We warned that the cut down to 53 players didn't signify the end of roster shuffling for the Dallas Cowboys, and we now have some movement. The comment sections have been abuzz with speculation over the Cowboys keeping 10 offensive lineman on the team. Tackle Sam Young was the target in the crosshairs of most fans, as the line of thinking was that he might be pushed off the roster by a player outside of the organization; someone with more experience to be the primary back up at the tackle position.
According to this tweet from ESPN's Adam Scheffter, Young wasn't the first lineman trimmed from the fluid roster.
Cuts still coming: Cowboys released G Montrae Holland today.
This leaves rookies David Arkin (4th round) and Kevin Kowalski (UDFA) as the lone backups along the interior of the offensive line. The move saves the Cowboys another $1.5 million off of their 2011 salary cap number. Holland has never seemed to fit into the mold of athletic linemen Jason Garrett is accumulating, and he arrived at camp extremely out of shape. This was surprising due to the fact that most observers saw the opportunity for him to join the starting lineup amidst speculation that Leonard Davis could be released, which he was. In the era of RKG, showing up for a job interview unprepared probably ranks very low on the list of things a person should do.
A training camp back injury followed for Holland, and he was soon replaced in the starting lineup by 7th rounder Bill Nagy from Wisconsin. Holland returned for the fourth and final preseason game and seemed to acquit himself well, but must not have done enough to maintain his place on the roster.
He will now be able to sign with any team that sees a need for his services. Holland's release indicates that the Cowboys have probably placed a waiver claim on a released player, and awarded his services, per ESPN's Bryan Broaddus. Get to guessing BTB!