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Cowboys Set 53-Man Roster, K Dan Bailey Among Cuts



Cowboys Set 53-Man Roster, K Dan Bailey Among Cuts

With the close of preseason comes the often-dreaded cut-down day in the NFL, and today the Dallas Cowboys have squared their roster at 53, per league rules. While many of the names on the final cut list tend not to surprise, there are always at least a few that incur the ire of Cowboys Nation. This year, the headliner has to be Kicker Dan Bailey.

The complete list of Cowboys roster cuts ahead of the 2018 regular season includes 36 players. Here they are, as reported Saturday.

Waived Players:

  1. K Dan Bailey (Oklahoma State)
  2. WR Lance Lenoir (Western Illinois)
  3. DE Kony Ealy (Missouri)
  4. G/T Chaz Green (Florida)
  5. RB Darius Jackson (Eastern Michigan)
  6. DT Lewis Neal (Louisiana State)
  7. RB Bo Scarbrough (Alabama)
  8. DE Charles Tapper (Oklahoma)
  9. CB Duke Thomas (Texas)
  10. WR Deonte Thompson (Florida)
  11. DT Jihad Ward (Illinois)
  12. CB Marquez White (Florida State)
  13. WR Dres Anderson (Utah)
  14. G Kyle Bosch (West Virginia)
  15. T Jake Campos (Iowa State)
  16. WR K.D. Cannon (Baylor)
  17. WR Darren Carrington (Utah)
  18. RB Jordan Chunn (Troy)
  19. LS Scott Daly (Notre Dame)
  20. T Matt Diaz (Wagner)
  21. S Jeron Johnson (Boise State)
  22. LB Tre'Von Johnson (Weber State)
  23. CB Kam Kelly (San Diego State)
  24. LB Joel Lanning (Iowa State)
  25. DE Austin Larkin (Purdue)
  26. G Damien Mama (Southern California)
  27. WR Mekale McKay (Cincinnati)
  28. C Jacob Ohnesorge (South Dakota State)
  29. CB Donovan Olumba (Portland State)
  30. LB Eric Pinkins (San Diego State)
  31. LB Kyle Queiro (Northwestern)
  32. DT Caraun Reid (Princeton)
  33. S Dominick Sanders (Georgia)
  34. TE David Wells (San Diego State)

Waived/Injured Players:

  1. S Marqueston Huff (Wyoming)
  2. RB Trey Williams (Texas A&M)

The most notable players being at the top, that list include names like Dan Bailey, Lance Lenoir, Darius Jackson, Deonte Thompson, and Charles Tapper, though Lenoir and Tapper are likely targets for the practice squad. We've seen many predictions where Lenoir and/or Thompson made the cut at wide receiver, a dead hope at this point.

As of yet, we do not know what DAL is planning by cutting the franchise's most accurate kicker, just that they stand to gain $3.4-mil in cap space each of 2018, 2019, and 2020, and eat $800,000 in dead money this year. Could they be freeing up some space to make a move for a veteran? I know many people I talked to first thought of Earl Thomas when they heard the news, and I agree that could be a distant possibility.

Brett Maher -- now the team's starting place kicker -- booted a field goal from 57-yards out in the Cowboys' preseason finale, which is impressive. However, as impressive as that may be, it still seems tough to grasp Bailey being cut when we know the injuries he battled in 2017, arguably the worst season of his career.

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  1. Hoosiers86

    September 1, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    I would be shocked if Earl Thomas is not a Dallas Cowboy this week.

    • texasaaa

      September 2, 2018 at 3:11 am

      Be prepared to be shocked….

  2. David L. Dillard

    September 1, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    This is a list of the cut players….Where is the list of players on the team, as the heading of this article said?

  3. David carter

    September 1, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Sorry to seem like a hater here but it seems to me whenever we’ve needed a huge clutch field goal in an important game that’s where Baileys rare misses were. Never liked him. Can’t appologize for how I feel. I just seems that way to me. Next man up. Go Cowboys!

    • texasaaa

      September 2, 2018 at 3:11 am

      Im going to pretend I didn’t see this post. Sheesh

      • David carter

        September 2, 2018 at 7:37 am

        Dan Bailey carter playoff field goal percentage is 66.7. That doesn’t include missing field goals in the final game of the season twice in win and you’re in games. Romo took all the heat while Bailey got a free ride. Look it up if you don’t believe me. I did. Sheesh

        • David carter

          September 2, 2018 at 7:39 am

          Oh. Almost forgot. 0% in the Dez catch game.

