Taking a look at how the Cowboys have built their 2014 Training Camp Roster, the Cowboys currently have 92 players: 88 players on the Active Roster, 2 players on Active Reserve, and 2 players on Inactive Reserve.
Of those players, 59 were originally drafted or signed as Undrafted College Free Agents (UCFA). Thirty-three of those players were originally drafted or signed by other NFL teams (shown in parentheses after the names. Forty-six of the players were drafted, and the other 46 were UCFA’s. Of the drafted players, 31 of them were drafted by the Cowboys, and 15 were signed as Veteran Free Agents or acquired in trade.
Here is the breakdown of players, by the round they were drafted in:
- 9 - 1st Round Picks – Bryant, Claiborne, Frederick, Martin, R.McClain(OAK), Okoye(HOU), T.Smith, Spencer, Weeden(CLE)
- 6 - 2nd Round Picks – Carter, Durant(JAC), Escobar, D.Lawrence, Lee, R.Williams(ARI)
- 7 - 3rd Round Picks – Crawford, T.McClain(CAR), Murray, Wilcox, T.Williams, Wilson(NO), Witten
- 6 - 4th Round Picks – Free, Hitchens, Johnson, Melton(CHI), Webb, Wilber
- 5 - 5th Round Picks – Carr(KC), Nwaneri(JAC), Randle, Scandrick, Street
- 6 - 6th Round Picks – Briscoe(CIN), Hanna, Harris, Hayden(CAR), Holloman, Mincey(NE)
- 7 - 7th Round Picks – Bernadeau(CAR), Bishop, Dixon, Gardner, Mitchell, Selvie(STL), W.Smith
- 46 - Undrafted Free Agents – Adams, Aladenoye, Bailey, Beasley, Benford, Boatright(SEA), Boyd, Bush, Byrd(ARI), Church, Clutts(CHI), Coleman, Copeland, Dunbar, Goodin(NYG), Green(NE), Hanie(CHI), Heath, Hamilton, Hornsey, Jones, Krieter, Ladouceur(NO), C.Lawrence, Leary, Lemon, Minter(CHI), Moore(Oak), Najvar, Newsome(JAC), Ojomo(NYG), Patmon, Patrick, Parnell(NO), Rayford(WAS), Romo, Sapp, K.Smith, R.Smith, Thomas(NO), Tribue(DEN), Vaughn, Watson(NE), Weems(IND), Wetzel(OAK), Whaley
Rookie in Italics - Projected Starters in Red
Here is the order in which the current players on the roster were acquired.
- 4/26/2003 – Jason Witten (3rd round)
- 4/28/2003 – Tony Romo (UCFA, PS)
- 9/28/2005 – Louis-Philippe Ladouceur (UCFA) – entered NFL in 2005 as UCFA (NO)
- 4/29/2007 – Doug Free (4th round)
- 4/27/2008 – Orlando Scandrick (5th round)
- 4/22/2010 – Dez Bryant – (1st round)
- 4/25/2010 – Barry Church (UCFA)
- 10/14/2010 – Jermey Parnell (signed off NO PS) – entered NFL in 2009 as UCFA, PS (NO)
- 4/28/2011 – Tyron Smith (1st round)
- 4/29/2011 – Bruce Carter (2nd round)
- 4/29/2011 – DeMarco Murray (3rd round)
- 4/30/2011 – Dwayne Harris (6th round, PS)
- 5/1/2011 – Chris Jones (UCFA)
- 7/25/2011 – Dan Bailey (UCFA)
- 3/14/2012 – Brandon Carr (VFA) – entered NFL in 2008 in 5th round (KC)
- 3/14/2012 – Mackenzy Bernadeau (VFA) – entered NFL in 2008 in 7th round (CAR)
- 4/26/2012 – Morris Claiborne (1st round)
- 4/27/2012 – Tyrone Crawford (3rd round)
- 4/28/2012 – Kyle Wilbur (4th round)
- 4/28/2012 – Matt Johnson (4th round)
- 4/28/2012 – James Hanna (6th round)
- 4/29/2012 – Cole Beasley (UCFA)
- 4/29/2012 – Lance Dunbar (UCFA, PS)
- 4/29/2012 – Ron Leary (UCFA, PS)
- 4/29/2012 – Tim Benford (UCFA, PS)
- 11/30/2012 – Sterling Moore (signed off NE PS) – entered NFL in 2011 as UCFA, PS (OAK)
- 12/5/2012 – Darrion Weems (signed off DEN PS) – entered NFL in 2012 as UCFA, PS (IND)
- 2/11/2013 – Nick Hayden (VFA) – entered NFL in 2008 in 6th round (CAR)
- 3/27/2013 – Justin Durant (VFA) – entered NFL in 2007 in 2nd round (JAC)
- 4/25/2013 – Travis Frederick (1st round)
- 4/26/2013 – Gavin Escobar (2nd round)
