit-wise that led the new coaches to say he’s just not worth the roster or PS spot anymore.

        Personally, I thought he played pretty darn well when he had an opportunity. The coaches may have seen otherwise.

  2. With Smith/Collins/Williams/McGovern(and some back ups) all with injury histories and/or coming off an injury, the chances of the backup(s) logging significant time at some point in the season is pretty good. Smith would obviously be the biggest loss, but RT has become an important position in the NFL as well. We all know how quickly a promising season can become derailed when the injury bug hits the O line. Tough/important decisions on who we keep.

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