Dallas Cowboys: 5 Most Surprising Roster Cuts of 2014

Dallas Cowboys: 5 Most Surprising Roster Cuts of 2014

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The Dallas Cowboys had to cut down their roster today to 53 men. That being said, the Cowboys had to say goodbye to many quality football players. In this list, I will name the five most surprising roster cuts. These five players had their moments in the preseason, but the odds were stacked against them. Without further ado, here are the Cowboys' five most surprising roster cuts.

5. Zach Minter

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5. Zach Minter

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Zach Minter had the game of his life against the Baltimore Ravens. Despite signing with the Cowboys two days before the matchup, Minter finished the game with four tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble. Because of that performance, Minter lined up with the first-stringers in their game against the Miami Dolphins. In that game, he managed only two tackles. For Minter, it was good while it lasted.

4. Uche Nwaneri

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4. Uche Nwaneri

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The Cowboys signed Uche Nwaneri over the offseason thinking he would be a nice depth player off the bench. Nwaneri has also had experience at center, which made him even more valuable to this offensive line. After cutting Nwaneri, the Cowboys elected to go with a younger player in John Wetzel.

3. Laron Byrd

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3. Laron Byrd

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Laron Byrd looks the part for an NFL wide receiver at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. Byrd had his moments in the preseason, but like I said earlier, the odds were stacked against him and that was ultimately the reason why he was cut. The Cowboys were already taking five receivers, and taking another would only mean less depth on the defense.

2. Ryan Williams

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2. Ryan Williams

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Although he was a second-round pick, Ryan Williams flamed out in Arizona for some reason. The Cowboys loved him out of Virginia Tech and the team thought he could be a nice complementary back behind starter DeMarco Murray. Instead, Williams failed to impress with the Cowboys. With that logic, the Cowboys decided to cut ties with Williams and keep Joseph Randle as the backup.

1. Terrance Mitchell

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1. Terrance Mitchell

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Terrance Mitchell was turning a lot of heads throughout the preseason and training camp. After waiving B.W. Webb and the suspensions to Orlando Scandrick and Jakarr Hamilton, it seemed like Mitchell was guaranteed a roster spot. After signing Jemea Thomas the other day, the Cowboys seemed to like the latter instead of the Oregon product. It will be tough to see him go, but there is a reason why Mitchell was cut.

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