- 4/26/2013 – Terrance Williams (3rd round)
- 4/26/2013 – J.J. Wilcox (3rd round)
- 4/27/2013 – B.W. Webb (4th round)
- 4/27/2013 – Joseph Randle (5th round)
- 4/27/2013 – Davonte Holloman (6th round)
- 4/28/2013 – Jeff Heath (UCFA)
- 4/28/2013 – Jakar Hamilton (UCFA, PS)
- 4/28/2013 – Cameron Lawrence (UCFA, PS)
- 7/24/2013 – George Selvie (VFA) – entered NFL in 2010 in 7th round (STL)
- 9/3/2013 – Caesar Rayford (VFA, PS – CFL and AFL) – entered NFL in 2013 as CFL/AFL VFA (IND)
- 9/17/2013 – Jamar Newsome (VFA, PS) – entered NFL in 2011 as UCFA (JAC)
- 11/12/2013 – John Wetzel (UCFA, PS) – entered NFL in 2013 as UCFA (OAK)
- 11/21/2013 – Orie Lemon (signed off ARI PS) – entered NFL in 2011 as UCFA (DAL, PS)
- 11/26/2013 – Martez Wilson (VFA) – entered NFL in 2011 as 3rd round pick (NO)
- 12/3/2013 – Tyler Clutts (VFA) – entered NFL in 2008 as UCFA, PS (CHI, PS)
- 3/12/2014 – Jeremy Mincey (VFA) – entered NFL in 2006 as 6th round pick (NE)
- 3/12/2014 – Terrell McClain (VFA) – entered NFL in 2011 as 3rd round pick (CAR)
- 3/17/2014 – Brandon Weeden (VFA) – entered NFL in 2012 as 1st round pick (CLE)
- 3/18/2014 – Henry Melton (VFA) – entered NFL in 2009 as 4th round pick (CHI)
- 4/24/2014 – Caleb Hanie (VFA) – entered NFL in 2008 as UCFA (CHI)
- 5/1/2014 – LaRon Byrd (VFA) – entered NFL in 2012 as UCFA (ARI)
- 5/8/2014 – Zach Martin (1st round pick)
- 5/9/2014 – DeMarcus Lawrence (2nd round pick)
- 5/10/2014 – Anthony Hitchens (4th round pick)
- 5/10/2014 – Devin Street (5th round pick)
- 5/10/2014 – Ben Gardner (7th round pick)
- 5/10/2014 – Will Smith (7th round pick)
- 5/10/2014 – Ahmad Dixon (7th round pick)
- 5/10/2014 – Ken Bishop (7th round pick)
- 5/10/2014 – Terrance Mitchell (7th round pick)
- 5/11/2014 – Josh Aladenoye (UCFA) - $5K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Chris Boyd (UCFA) - $3.5K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Davon Coleman (UCFA) - $1.5K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – J.C. Copeland (UCFA) - $2K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Casey Kreiter (UCFA) - $3K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Jordan Najvar (UCFA) – $1.5K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Ronald Patrick (UCFA) - $1.5K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Dontavis Sapp (UCFA) - $1K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Keith Smith (UCFA) - $2K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Ryan Smith (UCFA) - $1.5K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Dustin Vaughn (UCFA) - $5K bonus
- 5/19/2014 – Ryan Williams (VFA) – entered NFL in 2011 as 2nd round pick (ARI)
- 5/21/2014 – Tyler Patmon (UCFA)
- 6/10/2014 – Dartwan Bush (UCFA)
- 7/1/2014 – Rolando McClain (Trade with BAL) – entered NFL in 2010 as 1st round pick (OAK)
- 7/21/2014 – Dezmon Briscoe (VFA) – entered NFL in 2010 as 6th round pick (CIN)
- 7/25/2014 – Uche Nwaneri – (VFA) – entered NFL in 2007 as 5th round pick (JAC)
- 8/1/2014 – Kenneth Boatright (VFA) – entered NFL in 2013 as UCFA (SEA)
- 8/1/2014 – Adewale Ojomo (VFA) – entered NFL in 2012 as UCFA (NYG)
- 8/4/2014 – Wayne Tribue (VFA) – entered NFL in 2012 as UCFA, PS (DEN)
- 8/6/2014 – Johnny Thomas (UCFA) – entered NFL in 2012 as UCFA (NO)
- 8/9/2014 – D.J. Adams (UCFA)
- 8/11/2014 – Tom Hornsey (UCFA)
- 8/12/2014 – Stephen Goodin (VFA) – entered NFL in 2012 as UCFA (NYG)
- 8/12/2014 – Justin Green (Trade with NE) – entered NFL in 2013 as UCFA (NE)
