Most coaching camp battles are about new gamers attempting to make the roster. Much of the focus is on UDFAs and late-round picks. Established veterans are safe. For most groups, so are the high-dollar free brokers they acquired throughout the offseason. Things are a bit completely different with the Dallas Cowboys. They have solely signed three exterior free brokers, and all had been on low-cost contracts that make releasing them palatable. We have seen gamers like that by no means make it out of coaching camp with Dallas earlier than, the most up-to-date being Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. This seems like one other yr that might occur to no less than one. It may even occur to all three. Here are the causes.
Quick, what number of of you had forgotten he was even signed? Don’t be ashamed should you are one. He is a fullback, and that’s his largest downside. There is not any assurance that the crew will even carry a FB on the roster. If they do, Nall should then beat out Nick Ralston for the job.
Frankly, it is rather unlikely that the workers will elect to make use of a roster spot on a fullback. More possible is that they’d use the RB3 to fill that function in the uncommon events they need one. Or they will movement the tight finish over to steer Ezekiel Elliott into the gap. With the promised enhance in utilizing Tony Pollard, that’s how most two RB units are going to occur. For a very long time Dallas had bucked the pattern of the disappearing fullback function. They managed properly final yr with out one, solely utilizing Ralston in 4 video games as a particular groups contributor. Most of the season they had been content material to solely have three operating backs lively. There simply doesn’t appear to be a viable function for Nall. He solely had 83 yards from scrimmage throughout his three seasons with the Chicago Bears. There will not be lots he can supply the offense, barring a transfer to go together with extra outdated model I formation seems. Hearkening again to the previous will not be the approach we hope to see this offense go beneath Kellen Moore. None of Nall’s one-year contract was assured, so releasing him can be a freebie. I anticipate the workers to take that one.
With the unsuccessful try and re-sign Randy Gregory, Fowler made lots of sense as an insurance coverage signing that paid off – pending the draft. But the crew then bought Sam Williams in the second spherical. While proof from OTAs and the one-day minicamp is scant, he has flashed indicators of being an excellent choose to fill in the RDE spot. Further, the crew re-signed Dorance Armstrong to a two-year deal. Armstrong had an excellent yr for Dallas in 2021, notching 5 sacks. That was third on the crew behind unicorn Micah Parsons and Gregory, who simply had another. Armstrong additionally had 37 tackles, 12 QB hits, and returned a fumble 37 yards for a TD. Further, Chauncey Golston, a third-round choose in ‘21, was beginning to flip up as the season progressed. He solely had one sack, however contributed 32 tackles. The Cowboys are practically sure to maintain him given what they spent in the approach of draft capital. Tarell Basham can be again after getting 3.5 sacks and 39 tackles.
Fowler’s 2021 stat line with the Atlanta Falcons was 4.5 sacks and 36 tackles. While Dan Quinn might have hopes of recreating his greatest efficiency in 2019, that occurred whereas Fowler was with the Los Angeles Rams earlier than becoming a member of the Falcons. Quinn could also be the an advocate for Fowler, however he’s going to need to beat out somebody except the crew elects to go very deep at the place. With Parsons serving as a cross rusher on many performs, with devastating impact, that’s questionable. His contract is not any safety, since the $1 million useless cap is greater than offset by virtually $2 million in financial savings if he’s launched. This one might come all the way down to the wire in camp.
He appears the most probably to make it out of camp in gentle of Michael Gallup’s harm standing. Depending on the way you view rookie Jalen Tolbert, Washington must be penciled in as WR2 or WR3 to start out issues in Oxnard.
What stays to be seen is how a lot of his decline the previous couple of years with the Pittsburgh Steelers was on account of the deterioration of Ben Roethlisberger. Washington solely had one good season, 2019. Last yr he solely caught 24 passes for 285 yards.
We all know that the Cowboys like their very own guys, which implies Noah Brown and Simi Fehoko are clearly competitors. That would solely be 5 WRs, which would seem to make Washington protected even when he’s handed on the depth chart. The menace he has to fret about is the annual summer time romance we’ve with UDFA wideouts. Dallas has 4 on the present roster, and Ty Fryfogle is already getting a bit of buzz. Another participant who garnered some consideration throughout the OTAs was T.J. Vasher, a 2021 UDFA who missed all season on the NFI and COVID 19 lists.
Washington has a goal on his again, with a bunch taking purpose. His one-year deal was absolutely assured, however the useless cash hit for releasing him is simply a tick over $1 million. If a pair of the challengers stand up in camp and preseason video games, that isn’t an excessive amount of to abdomen. With Amari Cooper gone, the workers goes to wanting onerous for the greatest weapons to place on the discipline with Dak Prescott. Washington has to keep away from stumbles to stay.
Given that free company has thus far been much more an afterthought than regular for Dallas this yr, it shouldn’t be stunning that every one of their signings need to look over their shoulder. They all might want to overcome challengers or simply the building of the roster to make it to the fall.