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Film Review: Getting to Know Cowboys Practice Squad DE Zach Moore

Sean Martin



Cowboys Headlines - Film Review: Getting to Know Cowboys' Practice Squad DE Zach Moore

The Dallas Cowboys added some interesting names to their practice squad yesterday, which now consists mostly of players who showed some flashes in training camp and the preseason, but got lost in the numbers game that these coaches must play when deciding to carry established depth over potential.

One player new to the Dallas Cowboys is defensive end Zach Moore, who was released by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Moore, a raw prospect out of Division II Concordia College of Minnesota, appeared in just one game for the hometown Vikings.

Prior to that, Zach Moore got his start in the NFL with the New England Patriots - who drafted him with the 198th overall pick in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Active for eight games, Moore did not see any playing time in the postseason that saw the Patriots beat out the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Still, the 26-year-old edge rusher brings a Super Bowl ring to The Star and the Dallas Cowboys.

With the releases of both Ryan Russell and Mike McAdoo, Moore could quickly bring Moore more than that to Dallas' less than stellar defensive line, but he will have to earn a roster spot on a team that is currently settled on the majority of its 53 spots.

Let's dive into some tape to find out more on what Moore can bring to the Cowboys.



You have to go back to 2014 to find the last time Moore played significant snaps in the NFL, and because of that his rookie tape left a lot to be desired. However, there were plenty of positives to take away on the film, such as the ones you see above.

Rushing from the left end, Moore is able to use his hands to fight off the right tackle and capture the edge. Off the snap, the RT was able to do a decent job of sitting down on Moore, which linemen were able to do to him pretty consistently.

While it certainly wasn't the standard for Moore to be able to get back into these plays, the potential you see here has gone untapped for a while, and could be the beginning of a career under Rod Marinelli for Zach Moore.




As mentioned, Moore gets sat on easily by blockers, and lacks the consistent bend to counter their power moves. When he is able to bend, Moore showed the potential to be a violent player that will rally to the football and break down in tight spaces to tackle.

Should he get practice snaps against the likes of Tyron Smith and Doug Free, the Cowboys will need to see Moore become a lot less predictable with his moves and consistent with his leverage, in order to make any impact at all and earn playing time.



While it may sound too simple to be noteworthy, a good starting point for Zach Moore is that he consistently knocks his man backwards on first contact. An NFL Combine leader in the broad jump, Moore displays an impressive combination of arm length and lower body strength.

With work in all of the negative areas discussed above, Moore could become an incredibly valuable rotational DE in Dallas, with the ability to take offensive linemen by surprise and capture the edge in the passing game while being physical at the point of attack against the run.



The Cowboys know that they need help at defensive end to contend in 2016, and are beginning their search for bargain players with upside to develop under Rod Marinelli. Whether a big move is on the way to accompany this is yet to be determined. Or will the Cowboys' reluctance to address a need that has existed for some time now hold them back once again when the season begins on September 11th against the Giants?

Hopefully Moore has something to say about all of this, as he celebrates his birthday today! Inside The Star wishes him a happy birthday as Zach attempts to earn his star in the coming weeks.

Give Moore a happy birthday wish yourself on Twitter by following him @zachmoore_90!

For now, let me know what you think of the newly added Zach Moore by commenting below this article! You can also take the discussion to Twitter, and follow me @ShoreSportsNJ for plenty of analysis and commentary throughout the Dallas Cowboys season!

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  • Ethan Chazin

    Lot of emphasis on expecting Marinelli to “coach up” these rejects. You mean, like Ryan Russell?

    • Sean Martin

      Russell actually showed a ton of improvement from last season going into training camp this summer, but couldn’t carry it over to the preseason. Played out of scheme in college. Marinelli can only do so much of course, but I like his chances more with a guy that has been around and played at a level that’s likely better than what these current DEs can provide with any consistency. We’ll see if Moore amounts to anything sooner rather than later. Thank you for reading, Ethan!

  • Allen A Smith

    The cowboys really need 2 swallow their pride and bring back Greg Hardy we could use him he already knows the system he’s the best available defensive player out there who’s looking for another chance and could get him 4 cheap under certain clauses.Besides we’re going 2 regret it if somebody else gets him especially somebody in our division.Been a cowboy fan all my life finally came 2 my senses hopefully Jerry will…No risk no reward!

    • Sean Martin

      Allen, you make fair points, but I think Greg Hardy’s time in the NFL is done. If not, his ship in Dallas sailed a long time ago.

  • Ricklo

    Call Ip Zach Moore to Play this Sunday Night

    • Sean Martin

      Moore has been called up to replace Chaz Green. We’ll see if he is active, which he should be with Lawrence out.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker 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:

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.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

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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.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

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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Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space

Sean Martin



Travis Frederick

Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.

Jane Slater on Twitter

C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed

Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.

Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.

Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.

With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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