The Dallas Cowboys starting of organized team activities (OTA's) on Tuesday wasn't the only exciting news. They also decided to make a roster move and signed the former SMU Mustang defensive end, Zach Wood.
Of course, in order to add Wood to the roster the Cowboys had to release defensive end Jason Neill. Neill was signed as an undrafted free agent after the completion of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Cowboys have released UDFA DE Jason Neill from UTSA & added SMU DE Zach Wood, who was a tryout guy at rookie camp.
Under the tutelage of head coach Jason Garrett, the Cowboys have not been afraid to churn the bottom of the roster in hopes of finding players that can contribute on game days.
Garrett is a firm believer of creating competition throughout the roster and this is added evidence that no one should take their job security for granted.
Wood (6'3", 282) was one of the players that took part in rookie mini-camp back in May, but wasn't signed at the time. He worked out as both a defensive end and a long snapper. The organization must have seen something that they liked and Wood now has a chance to prove he has something to offer.
As a senior, Wood accumulated 39 tackles and led SMU with 9.5 tackles for loss.
Wood will join former SMU alumni Cole Beasley and he honestly couldn't ask for better mentor. Beasley was another undrafted free agent that caught the Cowboys' eye and has worked his way into becoming a fixture on the offensive side of the ball.
As a defensive end, Wood has the size that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli looks for at the position, but at this point he is a longshot to make the final 53 man roster, even with the questions surrounding the position.
Former NFL Scout and current Staff Writer for the Dallas Cowboys, Bryan Broaddus, broke down game film and provided his own personal scouting report for our reading pleasure.
Broaddus' assessment of Wood's game film doesn't sound too encouraging, but you never know what an undrafted free agent can do once they are given a chance.
Good luck Zach Wood! Take advantage of this opportunity.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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