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.
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
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) September 2, 2020
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.