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August 31, 2012

Breakdown of the Cowboys' 23 cuts

Here are comments on each of the team’s 23 cuts:

OT Jeff Adams – The Cowboys like his size and think he has potential. He is a possibility for the practice squad.

LB Baraka Atkins – He is a good-sized linebacker, at 265 pounds, but it is a numbers game at this position.

DL Ben Bass – He was very active in the preseason games against San Diego and St. Louis. The former A&M standout is a prime practice squad candidate.

 WR Tim Benford – He was the star of the Blue-White scrimmage in training camp, but he did not get many chances for balls in the first three preseason games.

   DL Robert Callaway – He intrigued the coaches in the OTAs and minicamp but didn't stand out in training camp.

QB Rudy Carpenter – He was never a real possibility for the 53-player roster, regardless what he did, but he is eligible for the practice squad.

FB Shaun Chapas – The 2011 seventh-round pick spent most of last season on the practice squad but did play in three games, mainly on special teams.

WR Danny Coale – He was hurt most of training camp and lost the last receiver spot to Andre Holmes.

RB Lance Dunbar – North Texas’ all-time leading rusher made a case for himself with 105 yards on 15 carries vs. Miami, but the Cowboys chose to keep only three running backs. They hope to slip him through to the practice squad.

DL Clifton Geathers -- He has been inconsistent since the Cowboys claimed him off waivers late in the 2010 season.

    G/C Harland Gunn -- Undrafted rookie out of Miami, he became the backup center to David Arkin when Phil Costa was hurt in training camp. He picked up the center position quickly, but he faced an uphill battle to make the roster from the start.

   WR Saalim Hakim – The Cowboys value his speed, but Hakim rarely got a chance to show his receiving skills because of a broken finger in training camp.

   LB Adrian Hamilton – Hamilton is an under-the-radar pass rusher from Prairie View A&M. He made some speed plays, which makes him a practice squad candidate.

    OG Ronald Leary – The Cowboys liked Leary enough that they signed the undrafted free agent to a contract guaranteeing him $214,000. He could be back on the practice squad.

   LB Orie Lemon – Lemon returned an interception for a touchdown Wednesday against the Dolphins, but it wasn’t enough. The Cowboys would like him on the practice squad another season.

   OG Daniel Loper – Loper, who was on and off the Cowboys’ 53-player roster last season, was re-signed Aug. 3 after injuries made the team thin in the interior. He was waived/injured.

  OT Pat McQuistan – A former Cowboy brought in for tackle depth, but he also played guard in training camp.

 RB Jamize Olawale – He became a fan favorite as a goal-line rusher when he scored on two runs from the 4 against San Diego in the preseason. He was a receiver in college, trying to transition to fullback.

 S Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – A fourth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2010, he has never developed like the team had hoped.

TE Andrew Szczerba – He is an athletic tight end with good hands. He had a solid training camp. The Cowboys like his build and blocking. He might have been one of the team’s tougher decisions.

 CB Lionel Smith -- The Cowboys like his size, but he is the victim of a numbers game. And he had a concussion in the last preseason game.

   S Eddie Whitley – He is a capable player, but one of too many players at his position. Rookie Matt Johnson, veteran Danny McCray and first-year player Mana Silva are ahead of him as backup safeties.

    CB Teddy Williams – Williams, who did not play collegiate football but was a sprinter, was a project signed by the Cowboys in 2010. He spent the past two seasons on the practice squad.

-- Carlos Mendez/Charean Williams





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