On Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys claimed defensive end Thaddeus Gibson off of waivers.
The Cowboys have been dealing with quality depth issues along the offensive line and defensive line since the first day of camp. The team kicked off training camp by losing starting guard Mackenzy Bernadeau and starting defensive tackle Jay Ratliff to injury while taking their conditioning test.
The very next day the team lost backup defensive end Tyrone Crawford for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. The Cowboys then got more bad news when starting defensive end Anthony Spencer underwent knee surgery, which was supposed to keep him out anywhere from two-to-three weeks. Since then, it has been determined that Spencer will be out more like five weeks.
To help alleviate some of the burden left by the sudden losses of said players the Cowboys have gone out and singed a mixture of players in hopes that defensive line coach Rod Marinelli can work his magic.
Gibson was a fourth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, but never flourished as a 3-4 linebacker. The Cowboys will be Gibson’s eighth team in the last three years, so the chances of him actually making this team are slim.
Gibson does, however, have a connection to Marinelli, whom he played for as a member of the Chicago Bears in 2011. For his career, Gibson has three total tackles and two forced fumbles. To make room for Gibson, on the roster, the Cowboys parted way with undrafted rookie free agent tackle James Nelson.