The Cowboys’ practice squad has undergone some significant changes over the last couple of days and was down to three players before the Cowboys signed some new players today.
Last week, the Raiders picked up RB/FB Jamize Olawale, LB Jerry Brown tragically passed away, and DT Rob Callaway was called up to the 53-man roster. This week, LB Jerry Franklin was signed by the Bears, and the Cowboys released TE Chase Ford as well as CB Reggie Jones.
That briefly left the Cowboys with just three players on their practice squad: OG Ron Leary and receivers Tim Benford and Andre Holmes.
But the Cowboys acted quickly and brought that number up to four yesterday by signing defensive back Micah Pellerlin. Draftniks are probably familiar with that name, although the small-school prospect went undrafted last year. Pellerin transferred from Southern Miss after his freshman year played the remainder of his college career at Hampton, an FCS program. The 6-0, 194 lbs Pellerin is likely still a project at this point. He has not had a single NFL snap after brief stints with both the Colts and Packers. But he does offer some upside, as his Combine Report says:
He will need some developmental time covering bigger and faster receivers at the next level, but at 6 feet tall he won't get beat physically and is a strong player in all facets of the game.
Today, the Cowboys made some additional moves on the practice squad:
- LB Brashton Satele: The Hawaii product initially signed with the Jets as an UDFA in 2010, and has the advantage of having spent time on the Cowboys' roster - he was on the Cowboys practice squad from January through May this year.
- TE Andre Smith: The 6-5, 270 lbs Smith was touted as one of the better blocking tight ends of the 2010 draft but went undrafted anyway. He was initially signed by the Bears in 2011 but moved on to the Colts in 2012. He offers intriguing size, coupled with good athleticism, but hasn't played a a single snap in the NFL yet.
- DT Robert Rose: Rose joins the Cowboys from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. The Ohio state product initially joined the Seahawks as an UDFA in 2010 and spent 2011 on the Miami roster before moving to Canada.
- CB Vince Agnew, released from the 53-man roster to make room for CB Michael Coe, cleared waivers today and filled up the final spot on the Cowboys' practice squad
Also, the Cowboys worked out a veteran defensive lineman.
With Josh Brent out for the season and Jay Ratliff’s availability still in question because of a lingering groin injury, the Cowboys have brought in veteran Brian Schaefering for a workout.
“We need somebody to help us right now,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “Jay’s a question mark, so we’re down to five guys. If we get an injury we’re down to four, so we’ve got to get someone in here getting ready to play in case somebody gets injured.”
Schaefering played for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Cleveland. From 2009-11, he had 72 tackles in 37 games, but he was cut by the Browns on Aug. 31.