The Dallas Cowboys will be trimming their roster, making trades, signing players, and anxiously awaiting players clearing waivers to be placed on the practice squad. As they formulate their 53-man roster and practice squad, there will be a lot of movement over the weekend.
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- QB Clayton Thorson via Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News
- WR Cedrick Wilson via Calvin Watkins of The Athletic
- DL Daniel Wise via Calvin Watkins of The Athletic
- RB Jordan Chunn via Calvin Watkins of The Athletic
- CB Mike Jackson via Calvin Watkins of The Athletic
- CB Donovan Olumba via Calvin Watkins of The Athletic
- TE Cole Hikutini via Tom Pelissero of NFL.com
- LB Chris Covington via Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News
- RB Mike Weber via Clarence Hill of The Star Telegram
- OL Mitch Hyatt via Calvin Watkins of The Athletic
- WR Jon'Vea Johnson via Todd Archer of ESPN
- G Cody Wichmann via Dave Helman of DallasCowboys.com
- LB Jalen Jelks via Dave Helman of DallasCowboys.com
- DT Daniel Ross via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
- CB Chris Westry via Calvin Watkins of the The Athletic
- QB Mike White via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
- QB Taryn Christion via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
- RB Jordan Chunn via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
- RB Darius Jackson via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
- RB Mike Weber via Adam Schefter of ESPN
- FB Ryan Yurachek via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
- WR Cedrick Wilson via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
- WR Reggie Davis via Jon Machota of The Athletic DFW
- WR Jalen Guyton via Dave Helman of DallasCowboys.com
- TE Marcus Lucas via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
- TE Codey McElroy via Jon Machota of The Athletic DFW
- OT Mitch Hyatt via Dave Helman of DallasCowboys.com
- OT Jake Campos via Bobby Belt
- OT Juwann Bushwell-Beaty via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
- G Lukayas McNeil via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
- DT Daniel Wise via Jon Machota of The Athletic DFW
- DT Shakir Soto via Dave Helman of DallasCowboys.com
- DT Ricky Walker via Dave Helman of DallasCowboys.com
- LB Chris Covington via Dave Helman of DallasCowboys.com
- LB Justin Phillips via Jon Machota of The Athletic DFW
- LB Nate Hall via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
- LB Kyle Quiero via Dave Helman of DallasCowboys.com
- CB Michael Jackson via Jon Machota of The Athletic DFW
- CB Donovan Olumba via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
- S George Iloka via Jon Machota of The Athletic DFW
- S Jameill Showers via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
- S Tyvis Powell via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
- S Treston Decoud via Treston Decoud
- K Kasey Redfern via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
- LS Drew Scott via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News
Other Roster Notes
- Ezekiel Elliott and Dallas Cowboys closing on contract agreement, hoping to be done by end of weekend.
- Jerry Jones speaking to 105.3 The Fan on Friday stated that Taco Charlton will be on the 53-man roster after having a "great camp."
- Stephen Jones spoke to 105.3 The Fan as well and was under the impression that Randy Gregory has filed for reinstatement.
Updated 9/1/2019 at 3:01 pm EST.
Loss to Minnesota Could be the Final Nail in Jason Garrett’s Coffin
The 2019 NFL season kind of seemed like a do or die situation for the Dallas Cowboys current Head Coach Jason Garrett. He is currently in the last year of his contract and his future with the Cowboys organization could be hanging in the balance, especially after the devastating loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
If Jason Garrett isn't extended beyond this season, this loss to Minnesota could possibly be where his career with the Dallas Cowboys started to circle the drain. There are still several games left on the Cowboys schedule this season, but this one loss could be the one that ends up knocking them out of the playoffs. If that's true, it's hard to believe JG will be retained.
Jerry Jones, and son Stephen, have both fully supported Jason Garrett since he became the Cowboys full-time head coach back in 2011 after serving as the interim HC for Wade Phillips in 2010. That's nearly a decade of the Jones' sticking by JG through all of the thick and thin over years. That unwavering support however could be coming to an end though.
The proof is in the pudding as they say. As a head coach Jason Garrett is slightly above average according to his all-time win/loss record. His regular-season record as the HC with the Cowboys is 82-62 (.569) and he's 2-3 (.400) in the postseason. Add all of that up and he's 84-65 (.564) in his career… slightly above average.
If I know anything about the Jones', I know getting the Dallas Cowboys back to the promised land as one of the best teams in the NFL is at the top of their list. That's why we've seen them over the years take chances on players other teams wouldn't in order to put together the most competitive roster they possibly could. Now that attention might need to be shifted from the players to the head coach.
Much like the Jones', I've supported and stood by Jason Garrett over the years. That support is dwindling though after each and every loss this season, at least on my part. Personally, I'm ready to find some new blood and move on. What the Jones' end up doing though is completely up in the air.
I want to believe the Dallas Cowboys are ready to move on from JG, but I'm not completely convinced. The fact that his current contract is about to expire after the season suggests they're at least considering parting ways, but that's all it does. I think how the rest of season turns out after the devastating loss to the Vikings will end up determining his fate.
