Coming off arguably their most disappointing defensive loss of the season to the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys have been making some additions to the practice squad this week. And a team insider warns of a possible pending release of a defensive player to come.
The Cowboys have some of the best depth across their roster than they’ve had in years. Yet, being bloated with talent comes with issues of its own as the team must make some difficult decisions anytime they make a roster move.
Already this season the Cowboys have been forced to part ways with a former second-round selection in defensive tackle Trysten Hill and their 2022 fifth-rounder in defensive tackle John Ridgeway. But could another recognizable name from the defense be hitting the open market soon?
“Somebody, I believe … I’m not implying, somebody’s getting cut. I do think that. Somebody like a pass rusher. Or just benched. But maybe cut, because you’re going to need roster spots. I think they got too many of these guys. There all the same. There’s not enough space … There’s no room for [Tarell] Basham, [Dante] Fowler, Dorance Armstrong, and Sam Williams. There’s no room for all of those guys.”Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com on The Break Podcast
Aiding to the fact the Cowboys could be making some moves on their active roster soon are the additions recently made to their practice squad. The most impactful name in this situation could be former first-rounder Takkarist McKinley.
The former Atlanta Falcons defensive end was drafted and played his four seasons under Dan Quinn, the former Atlanta head coach who’s now with Dallas as the team’s defensive coordinator.
The 26th overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft out of UCLA, McKinley posted 13.0 total sacks over his first two seasons under Quinn. He potentially will join another former first-rounder in Dallas looking to resuscitate their career in Dante Fowler Jr., the third overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The Dallas Cowboys also added wide receiver Antonio Callaway to the practice squad. The former fourth-rounder had a quality rookie season for the Cleveland Browns in 2018 recording 43 receptions for 586 yards and five touchdowns while averaging a solid 13.6 yards per catch.
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