Undrafted Running Back Ed Wesley Signs with Hometown Dallas Cowboys

Sigmund BloomNFL Draft Lead WriterJuly 27, 2012

December 21, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; TCU Horned Frogs running back Ed Wesley (34) fights for extra yardage while being chased by Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defensive end Matt Broha (91) and linebacker Adrien Cole (44) during the second quarter in the Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Former TCU running back Ed Wesley had one of his dreams denied when he left school early and was not selected in the NFL Supplemental Draft on July 12. On Thursday, however, he found out he had another lifelong dream fulfilled.

Jimmy Burch, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports the Dallas Cowboys have signed Wesley after running back Darrell Scott was released for failing his physical.

Wesley hopes to join Tyson Thompson and Philip Tanner as undrafted backs from the Dallas-Fort Worth area who have been able to make the Cowboys' roster. He will be competing with Tanner and yet another undrafted running back from the Metroplex, Lance Dunbar, for a roster spot.

Burch reports that Wesley said he has always dreamed of playing for the Cowboys, and that he has been a fan of the team for his whole life. He called the team "something that is in our family's blood." Wesley left school early to help take care of his mother, and it was his mother who broke the news about the Cowboys' interest to him. 

"She'd come running down the hallway screaming. So I knew it was something good or something bad. She told me the Cowboys had called, and I was ecstatic."

With the injury history of starter Demarco Murray and backup Felix Jones, Wesley has a real chance for playing time this year if he can make the team, or even win a practice squad spot. He'll also give the Cowboys another reason to not look further than their backyard when they look for running backs to fill out the depth chart.