        • texasaaa

          September 10, 2018 at 12:39 am

          You feel better after game one? SHEESH

          • David carter

            September 10, 2018 at 7:14 am

            Bailey might have made it but we will never know. He missed a few in camp with zero pressure. Can’t help but wonder why he hasn’t found a new home yet?

          • David carter

            September 10, 2018 at 7:18 am

            In short. Never liked bailey. Seen him miss field goals in too many big games. The whole team wasn’t prepared at all. This loss is not on the kicker it’s on the coaching staff. Sorry but the playoff stats are what they are. Bailey choked in big games. Get back to me after a playoff game or two bud.

          • texasaaa

            September 10, 2018 at 11:17 pm

            Never liked the best or next to best kicker in football? You set your goals pretty high for a kicker lol

          • texasaaa

            September 30, 2018 at 2:06 am

            I hope your right for the sake of the Boys… doesn’t look like it’s going to matter much this year.

          • David carter

            September 30, 2018 at 9:23 am

            No doubt. Looks like today’s game is a must win for the coaching staff. Any given Sunday my friend. Hopefully Butler will have a big day.

        • texasaaa

          September 30, 2018 at 2:09 am

          Now I can believe that Tony got ALL the heat. Just hope this new kid turns out for all our sakes.

          • David carter

            September 30, 2018 at 9:26 am

            Me too. He should be good in cold weather after spending some time in the cfl. The ball in the cfl is fatter too. Makes working it a little different. He will be better than he was the last time he tried out for the experience of Canadian ball

  4. David carter

    September 1, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    The trade for ward looks even worse now than it did then! Meanwhile in Seattle they have a stud linebacker with the best combine results ever for a lb. what a joke. Pfft! Crazy thing is Griffin would make an even better box safety than linebacker. Brutal!

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Tony Romo Won’t Be the Next Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator

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It Is Time for the Dallas Cowboys to Move on From Tony Romo

The pipe dream has been going on since former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback-turned CBS Analyst Tony Romo hung up his cleats for the black blazer. Fans from all corners of Cowboys Nation have clamored for a return to the field or at worst the sideline as the Cowboys offensive coordinator.

Let me stop you right there. It's not happening.

First of all. He's never been a coach at any level of football, so to assume that he could leave the broadcast booth and step into coaching an NFL offense and doing so at a high level is a huge leap of faith in number 9. Sure, Jon Gruden left the Monday Night Football booth for his lucrative deal with the Oakland Raiders, but he had won a Super Bowl and had been an offensive coordinator and head coach in the NFL for years before joining the broadcasting ranks.

Tony Romo has an excellent understanding of football. He displays it on a regular basis during the CBS broadcasts. But doing from the broadcast view, seeing what the defense is trying to do, and calling the plays to counter what the defense is trying to do are very different things.

Secondly, the coaching job would be a major time commitment that at the moment he doesn't have. Even if he's working a 40 hour work week in preparation for his three-hour time slot, the demands on NFL coaches are easily twice that with many coaches putting in 100 hour work weeks in preparation for Sundays. Tony Romo has a family that even he's talked about as part of the reason that he went into broadcasting instead of looking to hop on with another NFL team.

Finally, the job would mean a significant pay cut from what Romo is already making. It's estimated that the former Cowboys quarterback is making anywhere from $5-10 million dollars a year with CBS. Jason Garrett is making $6 million per year as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, so even if the Jones family was willing to pay first-time NFL coach Tony Romo a ton of money to come out of the broadcast booth, there's zero chance they pay him what he's making as a broadcaster. To do so, would be to undercut the head coach. Jason Garrett is Jerry Jones' guy. The owner and general manager wants Garrett to be the guy that leads the Cowboys to Super Bowl success, so there's zero chance he'd pay a coordinator close to Garrett's money, which would lead to constant speculation about the head coach and his future with the organization.

I love Tony Romo. His jersey is one of only two Cowboys jerseys that I own -- along with Darren Woodson -- and I think he could make a good coach one day, but I'd be hard pressed to see him come out of the coaching booth to take a coordinator job and have immediate success. The guys that are offensive coordinators in the NFL have been grinding for years to earn their jobs. Most started as position coaches -- see Sean McVay as Redskins TE coach. The Dallas Cowboys will spend the next few days, and perhaps weeks, identifying their replacement for Scott Linehan, but let's put to bed the dream of Romo as offensive coordinator.

It's just not going to happen.

