Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has repeatedly referred to talent acquisition as a process that does not start and end on any specific date but rather is a year-round process. The Cowboys demonstrated that again today by inviting 14 additional players to Valley Ranch for tryouts during rookie minicamp starting tomorrow.
Last year, the Cowboys invited 15 players for tryouts during rookie minicamp, and three of them were signed by the Cowboys immediately after rookie minicamp: DE Ben Bass is still with the Cowboys today, FB Jamize Olawale made the Cowboys practice squad and was picked up by the Oakland Raiders a little later while K Delbert Alvarado spent camp with the Cowboys but was released during final cuts.
Three out of fifteen are actually pretty good odds for these tryout players and should give them all the more reason to give it all they've got at rookie minicamp, where they'll be facing a lot of competition. In total, there will be 46 players at rookie minicamp over the weekend:
Draft picks (7): OC Travis Frederick, TE Gavin Escobar, WR Terrance Williams, S J.J. Wilcox, CB B.W. Webb, RB Joseph Randle, LB DeVonte Holloman
Eligible Non-Rookies (10): OG Ron Leary, WR Tim Benford, OG Charlie Bryant, OT Aderious Simmons, WR Jared Green, QB Nick Stephens, LS Charlie Hughlett, DT Monte Taylor, DE Ikponwmosa Igbinosun, S Micah Pellerin (full details here)
Undrafted Free Agents (15): LB Brandon Magee, FS Jakar Hamilton, LB Cameron Lawrence, CB Devin Smith, CB/KR Dustin Harris, RB Kendial Lawrence, LB Tank Reed, CB Xavier Brewer, WR Greg Herd, SS Jeff Heath, WR Eric Rogers, LB Deon Lacy, TE/FB Paul Freedman, QB Dalton Williams, K Spencer Benton (full details here)
Tryout players (14): RT James Nelson (UTEP), OG D.J. Hall (Texas State), OG Micah James (Middle Tennessee), DT Tremayne Scott (Ohio), DL Jerome Long (San Diego State), DT Nick Johnson (Baylor), DT DiMetrio Tyson (Jacksonville State), LB Everett Daniels (Houston), WR Darrin Moore (Texas Tech), TE B.J. Stewart (Cumberland), WR Anthony Amos (Middle Tennessee), RB Robbie Rouse (Fresno State), CB Adrien Spencer (Bowling Green) and LS Jesse Smitherman (Texas Tech).
In related news, the Cowboys waived defensive lineman Brian Price with a shoulder injury. They had signed Price to a futures contract at the end of last season. There are also confusing messages about the Cowboys possibly having waived QB Aaron Corp, whom they had just signed on Tuesday. It now appears he will join rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, raising the total number of participants to at least 47.