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Cut Tracker: Keeping up with all Cowboys-related waives and … – Cowboys Wire

The work will not be done by Tuesday. Although many people call it the final 53-man roster, in reality it is the initial 53-man roster. Teams have to be down to 53 players by 3:00 p.m. central time on Tuesday afternoon, but that’s hardly the final version of the regular-season roster. It’s the first of many and fans should be prepared for their team to make a handful of adjustments as they scour the wires for transactions made by other teams.
The Dallas Cowboys will still have needs they don’t feel completely competent they’ve addressed, or might see an opportunity to upgrade a position. So as they waive players with less than four years experience, allowing their contracts to be claimed by another team, or outright release vested veterans, they’ll be watching.
And then there will be a dance. A guy cut from another team could be of interest, causing Dallas to move on from someone who less than 24 hours prior was excited about making the team. Trades can happen. Players can make the roster, be moved to injured reserve, and a released player could be right back to Dallas. Here is our roster move tracker to keep up with everything.
Compare it to our final, initial 53-man roster projection to see how well we did.
 
Cowboys have waived WR T.J. Vasher, person familiar with decision said. Vasher has rare length (84 3/8-inch wing span), which he applied to make arguably the catch of training camp in Oxnard. pic.twitter.com/C1ks9Tb2uS
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 28, 2022

Vasher spent last season on the NFI list after being signed as a UDFA out of Texas Tech.
Vasher is on Cowboys Wire’s projection as a practice squad candidate.
Cowboys waived C/G James Empey, a person familiar with situation said. Undrafted rookie from BYU showed versatility in preseason, working at both RG and center. He helped clear path on RB Malik Davis' 6-yard run during a fourth-quarter touchdown drive vs. Broncos. pic.twitter.com/pBOYLODDuP
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 28, 2022

Empey was one of two centers the club signed in undrafted free agency, with Boston College’s Alec Lindstrom being the other.
Empey is on Cowboys Wire’s projection as a practice squad candidate.
The Cowboys will release QB Ben DiNucci, a 7th-round pick in 2020, according to sources. He started one game and appeared in three as a rookie. He spent last season on the practice squad. Backup QB job between Cooper Rush, Will Grier.
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 29, 2022

A family friend of Mike McCarthy, DiNucci lagged far behind in the competition for backup QB. The only question is whether his ties would lead to a practice squad role again.
Cowboys have waived former UCF DE Markaviest "Big Kat" Bryant, a person familiar with decision said. Team has begun cutdown from 80 to 53 players. Process to be done in multiple waves before Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT. Bryant recorded a sack vs. Chargers in second preseason game. pic.twitter.com/OgFL8ziJXZ
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 28, 2022

Cowboys have waived OT Amon Simon, person familiar with decision said. Undrafted rookie made the jump from Texas A&M-Commerce. He helped clear a path for RB Aaron Shampklin in Friday's preseason win vs. Seahawks. pic.twitter.com/9kn9EDibVT
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 28, 2022

Cowboys have waived DE Mika Tafua, person familiar with decision said. Undrafted rookie from Utah had an impressive summer, including a sack vs. Chargers, and would be strong fit for practice squad if he clears waivers Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/tZLs9t1k1w
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

Cowboys have waived LB Storey Jackson, person familiar with move said. Undrafted rookie made a successful transition from Liberty and is expected to have future on Dallas practice squad, if he clears waivers. pic.twitter.com/ERwFzKp87P
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

Cowboys have waived C Alec Lindstrom, person familiar with decision said. Former Boston College standout impressed in a competitive group of rookie interior linemen. Strong fit for practice squad should he pass waivers. pic.twitter.com/YMhjVssem6
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

Cowboys waived WR Dontario Drummond, person familiar with move said. Undrafted rookie from Mississippi showed versatility, working at multiple receiver spots and returner. Preseason included first-down catch on over route and TD vs. Seahawks (nullified by holding penalty). pic.twitter.com/ulRTL1jJx0
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

