Henry Melton, the Dallas Cowboys' key offseason defensive acquisition, said he’s ready for the season opener against San Francisco after not playing in the preseason.

Melton said his knee and his groin, which he tweaked during training camp, are fine and he expects to start Sunday against the 49ers. Melton said he’s not sure how much he will play against San Francisco but won’t be opposed to the coaching staff putting him on a play limit.

“I’m just going to go with the flow,” Melton said. “If they want to hold me to a certain amount of plays, I’m just going to listen to them.”

For the Cowboys to have any chance of having a solid defense this season, they need Melton to play well.

The 2012 Pro Bowl defensive tackle is capable of being disruptive against the run with his ability to penetrate, while also providing a good pass rush and collapsing the middle of the pocket.

That's especially important against a physical offense like San Francisco, which prefers to use its running game to control the game. Last season, the 49ers ranked third in the NFL in rushing attempts (505) and yards per game (137.6) and fourth with 18 touchdowns.

“The biggest thing for (Melton),” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said, “is to get out there and practice and go against a live opponent. He was able to do some of that today.”
ASHBURN, Va. -- A little this and that as the Washington Redskins returned to work Monday:
  • Tracy Porter re-injured his hamstring in practice Saturday and did not practice Monday. The big knock on Porter throughout his career has been durability. Last season was the first time Porter played 16 games -- and only the second time he's played more than 12 -- in six seasons. The Redskins want Porter to play in the slot. Rookie corner Bashaud Breeland has worked there this summer, but is still learning the position.
  • The Redskins finalized their 10-member practice squad, signing safety Akeem Davis, as expected, and linebacker Chaz Sutton. Davis was cut by Washington Sunday after it claimed Duke Ihenacho off waivers. Tampa Bay cut Sutton on Aug. 25 after signing him as an undrafted free agent from South Carolina in May. The 6-foot-5, 263-pound Sutton played defensive end in college.
  • The Redskins placed safety Phillip Thomas on the practice squad for the same reason they did it with Chris Thompson. They have questions about his ability to stay healthy and want to see him work for an extended time without getting hurt. Thomas visited his foot specialist in North Carolina over the weekend to determine the cause of soreness in his foot. It's the same foot that suffered a Lisfranc injury last summer. Thomas did not practice Monday and might not be ready for another week or so. The Redskins do like him, but being available is a must.
  • The Redskins did not want to put linebacker Darryl Sharpton on injured reserve, but coach Jay Gruden said his sprained ankle was "worse than we anticipated." Sharpton suffered a high ankle sprain in the first preseason game against New England and did not think he'd miss that much time, though this type of injury can linger. "We had high hopes for Darryl," Gruden said. "It just didn't get any better for him. We want to make sure we take care of it the right way."
Defensive end Lavar Edwards, a fifth-round pick of the Tennessee Titans last season, is happy to be with the Dallas Cowboys because he believes he’ll fit better in the Cowboys’ 4-3 scheme than the Titans' 3-4 defense.

The 6-foot-4, 277-pound Edwards had nine tackles in seven games as a rookie. The Cowboys acquired him on Saturday for a conditional 2015 seventh-round pick.

“I think I’m a little better fit in the 4-3,” Edwards said. “I was the only defensive end they kept on the line last year. They moved all the others to outside linebacker. I had no idea I was going to get traded, but it’s good to be employed. That’s the most important thing.”

Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys view Edwards as a left defensive end, which means he’ll usually line up against tight ends and tackles and will need to be strong against the run.

He'll join George Selvie, Tyrone Crawford and Jeremy Mincey as part of the Cowboys' defensive end rotation.

“He was a guy we really liked coming out of school,” Garrett said. “We feel like he can be part of our rotation -- a big strong guy who plays with really good effort.”

Jay Gruden explains RB decision

September, 1, 2014
Sep 1
ASHBURN, Va. -- The Redskins knew they had a tough choice at running back, which is why many expected them to keep four and not three. And then they kept three, a mild surprise, after their final cuts.

The surprise, too, was that of the three they kept none were Chris Thompson or sixth-round pick Lache Seastrunk. They at least signed Thompson to the practice squad, but opted not to do the same with Seastrunk. They also cut veteran Evan Royster.

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Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsThe Redskins kept three running backs on their 53-man roster, including undrafted rookie Silas Redd.
“It's not over for Lache,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “I'm sure somebody will get a look at him and it could be us later on. But we felt like we went with the three running backs who did the best. ... Lache had his big-play abilities and he's a good running back.”

But he also struggled in the pass game, despite his turning a short pass into an 80-yard touchdown against Tampa Bay in the preseason finale. He routinely was beaten in coverage during training camp practices.

The three who won jobs included undrafted rookie free agent Silas Redd, who earned his spot with his physical running style. He also was better in the pass game overall than Seastrunk, notably in protection. As for Thompson, health remains the single biggest issue. Before spraining an ankle, Thompson was on track for a roster spot. But it fed into the durability questions many have about him.