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Cowboys Sign WR Devin Smith, Former 2nd-Round Pick

Jess Haynie



Devin Smith

The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly signed Receiver Devin Smith, previously with the New York Jets, to a futures contract. Smith was a 2nd-round pick, 37th overall, in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Before going pro, Devin was a college teammate of current Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith, and Noah Brown. They were all members of the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes team that won the National Championship.

Smith's agent, Jason Bernstein, tweeting the following earlier today:

Jason Bernstein on Twitter

Congrats to WR Devin Smith @dsmithosu for signing with the #DallasCowboys! Welcome back.

Thus far, Smith's NFL career has been marred by injuries. He has suffered two ACL tears in the same knee and only been able to appear in 14 games. He was waived by the Jets last summer and was not with any team last season.

Overall, the 2015 class of receivers has been disappointing. Amari Cooper has been a star and other later-round picks like Tyler Lockett, Stefon Diggs, and Jamison Crowder have been good. But the other big names of the class, such as Kevin White, Breshad Perriman, and DeVante Parker, have not lived up to the hype.

The Cowboys are known for trying to reclaim players who once had high draft status and bad starts to their careers. They are clearly hoping to cash in on Smith's previously perceived potential, which had him projected as a possible first-round talent at one time.

For both Devin and Dallas' sake, we hope it's a success!

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Breaking: Scott Linehan and Dallas Cowboys Part Ways

John Williams



Scott Linehan Acknowledges Need for New "Wrinkles" in Cowboys Offense

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan have mutually agreed to part ways following a tumultuous season that saw the Dallas Cowboys offense finish outside the top 12 three out of his four seasons in Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Sources: The #Cowboys are firing OC Scott Linehan. Taking their offense in a new direction. An announcement is coming.

Scott Linehan was brought in prior to the 2015 season and saw his offenses finish 31st, fifth, 14th, and 22nd in his four years as the Cowboys play caller. The 2015 season can be excused as the Cowboys rolled out Kellen Moore, Matt Cassell, and Brandon Weeden for 13 starts after Tony Romo was injured twice during the season, but the team 2-11 in those 13 starts and the Cowboys failed to make the playoffs despite a strong performance on the defensive side of the football.

The Cowboys saw an offense that finished fifth in the NFL in points in 2016 decline each of the last two offseasons and Linehan has been continually criticized by analysts, fans, and players as well.

Many believe that the reason that Dez Bryant and Brice Butler weren't brought back in the offseason was because of the public criticism of the offense and the play caller instilling the offense and that criticism has carried over to this season when Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper acknowledged that the Philadelphia Eagles were sitting on the slant routes that they had run all game. Dak mentioned that he changed Amari's route to a go route, which led to a 75 yard touchdown that helped open up the offense.

Cole Beasley has been frustrated with his role for much of the season and deservedly so. He was often non-existent in the offensive game plan until the final five minutes of football games.

In the running game, the offense had become too predictable and reliant upon jumbo formations that led to Ezekiel Elliott having to run against eight in the box anywhere from 25-30% of the time. For perspective, Todd Gurley only ran against eight-man fronts around eight percent of the time. Scott Linehan never looked to attempt to take players out of the box, instead insisting on motioning more players into the box for the offensive line and Ezekiel Elliott to run against. It's amazing when you think about it, that Ezekiel Elliott was able to win the rushing title when facing loaded fronts as often as he did.

This was a move that needed to happen and the Dallas Cowboys didn't need to waste anymore time to make it happen. The offense had become stale and frustrating for the players as well as the fans. While Jason Garrett started the offseason saying he "didn't expect any changes," this was a move that absolutely had to happen for the offense to take a step forward. Below, you can read Jason Garrett's announcement on the move.

Mike Garafolo on Twitter

Cowboys have fired Scott Linehan

Even after the move for Amari Cooper, the offense looked better, but it still struggled at times to move the football.

The Cowboys have a young team with especially young players on the offensive side of the football. They have a quarterback who can throw from the pocket, but has excellent movement skills and capabilities of throwing the ball on the run. He's an excellent runner on designed runs. Despite us knowing all that, Scott Linehan looked reluctant to use him on designed quarterback runs that weren't read options or speed options. What you saw on designed runs in the Seattle game is what this team should be doing five times a game.

Now the question becomes, who should the Cowboys next offensive coordinator be? Our own, Staff Writer Brian Martin, laid out 5 Options to be the Next Offensive Coordinator earlier this week. I suggest you give it a read.

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