- 8/14/2014 – Zach Minter (VFA) – entered NFL in 2013 as UCFA (CHI)
- 8/14/2014 – Asa Watson (UCFA) – entered NFL in 2014 as UCFA (NE)
Reserve List Players
- 4/28/2007 – Anthony Spencer (1st round) – Active Reserve, Physically Unable to Perform List
- 4/23/2010 – Sean Lee – (2nd round) – Inactive Reserve, Injured
- 5/11/2014 – Chris Whaley (UCFA) - $5K bonus, Inactive, Non-Football Illness
- 5/16/2014 – Amobi Okoye (VFA) – entered NFL in 2007 as 1st round pick (HOU), Active Reserve, Non Football Injury
The Cowboys have waived 12 of the original 21 UCFA’s they signed right after the draft. The Cowboys have since signed an additional 16 players, including 5 more undrafted rookie free agents and 11 veteran free agents.
Rookies that have already been waived:
5/11/14 – S – Marvin Robinson – UDFA ($2K bonus) - waived
5/11/14 – OG - Brian Clarke – UDFA ($1.5K bonus) – waived injured
5/11/14 – OG - Andre Cureton – UDFA ($3K bonus) - waived
5/11/14 – RB - Ben Malena – UDFA ($2K bonus) waived injured
5/11/14 – LB - Joe Windsor – UDFA ($1.5K bonus) waived
5/11/14 – RB - Glasco Martin – UDFA - waived
5/11/14 – CB – Dashaun Phillips – UDFA ($7.5K bonus) waived
5/11/14 – CB – Jocquel Skinner – UDFA ($1.5K bonus) waived
5/11/14 – OG - Jarrod Pughsley – UDFA ($5K bonus) waived
5/11/14 – P - Cody Mandell – UDFA ($2K bonus) waived
5/11/14 – TE - Evan Wilson – UDFA ($2.5K bonus) waived
5/11/14 – WR - L’Damian Washington – UDFA ($7K bonus) waived injured
Zack Martin, Xavier Woods Suffer Preseason Injuries, Cowboys Down 2 Starters
Last Saturday night didn't end well for the Dallas Cowboys, who saw multiple players go down throughout the game, most notably Zack Martin and Xavier Woods. Preseason injuries are always the more painful ones, and when we're talking about someone like Martin, it just makes it worse.
Martin suffered a knee injury and was ruled out after going down. ESPN's Todd Archer tweeted out that a source had claimed the injury was a hyper-extended left knee. This surely would be great news considering the fear right now is a season-ending injury.
A source said the initial diagnosis of Zack Martin is a hyperextended left knee, but he will undergo an MRI on Sunday. The Cowboys do not practice again until Monday and play Aug. 26 against the Arizona Cardinals. Depending on the severity of the... https://t.co/1MPbJfQph8
Zack is set to have an MRI on Sunday and the team is hopeful the injury isn't that serious. We probably won't see the All-Pro left guard return in the preseason but could see him back on the field as soon as September 9th when the Cowboys kick their season off at Carolina.
Besides Zack Martin being the best offensive guard in the NFL, the Cowboys' offensive line depth is definitely not good. If his injury proves to be worse than what the front office believes, this offense will have to play without arguably their best player.
As we nervously await more news on Martin's knee, there are more injured players to talk about.
Xavier Woods injured his hamstring as he made an effort to intercept the ball and was also ruled out for the game. We still don't know about the severity, but we do know it's the same hamstring that he dealt with last year.
Although Woods isn't anywhere near Zack Martin as a football player, his injury comes at the team's weakest position in depth. Jeff Heath, Kavon Frazier and Xavier Woods are the Cowboys' only legitimate safeties that will earn a roster spot.