“We want Chris to come back and stay healthy for some time,” Gruden said. “He could be activated sooner than later if he can prove he can stay healthy. … Silas is all-around, running and blocking and catching. His consistency was pretty good for a rookie.”

The first two backs -- Alfred Morris and Roy Helu -- were not in question. Helu will handle third-down duties, though Redd will be able to provide an occasional boost.

For Redd, making the roster capped a tough road, starting off as undrafted. He found out he made it when he reached the locker room for practice Saturday. Had he not made it the 53, the Redskins would have told him beforehand. Redd then went to thank coach Jay Gruden and his position coach Randy Jordan.

“It's just a little surreal,” Redd said. “I worked really hard for it, prayed a lot. ... Being undrafted and coming in here [against] a sixth-round pick and not having a chance. That's a testament to my hard work and how I was brought up. I couldn't be more happy.”

Redd's coaches told him he must now adjust to regular-season work habits.

“[Jordan] said your preparation has to change, things you were doing just aren't good enough anymore. You have to step it up another level, you're a pro now,” Redd said. “I take full responsibility for that. I'm ready for that. That type of thing excites me.”
IRVING, Texas -- There are parts of his job that twice-retired middle linebacker Rolando McClain readily admits he does not enjoy.

For example, he could definitely do without dealing with the media, as McClain said as politely as possible as a swarm of reporters surrounded him Monday, six days before his debut with the Dallas Cowboys.

McClain at least sees the value in training camp, especially after a 20-month layoff from football. That doesn’t mean he liked it, especially as his body got used to the grind again after his long break from the game.

"If I lied and said I did enjoy camp, then you shouldn’t ask me any more questions," McClain said, laughing.

The real fun starts soon for McClain, who will likely start at middle linebacker for a Dallas defense desperate for playmakers.

McClain cut off questions about Sunday’s season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. He is adamant that he has to simply focus on the next practice, a fair point for a guy who has had problems staying on the practice field this summer. But he is clearly anxious for his first regular-season action since November 2012.

This is the kind of opportunity that makes the work worth it.

"I still love the game like I’m an 8-, 9-year old kid," McClain said. "It’s just about getting back into it, building chemistry with some of these guys, some trust, and just playing and having fun really."

The 25-year-old McClain’s passion for the game can certainly be questioned after he gave it up twice after being selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Oakland Raiders, but he insisted that was never his problem. He had to learn how to be a professional, which required a lot of growing up for a guy whose rocky road has included three arrests.

Over the past year, McClain has cut ties with a lot of his friends and family from his Alabama hometown, attempting to eliminate the bad influences from his life. He has made his two sons his priority and made his faith his foundation.

McClain doesn’t want to be the same guy who came into the league with such high expectations after being an All-American at Alabama. That guy failed in football and life.

"I’m just an overall better man," McClain said. "That makes me a better football player, a better boyfriend, a better father. You’ve got to start with the base, man, get yourself right and then fill in the blanks from there. That’s what I had to do."

The Cowboys acquired McClain’s rights in a minimum-risk deal with the Baltimore Ravens because they had a massive void at middle linebacker after Sean Lee's injury. After consulting with Alabama coach Nick Saban, head coach Jason Garrett and the Dallas decision-makers determined that it was worth taking a chance on McClain.

Given the low risk and Saban’s recommendation, the Cowboys could deal with McClain’s character red flags. Of course, that is the case only because of his rare talent.

The Cowboys really need McClain to live up to his potential to have any realistic hope of fielding a respectable defense.

"If you live up or care about somebody’s expectations, you’ll always let them down," McClain said. "So you set your own expectations.

"What are my expectations? I don’t have to reveal them."

McClain punctuated the thought with a laugh. At least football is fun for him again as the regular season approaches.

Duke Ihenacho: 'I bring physicality'

September, 1, 2014
Sep 1
ASHBURN, Va. -- This isn’t where Duke Ihenacho figured he would open the season. He anticipated another run in Denver, even after the Broncos signed a big-name free agent and even after the Broncos returned another former starter at his position.

Now Ihenacho is learning a new defense and trying to figure out a way to make an impact with his new team. The Washington Redskins claimed Ihenacho Sunday.

"He’s a tough guy and became available," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "We thought he could be immediate help and we’re lucky we got him."

The third-year Ihenacho started 17 games for Denver last season, including three postseason games. Even though Denver signed T.J. Ward and returned Quinton Carter from an injury, Ihenacho still thought he would stick with the Broncos. Now that he’s not with Denver, Ihenacho wants to make an impact here. In Denver, he stood out on special teams and is considered more of an in-the-box safety, struggling in some areas of coverage.

"I just bring some physicality, man, and playmaking ability," Ihenacho said, "a little more excitement, a little more passion to the game."

The question now becomes: How long will it take Ihenacho to contribute for his new team? He played in a different defensive system in Denver and will need time to learn Washington’s.

"I don’t know the defense too much," Ihenacho said. "Hopefully I’ll get squared up."

