On Wednesday, the Dallas Cowboys made some notable moves. After all, they had open roster spots after the releases of Brandon Weeden and Christine Michael on Tuesday. With Tony Romo likely returning from his clavicle injury to play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, more space will need to be made. Let’s take a look at the three players that were activated on Wednesday.
Out of these three players, Robert Turbin is obviously the household name. Turbin was a fourth-round pick just a few seasons ago. For three seasons, he was Marshawn Lynch’s backup, but when the Seattle Seahawks signed Fred Jackson, Turbin became expendable. Turbin had a brief stint with the Cleveland Browns, but he ultimately failed there, failing to get time behind Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell. Currently, Turbin is behind Darren McFadden, Rod Smith, and Trey Williams on the depth chart.
If you follow me on Twitter or even follow the draft in general, you would remember hearing about the Cowboys picking Mark Nzeocha. At 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, Nzeocha is a smaller linebacker. He spent time at both linebacker and safety. However, he fits Jason Garrett’s ‘Right-Kinda Guy’ persona. The Cowboys were thin at linebacker, and by bringing the Wyoming rookie up, they’ll be getting a guy who will play a reserve role and fill a hole on special teams as well.
Similar to the linebacker position, the Cowboys were extremely thin at the cornerback position. Morris Claiborne went down late with a hamstring injury in last week’s defeat against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If Claiborne isn’t able to play, the signing of Olatoye makes sense as he would provide depth behind Brandon Carr, Byron Jones, and Tyler Patmon. At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Olatoye is a rookie that hasn’t done much so far in his NFL career.