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A game has passed, cuts were made, so it was time for the chart. I thought I would do this tonight and have some comments/guesses on the upcoming cuts tomorrow, but the Cowboys pulled the trigger early.

This week’s movers and shakers.

Jay Ratliff has been moved to NT on the chart. Coach Phillips says Jay is his #2 NT at the moment, so I’m moving him there. With the cuts of the other two NT’s, that only leaves Remi Ayodele hanging on for a chance at the 53-man roster. What happens to him could be tied up with Stephen Bowens’ fate, who becomes the #4 DE, although Ratliff could obviously shift between the two. Plus, the Rat plays at DT in the four-down alignment. So Ratliff is the #2 NT, Bowen moves up to #4 at end, and I elevated Jason Hatcher up over Marcus Spears again. Spears turned in another unimpressive outing and I just think Hatch is going to win the job soon.

In the suddenly much smaller WR group that lost three members today, I moved Isaiah Stanback ahead of Miles Austin. Austin probably adds more value at this moment, but Stanback has shown a little at receiver, and the Cowboys are keeping him. Because of that, he is the #5 WR and if they keep six, then Austin has the lead on that spot. Mike Jefferson makes the leap over Damarius Bilbo for the #8 spot, not that it will do him any good. But I watched him drop so many passes at camp that I figured by the 75-man cut he would surely be gone, but he made it, so he gets a promotion.

I was tempted to move Aaron Glenn down and elevate either Jacques Reeves or Joey Thomas because it looks like Glenn’s days of being an every-down corner are over. But in games that Newman plays, Glenn will be the first corner off the bench in the nickel. For that, I'm keeping him at #3. But if Newman sits out any games in the regular season, Phillips would probably put Reeves or someone else over at the starter’s role and keep Glenn in the nickel and dime situations. Right now, I’m leaving it alone. I moved Quincy Butler ahead of Alan Ball now that he's healthy. He'll be a fresh face for the coaches in an area of disappointment, giving him a chance to make a splash. He could also possibly return punts, creating added value.

I left Bobby Carpenter at ILB for the moment, he didn't play much OLB in the game Saturday.  

We still have to cut one more before tomorrow's deadline.

Pos Offense Pos Defense
QB Tony Romo
Brad Johnson
Matt Moore
Richard Bartel
DE Chris Canty
Jason Hatcher
Marcus Spears
Stephen Bowen
Marcus Smith
RB Marion Barber
Julius Jones
Tyson Thompson
Alonzo Coleman
Arliss Beach
cut:
Jackie Battle
NT Jason Ferguson
Jay Ratliff
Remi Ayodele
cut:
Montavious Stanley
Ola Dagunduro
WR Terrell Owens
Terry Glenn
Patrick Crayton
Sam Hurd
Isaiah Stanback
Miles Austin
Jerheme Urban
Mike Jefferson
Damarius Bilbo
cut:
Jamel Richardson
Jerard Rabb
Jamaica Rector
OLB DeMarcus Ware
Anthony Spencer
Greg Ellis
Junior Glymph
John Saldi
Khari Long
cut:
Alex Obomese
TE Jason Witten
Anthony Fasano
Tony Curtis
Adam Bergen
Rodney Hannah
ILB Bradie James
Akin Ayodele
Bobby Carpenter
Kevin Burnett
Blair Phillips
cut:
Dedrick Harrington
T Flozell Adams
Marc Colombo
Doug Free
Pat McQuistan
James Marten
Pete Lougheed
cut:
Jason Hilliard
CB Terence Newman
Anthony Henry
Aaron Glenn
Jacques Reeves
Joey Thomas
Nate Jones
Quincy Butler
Alan Ball
C Andre Gurode
Cory Procter
Trey Darilek
SS Roy Williams
Keith Davis
Abram Elam
G Leonard Davis
Kyle Kosier
Joe Berger
Matthew Tarullo
FS Ken Hamlin
Pat Watkins
Courtney Brown
FB Oliver Hoyte
Lousaka Polite
Deon Anderson
P/K Mat McBriar
Nick Folk
Martin Gramatica
L.P. Ladouceur (can’t cut)