If the hamstring injury is serious enough to keep him sidelined for multiple weeks, we could see the Cowboys getting outside help for the defensive backfield. Whether that means trading for Earl Thomas, some other safety or looking at the free agents available, I don't see the team going into the season with two safeties on the roster.
For now, we need to wait for more results regarding both of these players who will be detrimental to this team's success in 2018. The Cowboys suffered more injuries than these ones, though.
And the injuries continue... Jameill Showers is down on the Cowboys sideline with what looks like a knee injury. Still down. Duke Thomas Datone Jones Bo Scarbrough Xavier Woods and the big one, Zack Martin That's the injury list for the Cowboys tonight.
Datone Jones has been impressive during his stay in Dallas and is a quality DT and was ruled out for the game after getting tangled up with the Bengal's offensive line. Seventh-round draft pick Bo Scarbrough suffered a hip injury and is apparently not severe either.
Compared to Woods' and Martin's injuries, these ones won't keep Cowboys' fans up at night. However, hopefully they all turn out to be okay and ready to play as soon as possible. The team's starters make this team a legit threat in the NFC, but when it comes to depth, they're not in a good position.
Sean’s Scout: Starting Front 7 Sets Tone Early, Cowboys Depth Falters in Loss to Bengals
The Dallas Cowboys are halfway through their 2018 preseason. Given the injuries they're left to deal with to Zack Martin, Xavier Woods, and Jameill Showers, the Cowboys were happy to see their first home game of the season come to an end when it did. Despite the 21-13 loss, the Cowboys starters made another strong impression before exiting for backups that once again failed to hold the lead.
This is a game I'm looking forward to getting another look at on film, but for now here are a few thoughts the first time through.
- Rookie Connor Williams is still a work in progress at guard, as he'll get himself in trouble trying to catch rushers too often.
This "catch blocking" is not uncommon for young offensive linemen, particularly ones learning a new position in preparation to start on the league's best front. On the Cowboys second drive of the game, Williams was caught back in his stance dealing with a twist from the Bengals with Left Tackle Tyron Smith.
The result of the play was an incomplete pass on third down from Dak Prescott. With Williams' footwork being as consistent as it has, I wouldn't worry too much about his upper body technique and strength improving greatly before week one of the regular season. Perhaps most importantly, Williams has looked smooth playing in space, something the Cowboys are prepared to ask the second round pick to do plenty of.
- With Randy Gregory back in the lineup, the Cowboys potential to have a great rotation of defensive ends was on full display.
The play that stands out is a tackle for loss by Safety Jeff Heath. On the play, Defensive End Tyrone Crawford did a great job setting the edge against the run, allowing Heath to come down and make the aggressive play.
Crawford created penetration against a tight end, staying disciplined in his rush lane from the right defensive end position to force the run outside.
On the Bengals' offensive series prior to this play by Heath, the Cowboys forced a punt following a missed Andy Dalton throw to A.J. Green. Despite not being tight in coverage on third down, Randy Gregory looked sharp coming off the edge to rush Dalton slightly.
With Taco Charlton also looking strong against the run, and rookie Dorance Armstrong continuing to develop as a weak side pass rusher, the possible match ups the Cowboys can create up front are seemingly endless.
Almost all of them will include last year's sack leader DeMarcus Lawrence, who was also disruptive on nearly every snap in this game.
- Give credit to Joe Looney for handling the reps he did at center, but the backup interior lineman left a lot to be desired from this position.
It should come as no surprise that Looney is a better guard than center, or that the Cowboys would look significantly worse at center without Travis Frederick in the lineup.
Overall, this was a disappointing game for the Cowboys thin offensive line depth. Paul Alexander's unit was unable to give quarterbacks Cooper Rush and Mike White a fair chance to settle into the game.
Looney's contact balance was suspect throughout the evening. Not the most powerful player, it's important for Looney to play with leverage and balance, which he did inconsistently last night.
Awaiting news on Zack Martin's first quarter injury still, the Cowboys should have already been concerned about their backups at tackle, with the guard position becoming a late concern now.
- This is becoming the standard for Jaylon Smith, but I did not see one Bengals blocker effectively slow him down.
The power that Smith is playing with is an outstanding sign for continued success. Not only is Smith physically up for the challenge of starting at MIKE for the Cowboys, but he's physically dominating opponents with strength, speed, and range.
