Did Jason Garrett send a message by releasing Ed Wesley?
The Dallas Cowboys have released undrafted rookie free agent Ed Wesley today. Wesley didn't possess great speed, but he did have good vision and acceleration running through the holes created by the offensive line. Even though Wesley was very productive during his career at TCU, he was a long shot to make an NFL roster after not being selected in the supplemental draft.
The Cowboys took a chance on him and signed him to come in and compete with Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar. Unfortunately for Wesley, he made a huge mistake today when he showed up late for the team walkthrough.
On the last day of camp, they had seen enough. It didn’t help matters that Wesley showed up about 15 minutes late to the morning walkthrough, which likely only helped the Cowboys’ decision to waive Wesley on Friday. The team made the move not long before the team departed for San Diego for Saturday’s second preseason game.
Now I don't know what prevented Wesley from being late, but it was an awful thing to do for a player fighting to make the team. Some have questioned the way Jason Garrett coaches a football game, mainly Keyshawn Johnson from ESPN. While Garrett has made questionable decisions in his coaching career, you do have to appreciate the fact that Garrett is establishing a culture here in Dallas.
Wade Phillips was known for letting a lot of things go during his time in Dallas as the head coach. I believe that Garrett is trying to run a tight ship, and I totally respect him for that. Being late and acting unprofessional will not be tolerated under the watch of Jason Garrett.
Now concerning the running back position, this move won't be a huge loss. Considering that Wesley didn't even play in Oakland should tell us that the coaching staff wanted to see what Jamize Olawale and Javarris Williams could do with some carries.
Lance Dunbar is returning from his hamstring injury, so be on the lookout for the North Texas product. Olawale really didn't impress me last week in Oakland, primarily due to his upright running style, but he didn't get a lot of good blocking from his offensive line. Javarris Williams displayed some "wiggle" when he got the ball, and I would like to see what he can do with more carries.
The Cowboys are pretty much set at running back, so this isn't a big loss. I think that this is more of a message than anything. Hopefully Jason Garrett got his point across to the younger players on this team. Show up on time and work hard, or else you won't be a part of the Dallas Cowboys.