What we will study from Dallas Cowboys’ first roster cuts

By David Helman
FOX Sports activities Dallas Cowboys Author

IRVINE, Calif. — We have been by no means more likely to be shocked by the Cowboys‘ first bout of roster cuts.

In any case, these 5 cuts are the primary of the preseason, with two extra weeks till the ultimate minimize to 53. Per week from now, NFL groups will waive 5 extra guys previous to their remaining exhibition video games. 

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In the intervening time, these are the primary casualties of the Cowboys’ roster trim: cornerback Kyron Brown, tight finish Ian Bunting, broad receiver Ty Fryfogle and defensive lineman Austin Faoliu. Veteran fullback Ryan Nall was positioned on injured reserve.

The strikes have been actually not stunning. Fryfogle is an undrafted rookie, whereas Brown, Bunting and Faoliu have predominantly been practice-squad gamers throughout their time within the league. On the very least, these early minimize deadlines would possibly give them an opportunity to catch on elsewhere.

One among these strikes feels just a little extra noteworthy than the others, although. Nall was a spring signing, a four-year veteran for the Chicago Bears who appeared in 33 regular-season video games as each a fullback and a core special-teamer. The early hunch is that he’d fill the same function in Dallas, probably giving offensive coordinator Kellen Moore a devoted fullback for the primary time since 2019. 

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As an alternative, Nall spent a lot of coaching camp sidelined by a shoulder harm. The choice to put him on injured reserve previous to remaining roster cuts means his season is over. Mix that with the crew’s resolution to waive second-year fullback Nick Ralston early on in camp, and we’re again in acquainted territory.

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The Dallas Cowboys are eyeing a Tremendous Bowl run, their first because the Troy Aikman-Michael Irvin-Emmitt Smith period.

The Cowboys have operated with out a true fullback for almost all of Mike McCarthy’s tenure, opposite to his status throughout his 13-year stint in Inexperienced Bay. Assuming they do not discover one the subsequent two weeks, it is a good guess they roll into 2022 with Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard and one in every of their trio of younger backs: Rico Dowdle, Malik Davis or Aaron Shampklin

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That is precisely what they did final 12 months, although it got here with one fascinating caveat. With out a fullback on the roster final 12 months, Moore turned towards Connor McGovern as his “Hulk” fullback in sure personnel packages. As humorous because it appeared to see a 308-pound fullback within the lineup, McGovern was really fairly efficient. He not solely strikes nicely sufficient in house to dam on the run, however he additionally added a formidable quantity of bulk in short-yardage conditions. 

There’s a whole lot of coaching camp left, however do not be stunned to see McGovern reprise his function this season. The Cowboys are enjoying it coy, but it surely’s a strong wager the first-round rookie will win the beginning left guard spot. If that is the case, McGovern can add his fullback versatility to his repertoire as a utility offensive lineman.

David Helman covers the Dallas Cowboys for FOX Sports activities, offering perception and evaluation on the NFL’s most seen franchise. Previous to becoming a member of FOX, David spent 9 seasons protecting the Cowboys for the crew’s official web site, DallasCowboys.com. In 2018, he gained a regional Emmy for his function in producing “Dak Prescott: A Household Reunion” in regards to the quarterback’s time at Mississippi State.


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