For the past few days, everyone in the DFW area has been trying to figure out which undrafted free agents were actually signed by the Dallas Cowboys. The team put all the reports and rumors to rest by releasing its official list of 24 rookie signings on Tuesday.
– Andre Cureton, G from Cincinnati
– Ben Malena, RB from Texas A&M
– Brian Clarke, G from Bloomsburg
– Casey Kreiter, LS from Iowa
– Chris Boyd, WR from Vanderbilt
– Chris Whaley, DT from Texas
– Cody Mandell, P from Alabama
– Dashaun Phillips, CB from Tarleton State
– Davon Coleman, DT from Arizona State
– Dontavis Sapp, LB from Tennessee
– Dustin Vaughan, QB from West Texas A&M
– Evan Wilson, TE from Illinois
– Glasco Martin, RB from Baylor
– Jarrod Pughsley, G from Akron
– JC Copeland, FB from LSU
– Joe Windsor, LB from Northern Illinois
– Jocquel Skinner, CB from Bethel College
– Jordan Najvar, TE from Baylor
– Josh Aladenoye, OT from Illinois State
– Keith Smith, LB from San Jose State
– L’Damian Washington, WR from Missouri
– Marvin Robinson, S from Ferris State
– Ronald Patrick, G from South Carolina
– Ryan Smith, S from Auburn
While the list includes most of the names that floated around the Internet over the weekend folioing the 2014 NFL Draft, one name isn’t there. Even though it’s just one undrafted free agent, it’s catching the attention of Cowboys fans for two reasons: 1. He’s a quarterback and 2. He’s a Texas native.
Kolton Browning, the UL-Monroe quarterback by way of Mabank High School was reported to have signed with Dallas following the draft and although he wasn’t getting as much attention as humorous signal-caller Dustin Vaughan, he stuck out because many Cowboys fans though the team should have drafted a quarterback.
Sure, Tony Romo is 34 years old and coming off two back surgeries but for once, the Cowboys know what they’re doing. The team needed to address its glaring needs on the defensive side of the ball and shore up the offensive line to better protect Romo, and did just that.
While many Cowboys fans don’t see it, Brandon Weeden is a competent backup and an intriguing developmental project in an organization with which he can actually improve. That wasn’t the case during his tenure with the Cleveland Browns.
Vaughan is the wild card here because he’s not expected to make the roster, but there’s something about him that makes you think he can defy the odds and then climb the depth chart. After the early reports, it looked like he’d have competition with Browning chasing the same dream, but now the attention goes back to the officially signed undrafted free agents and their chances of making the active roster in 2014.