Whether he was running laterally and avoiding blocks with great awareness, or attacking the pocket, Smith's path to the ball was rarely impeded against the Bengals.
No matter who the Cowboys lined up in their front seven, the group did a great job setting a strong tone. Antwaun Woods was once again impressive at the one technique position inside, and Brian Price made a flash play from this position late in the game as well.
Thanks to Smith's gap shooting ability, and the Cowboys willingness so far this preseason to be creative with the Notre Dame product, the team's defensive tackles don't have to be asked to do too much. Holding their spots while drawing blockers will be more than enough to free Smith and the rest of the Cowboys linebackers to make plays.
- Chidobe Awuzie's interception in the second quarter is a reminder of just how high the second-year cornerback's potential is.
Sure, Awuzie's length put him at an advantage to take a leap into year two once Kris Richard arrived as the Cowboys passing game coordinator.
Being productive on the ball, as Awuzie was here, is a testament to just how athletic he is as a boundary cornerback though. A beat late recognizing the ball coming his way, Awuzie remained in perfect position to get a hand on this pass.
Doing so with an explosive leap off the ground and full extension, Awuzie snagged the ball with one hand before bringing it into his body to secure another turnover for the Cowboys first team defense.
The Cowboys cornerback depth proved suspect beyond Awuzie and Byron Jones in this game, but being as good as they already are on the boundary is a huge step in the right direction for Rod Marinelli's defense.
I also thought that UDFA Tyree Robinson did a great job answering the bell at safety, showing up a number of times in run support with the Cowboys in desperate need of depth at his position.
It's in the slot, where Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis continue to feel the pressure of competition, that the Cowboys are struggling to find the right starter - even trying Lewis on the outside well into the fourth quarter of this game.
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The Cowboys will remain in their home state to conclude their training camp and preseason. Needing to see more out of their second and third team, practices will resume at The Star on Monday before another preseason game at AT&T Stadium.
This time, it will be the Arizona Cardinals coming in for a Sunday Night Football tune up. The Cowboys starters could very well see even more playing time than they have through the first two weeks, giving them a better chance of sustaining success and coming away with a preseason win.
CIN 21, DAL 14: Dak Prescott Continues Strong Preseason in Loss
The games may not count yet, but Dak Prescott looks ready for the 2018 season. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback continued his strong preseason play in the team's 21-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Prescott played three series, going 10/15 for 86 yards and a touchdown. He got the offense out of trouble a few times with his feet, avoiding sacks and ultimately getting the scoring pass off on a redzone scramble.
Dak's strong play has coincided with shutdown performances from the starting defense. The Cowboys' first-team defenders have yet to allow a score in two preseason games. Tonight, the Bengals were forced into four punts and two turnovers on their first-half possessions.
Overall, the Cowboys are a combined 24-7 in the first halves of their first two preseason contests.
The second half has been the problem, and for two weeks now Dallas' reserves have squandered halftime leads and given up losses. Thankfully, most of the responsible players will not be on the final 53-man roster.
- There were several concerning injuries for the Cowboys tonight. None was scarier than when All-Pro guard Zack Martin went out with a knee injury, but it does not appear to have been serious. Starting defensive backs Byron Jones and Xavier Woods also got banged up; Byron returned to the game but Woods did not. Defensive lineman Datone Jones also left with a knee injury.
- Even more concerning was the play of the second-team offensive line. Chaz Green was typically awful, but we also saw swing tackle Cam Fleming struggling and just an overall lack of protection for the backups quarterbacks. Green got benched in the second half and may have finally played his way off the team.
- Credit to Terrance Williams for getting open in the endzone to give Dak Prescott a receiver for the touchdown throw. Even with his warts, Williams' two years of experience playing with Dak can't be ignored in deciding who makes the team.
- Tight end Blake Jarwin continues to run with the starters on offense and may have quietly taken the job away from Geoff Swaim.
- Darius Jackson took advantage of some extra playing time tonight after Bo Scarbrough left with a hip injury. He broke off a few nice runs to amass 42 yards on just six carries, plus had four receptions.
- We finally get to see Dan Bailey kick a field goal again, and it was an easy 35-yarder with no issues.
- Shout out to Chidobe Awuzie for one of the pretty interceptions that a Cowboys DB has made in some time. Awuzie had to bend like Beckham (Odell, that is) to get a hand on the ball, then tipped it to himself for the pick.
- Preseason fun continues for the Cowboys next Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals on NBC's Sunday Night Football.
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