Cowboys waived WR Brandon Smith, person familiar with decision said. He impressed this preseason and, if he clears waivers, would be strong fit for their practice squad. pic.twitter.com/IbBbndnwah
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

Cowboys have released DT Carlos Watkins, person familiar with move said. Long, athletic veteran was a 14-game starter in 2021, his most memorable snap arguably an interception for a touchdown during win over Saints. pic.twitter.com/TreE8mhJBG
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

Cowboys have waived TE Sean McKeon, person familiar with decision said. McKeon arguably had catch of training camp in 2021 but knee injury slowed him this summer. Chance to rejoin team on practice squad if clears waivers. pic.twitter.com/PxB86juGhr
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

Cowboys waived C/G Braylon Jones, person familiar with move said. He has worked at all three interior offensive line positions — preseason work at LG and RG — and took some first-team reps in joint practice vs. Chargers. Expected to join practice squad if he clears waivers. pic.twitter.com/Wx7bvxOmI8
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

Cowboys have waived DL Josiah Bronson, person familiar with decision said. He produced bright flashes in preseason and is expected to be invited to practice squad should he clears waivers. pic.twitter.com/Zex5PSIH3w
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

Cowboys waiving Juanyeh Thomas, per source. They'd like him back on practice squad.
— Bobby Belt (@BobbyBeltTX) August 30, 2022

Cowboys have waived S Tyler Coyle, person familiar with move said. Between his work at safety, nickel cornerback and special teams, Coyle is far from a lock to clear waivers. Cowboys were unusually deep in the secondary. pic.twitter.com/SvUrYWMt2y
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

Cowboys have waived S Tyler Coyle, person familiar with move said. Between his work at safety, nickel cornerback and special teams, Coyle is far from a lock to clear waivers. Cowboys were unusually deep in the secondary. pic.twitter.com/SvUrYWMt2y
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

Cowboys waived RB Malik Davis, person familiar with move said. Undrafted rookie from Florida had strong summer and will be a priority target for practice squad if he clears waivers. Davis not only impressed offensively but delivered key block on kickoff return for touchdown. pic.twitter.com/nhaDBM8yky
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

The Cowboys have released K Brett Maher, LS Jake McQuaid and ST ace C.J. Goodwin, but all three will be back in some form for Week 1 as the Cowboys manipulate their roster, according to multiple sources. Need spots for IR to return guys, other moves. All vested vets, no waivers.
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 30, 2022

Cowboys waived QB Will Grier, person familiar with move said. He impressed this summer with his downfield aggressiveness and athleticism while overcoming a groin issue that interrupted an otherwise strong training camp. pic.twitter.com/aZe2EwnqmC
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

The Cowboys are keeping one QB on the 53-man roster for the time being: Dak Prescott. Cooper Rush and Will Grier have been released, according to sources. Rush does not go through waivers; Grier does. Likely both will be back in some form – PS or active – to serve as backup.
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 30, 2022

Cowboys waived-injured rookie RB Aaron Shampklin, person familiar with decision said. The Harvard graduate had an impressive summer, earning spot on practice squad before suffering a high-ankle sprain with about a minute remaining in Friday's preseason finale. pic.twitter.com/rQHmhIvQ93
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

Cowboys waived-injured CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart, person close to situation said. Undrafted rookie from USC suffered a right ankle injury in Friday's preseason finale, and unfortunately, the expectation is he will require surgery. pic.twitter.com/LGjgQbljDe
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

Cowboys have released LB Malik Jefferson, person close to situation said. Dallas-area native and former Texas Longhorn is expected to remain in his hometown with path to practice squad. He produced on both defense and special teams this preseason. pic.twitter.com/AXwDWvTMA8
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

Cowboys OL Isaac Alarcon avoided a major setback when injuring his right ankle in last Friday's preseason win vs. Seahawks. After being waived today, he is expected to be signed Wednesday to practice squad, person close to situation said. NFL journey for Mexico native continues. pic.twitter.com/Cn7guyyCgf
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 30, 2022

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