If JG somehow sneaks the Cowboys into the playoffs it could save his job. That unfortunately is no easy thing to do with the teams they have left to play this season. Because of that, the Week 10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings could end up being the final nail in Jason Garrett's coffin.
What do you think? Is it time to part ways with Jason Garrett?
Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s Status Still Unknown for Cowboys Game
The Dallas Cowboys are headed to Detroit this Sunday for a Week 11 meeting with the Lions. As Dallas tries to get back to winning games, they may get a boost from the absence of Lions' Quarterback Matthew Stafford. After missing last week's game with a back injury, Stafford's status for this week remains unclear.
Stafford was a limited participant in practices all of Week 10 for Detroit and went into their game with the Chicago Bears as a game-time decision. He was ultimately ruled out due to fractures in his back; the first start Stafford's missed for the Lions since the 2010 season.
Jeff Driskel got the start as the Lions fell in Chicago. He is 1-5 as an NFL starter overall, going 1-4 in games for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018.
The Lions are now 3-5-1 on the year and at the bottom of the NFC North. They are also far behind in the Wild Card race, which leads to speculation that they could shut Stafford down for the season to preserve his long-term health. Based on Matthew's contract, the earliest Detroit can easily get out from his contract is after the 2020 season.
For his part, Matthew Stafford has said he has no plans on staying out this season as long he's medically cleared to play. He certainly would love to be active this Sunday against the Cowboys, the team of his youth, after playing his high school football in Dallas.
Even if Stafford plays, Dallas has done solidly overall against opposing quarterbacks in 2019. They are sixth in passing yards allowed per game and 14th in opponent passer rating.
Detroit is fourth in passing offense right now in the NFL but that was based on eight games with Stafford at QB. Jeff Driskel will not perform at that same level, and the Lions' rushing attack has been very weak since Kerryon Johnson went on injured reserve.
We'll see in the coming days if Matthew Stafford is at practice for Detroit and to what extent. But even if he does practice some, as he did last week, it could once again be a last-minute decision for the Lions if Stafford actually plays on Sunday.
With the Cowboys desperate for a win, they'll take all the help they can get.
The Time has Come to See More of Tight End Blake Jarwin
When Jason Witten made his triumphant return from the Monday Night Football booth to the Dallas Cowboys' locker room, the addition was met with a bit of reserved optimism. On the one hand, it was awesome to get one of the best players in the history of the franchise back on the field and in the locker room. On the other hand, it meant that he would eat into the snap counts of Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz, or any rookie they potentially drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Though, upon arrival, the Cowboys and Witten stated the future Hall of Famer would only play roughly 25 snaps a game, it didn't take long to figure out that Witten was the starting and full-time player at tight end. In training camp, Witten got a majority of the first-team snaps. In the first nine games of the 2019 season, Witten's played nearly twice as many snaps as Blake Jarwin.
It's an unfortunate turn from the narrative we were being fed in the offseason as Blake Jarwin provides a receiving dynamic that no other tight end for the Dallas Cowboys can. He's quicker, more agile, and has much more athleticism than Jason Witten.
On a per snap basis, Blake Jarwin is offering more in yards per snap and in yards per route run. Jarwin has accrued 0.811 yards per snap to Jason Witten's 0.711. Basically, if you prorate Jarwin's yards per snap total of 0.811 to Jason Witten's snap count of 475, Jarwin would theoretically have nearly 50 more receiving yards than Witten while providing another downfield threat to the passing game.
If we look at yards per route run, Jarwin's outpacing Witten 1.97 to 1.37 per Pro Football Focus. If you were to give Jason Witten's number of routes run to Blake Jarwin and prorated based on Jarwin's production in 2019, he would have roughly 484 receiving yards or 150 more receiving yards than Jason Witten.
Obviously, Jarwin's still got some development that needs to happen as a run blocker to be able to get on the field more. The Cowboys coaching staff, however, has still elected to roll with Jason Witten over Blake Jarwin even in pass-heavy situations as we saw on Sunday Night Football. This is the first game of the year where the Cowboys needed to be in heavy passing mode, but they continue to keep one of their more athletic weapons on the sideline when they need to get chunk plays.
Jarwin's ability to attack up the seam can help open everything up for everyone else in the offense. Just having another vertical threat on the field can create space for Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Randall Cobb underneath.
Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff isn't going to flip their snap counts anytime soon, but the time has come for Blake Jarwin to get more of the situational passing work. When the Cowboys get into obvious passing situations -- 3rd and longs or in two-minute situations -- Blake Jarwin needs to be the tight end on the field.
We've seen each of the last two weeks what Jarwin can do once he gets the ball in his hands. Against the New York Giants, he ripped off a game-changing 42-yard touchdown run and catch. On Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, Jarwin had a big 26-yard reception that helped get the Cowboys going offensively.
Jason Witten will go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. It's time he and the coaching staff recognizes that the Dallas Cowboys could be an even more dynamic offensive team by getting the more athletic Blake Jarwin on the field more.
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