Two offseasons ago, the daily monotony of hearing arguments from the players about how the owners can’t lock them out and hearing about the owners countering with how they had no choice but to lock them out became exhaustive. This offseason was full of excitement (by comparison), as Cowboys fans read about the 50.1 million dollar man (Brandon Carr), and Jerry Jones engineered trade that lead to the Dallas Cowboys drafting the best defensive player on their board, Morris Claiborne.
Over the draft weekend that April, Roger Goodell called seven names for the Dallas Cowboys; Morris Claiborne, Tyrone Crawford, Kyle Wilbur, Matt Johnson, Danny Coale, James Hannah, and Caleb McSurdy.
Out of the seven players selected draft day weekend, only one, James Hannah (someone, please knock on wood), has been completely healthy. To determine who has not impressed, based on practice time, practice production, and game time and production is a difficult task. Sorting out the apples and oranges for comparison was not an easy task, but ultimately, one rookie has left much to be desired.
The much unknown name of Caleb McSurdy is not the one who has impressed the least. Drafted in the seventh round, McSurdy was a long shot to make the 53-man roster. Although he avoided the injury bug during training camp, he recently suffered a tear to his Achilles, effectively putting an end to this season. Even with the lack of ‘wow’ factor and production in practices and Organized Team Activities, McSurdy does not win the award for ‘Least Impressive Rookie.’ That award goes to fourth round pick Matt Johnson.
Based off memory alone, the number of practices in which Matt Johnson participated can be counted on one hand. Most of the blame for lost practice time belongs to his alma mater, Eastern Washington, having an odd school schedule that prevented Johnson from practicing with the Cowboys until the last day of Organized Team Activities (OTA’s). Since he has arrived from the completion of his school’s graduation, Matt Johnson has suffered several injuries and has missed valuable time on the practice field and in games.
With today's (unofficial) release of Danny Coale, there is a larger chance that Matt Johnson, who only has 17 college career interceptions to show as production, will make the 53-man roster. His injuries, although untimely, could be an indicator of future setbacks, or just a case of bad luck. Regardless, his roster spot looks safe, as unimpressive as he has been thus far.
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