Did Rob and Rex Ryan help get LeQuan Lewis to Dallas?
Jason Garrett confirmed today that the Cowboys have signed cornerback LeQuan Lewis. Garrett said the Cowboys targeted Lewis specifically for his special teams abilities, which makes sense given the Cowboys face a dangerous return man in Seattle's Leon Washington on Sunday.
Lewis is a former Arizona State star. During his two-year college career, he recorded 26 tackles, one interception and also recorded 25.0-kick return average. One of those returns, a 103-yarder, can be seen in this youtube video. He also blocked a kick as a senior at ASU.
Lewis' career in the NFL has been less storied so far. Lewis initially signed as an undrafted free agent with the Titans during training camp in 2011 and reports indicate he did well, but he ended up being one of the last cuts anyway when the roster was trimmed to 53 players. Lewis didn't sign with another team until May this year, when he signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders, but was waived five weeks later. He signed with the Jets on Aug. 15 but was released yesterday.
Lewis fills up the final spot on the roster after the Cowboys waived tight end Colin Cochart yesterday.