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Roster Moves: Cowboys trade for LB Jayrone Elliott, DT Cedric Thornton released, DT Lewis Neal to practice squad

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The Cowboys are not done building their 53-man roster.

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NFL 53-man rosters were “official” on Saturday at 3pm CT, but that does not at all mean that teams were done tinkering with them. The Cowboys have already made a few moves, including a trade on Saturday.

We’re at Sunday afternoon and you can double up that number of trades, because the Cowboys have pulled off another, this time for Green Bay Packers linebacker Jayrone Elliott.

Per Todd Archer, the Cowboys sent a conditional seventh-round pick in 2018 to Green Bay in exchange for Elliott’s services. Jayrone becomes another Elliott on the Dallas Cowboys roster, and his presence could be an indicator that the Cowboys plan to move Anthony Hitchens to injured reserve. Even if they don’t move Hitchens, the Cowboys needed linebacker depth while he’s out.

Cedric Thornton was released by the Cowboys

Shortly after claiming former Packers DT Brian Price, the Cowboys answered the question as to who’s roster spot he would be taking. They have officially released Cedric Thornton.

It was just an offseason ago that Dallas signed Thornton to a four-year $17M deal in free agency after his exit from Philadelphia. Thornton was hardly ever impressive during his first season in Dallas, and as a result that was ultimately his last.

The Cowboys now have Maliek Collins, Stephen Paea, and Brian Price at defensive tackle. And now they have another project on their practice squad.

Lewis Neal is headed to the practice squad

A popular pet cat around BTB was the undersized defensive tackle product out of LSU, Lewis Neal. While it was tough to see him let go by the Cowboys, given his smaller frame it was somewhat understandable.

Worry not, my friends! Lewis Neal is telling you not to.

In a matter of about an hour the Cowboys have made a lot of interesting moves at defensive tackle. Brian Price is in, Cedric Thornton is out, and Lewis Neal is a project worth working on that is now on the practice squad.

What do you think of all the moves happening, BTB?