The Cowboys released a number of promising players today in order to down to 53 players. they are all listed below.
DE Ben Bass - Releasing Bass is no surprise as his name was not highly mentioned amongst the team's defensive ends.
DE Clifton Geathers - I thought the Cowboys would hold on to Geathers as he showed a lot of potential. He's still a young player and if he clears waivers, Dallas may end up adding him to the practice squad.
OL Harold Gunn - Gunn was released as he did not show enough in training camp or the preseason for the team to warrant holding a roster spot for him.
WR Saalim Hakim - The news coming out of mini and training camp this off-season was that Hakim would challenge for the third receiver spot. He is a very speedy guy who may have worked out ok as a kick returner down the road.
But for right now, the Cowboys decided to pass on his services.
OL Daniel Loper - The guard position has competition with Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau. Loper just didn't stand out.
OL Jeff Adams - Adams was liked by the coaching staff due to his size and potential. Hopefully the team will bring him back on the practice squad.
OT Pat McQuistan - Slightly surprised by this one as McQuistan was looked upon as the veteran on the line to provide stability.
I was never that high on him as I thought Dallas should stick with some of their younger players, like Jeff Adams, to develop. Looks like I was right.
Well, besides Jeff Adams.
CB Lionel Smith - Smith was on the cusp of making the team as he was a key player to watch in Dallas' last preseason game. But no mas for Smith as he was let go today.
TE Andrew Szczerba - Once Jason Witten injured his spleen, the Cowboys needed a fill in player. That guy was Szczerba and now his services are no longer needed.
CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah - A cornerback/return guy, Owusu--Ansah never quite lived up to what the Cowboys expected of him. He may make the practice squad again and see his number called up in 2012.
LB Baraka Atkins - Atkins made his share of plays against the Dolphins but I believe the Cowboys were playing with house money at the linebacker position this season.
He has a lot of potential and we may see him back again soon.
WR Tim Benford - He started strong but tailed off toward the end of the preseason. We heard his name called a lot during mini-camp but nothing once training camp got under way.
DT Robert Callaway - A 324 pound nose tackle that brought a new dimension of size and girth to the Cowboys front line. With Josh Brent still holding down the second nose tackle spot, Callaway was simply a luxury.
QB Rudy Carpenter - The word disappointed is coupled with Carpenter as he had a great chance to make the Cowboys team.
He was battling with Stephen McGee for the final quarterback position and he just didn't do enough to distance himself from McGee.
FB Shaun Chapas - He was drafted last year as the Cowboys were going through a change at fullback. I believe he'll have another year to develop on the practice squad and we'll see him mature next season.
WR Danny Coale - Injuries really slowed his development and he never got on track. He didn't get an opportunity to show what he was capable of doing because he was hurt for most of camp.
RB Lance Dunbar - He played great against the Dolphins on Wednesday and if the Cowboys don't sign him to the practice squad then I am sure that another NFL team will grab him.
LB Adrian Hamilton - He had a sack against the Rams and didn't show anything after that. He was on the bubble and it was officially popped on Friday.
OL Ronald Leary - Penalties and inconsistency destroyed his chances of making the team.
LB Orie Lemon - An interception returned for a touchdown couldn't save his job. He has a high ceiling and I believe we will see him again soon.
RB Jamize Olawale - Dunbar and Tanner were fighting for the last spot and Olawale was looking for practice squad time. He may have found it.
S Eddie Whitley - Never heard much about this Virginia Tech product. Hence the reason he's no longer on the team.
CB Teddy Williams - Williams is another player who failed to show consistency or give the team a valid reason to keep him on.
Dallas made a few roster moves to get down to the NFL mandated 75-man limit. The impacted players are listed below.
Charley Hughlett (LS) - Cut: Hughlett is a rookie and actually had a decent preseason. He did not fumble away any snaps and looked good enough to make the roster.
But Dallas chose to stick with the veteran long snapper L.P. Ladouceur. Nothing against Hughlett as he may turn out to be a pretty good player.
However Dallas needs stability and cannot afford to pass such an important duty off to a rookie.
I believe we will see Hughlett in an NFL uniform again soon.
Levy Adcock (T) - Cut: Adcock had to fight with Pat McQuistan and rookie Jeff Adams for a roster spot. He just didn't show enough to warrant the team keeping him. It is honestly that simple.
Delbert Alvarado (P) - Cut: The team had no need to keep two punters. Chris Jones is coming along nicely and Alvarado could not push him out of the starting job.
Harry Flaherty (TE) - Cut: Flaherty is Jason Garrett's nephew. That is where the good fortune ends because Flaherty was cut today. He is not new to this rodeo as he spent time in the Saints and Bucs last season.
Dallas needed another tight end due to Witten's spleen injury but Flaherty's time is done.
David Little (WR) - Cut: Be honest, how many fans knew that David Little held a spot on the Cowboys preseason roster?
He did not catch a pass in the preseason and was not competitive for the third receiver slot.
Tyrone Novikoff (T) - Cut: Here is another tackle fighting for a roster spot behind Adams and McQuistan. He just did not show and do enough to make it past the first round of roster cuts.
Raymond Radway (WR) - Cut: Radway had a pretty decent chance of making the roster this season as he did last year. But he fractured his leg and was lost for the year in 2011.
He just has not been right since and he showed a grand amount of inconsistency during camp. That inability to show stability is what doomed his chances this season.
Radway has a lot of speed and once he recovers it all from his broken leg, he will get another look by an NFL team.
Javarris Williams (RB) - Cut: Williams had to compete with Phillip Tanner, the emerging Jamize Olawalee and Lance Dunbar. He stands at 5'10," has good vision and nice speed.
This is Williams' fourth team and the clock on his career may be running out. He is a good guy with potential. He just may need a strike of good luck to go his way to make an impact.
C.J. Wilson (CB) - Cut: Williams was inconsistent and the Cowboys do not need that right now. He has the potential to turn into a decent cornerback one day but Dallas is looking to win now and not later.
The instability that comes with young players is just something Dallas can't afford to foster right now.
If Wilson does not pick up with a team this season, I wouldn't doubt that the Cowboys will invite him back to camp next year.