"It depends on how quickly he picks it up mentally," Gruden said. "I envision him participating in some capacity, but it’s too early to tell. We’ll see how much he can pick up and help on special teams. Whether he’s activated or not, we’ll see."

The Redskins wanted to improve their special teams this season, and Ihenacho represents more of that philosophy. The player Washington cut for him, Akeem Davis, initially earned a spot because of his special teams ability. But Ihenacho has more ability to provide help from scrimmage, which is important given safety Brandon Meriweather's two-game suspension.

Ihenacho embraces special teams.

"I think kickoff is the easiest thing in the world," Ihenacho said. "If you’ve got that mentality then they put you on kickoff because you like doing it."
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning says he doesn't care what the outside perception of the New York Giants' offense is, and Manning is easy to believe when he says such things. He is certainly accomplished enough in his career that he has no need to care about outside perception, and he has generally carried himself like someone unaffected by it. The fact that the passing game didn't show much in the preseason doesn't thrill him, but he is not bothered by how much it's worrying the fans.

So as the Giants begin their official preparations for their "Monday Night Football" opener in Detroit, Manning is focusing on the things the Giants' offense did well in the preseason, and choosing to build on those.

"I think we've been running the ball well," Manning said after Monday morning's practice. "I think we need to get better in the passing attack, finding completions, hitting some big plays down the field. But we've been doing that in practice, so we've made some strides and made some plays, and we just have to keep protecting the ball and playing smart. We've gotten ourselves into some pretty good third-down situations as of late. We've just got to convert them."

Manning has, throughout the summer, painted a picture of an offense that is almost there. He also said last week that he expected this new offense, under first-year coordinator Ben McAdoo, to remain a work in progress throughout at least part of the season. The trick will be finding ways to win games while everyone is still getting fully up to speed.

"The big thing happening in the preseason, the reason we won a couple of games, is because we didn't beat ourselves," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "If you look at the numbers, you can see that. So that is something we can hang our hat on, regardless of what the statistics are."

You can start to imagine a plan in which the Giants get things started this season with a run-heavy offensive game plan whose emphasis is on limiting turnovers, then build a passing game off of that as the season goes along. Not that they would admit to something like that, but it might make sense since they feel good about their defense and the ability of their offensive line to at least block the run.

"I have been practicing and I know exactly what we are capable of," wide receiver Victor Cruz said, when asked his reasons for optimism. "I know all of the things we've implemented that are beneficial to us and can benefit us on game day, and I'm excited to put that to the test come Monday Night."

That is when we will start finding out just what the Giants believe they're able to do with their offense right now, and maybe what they might have to wait until later in the season to try.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- They do not know yet how much he will be able to play in next Monday Night's season opener in Detroit. But after middle linebacker Jon Beason missed every training camp practice because of a foot injury, the New York Giants were excited to see their defensive team leader practicing with them Monday morning.

"His presence on the practice field is going to change things," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "He's upbeat, flying around a million miles an hour, encouraging other people to be better. It's just how hard he plays. He shows a great example. He loves the game. It's great to have him back out there."

Coughlin said the plan for Beason is to practice a set number of plays in the three practices the Giants have later this week -- Thursday, Friday and Saturday -- and then to determine based on that how much he will be able to play Monday Night. Beason's hope is to start at middle linebacker, but the Giants are comfortable if they have to use Jameel McClain in that spot and rookie Devon Kennard on the strong side, as they did during training camp and the preseason.

"We have great personalities, guys who can do a little bit of everything," Beason said of his fellow Giants linebackers. "I think it's a great room. I have tremendous confidence in everybody we have."

But having Beason on the field makes a difference, as players who were on the team in 2013 were quick to point out. The Giants were without an answer at middle linebacker until they traded for Beason early in the 2013 season, and they credit him for much of the turnaround their defense made following the team's 0-6 start.

"It's good to see him back," defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka said. "He's a hell of a player. He came out last year when we needed him and did a great job, and it was tough to see him go down with an injury. Having him back makes our defense better."

The fact that Beason was cleared to come off the PUP list and resume practicing this week indicates that he will be at full strength sooner rather than later. Even if he's not able to handle a full starter's workload in Week 1, he will be able to make some sort of contribution, and it shouldn't be long before he is back doing what he did for the Giants last season.

Redskins positional analysis: WRs

September, 1, 2014
Sep 1
Over the next few days I'll take a look at each position on the Washington Redskins roster, analyzing how they're better, or worse, compared to last season.

Who they have: DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, Ryan Grant, Aldrick Robinson

Newcomers: Jackson, Roberts, Grant

Who they lost: Josh Morgan, Nick Williams (now on practice squad)

Where they’re better: Speed and play-making ability. That’s mostly from Jackson, who was second in the NFL with 25 catches for 20 yards or more last season (behind Cleveland’s Josh Gordon), according to ESPN Stats & Information. Teams will be wary of his deep speed, which should in theory open up opportunities for others. We saw it in the preseason when Jackson would run a deep post, clearing out a side for another receiver to run to off a shallow crossing route. Roberts is solid in the slot; despite his speed he’s never been a big-play guy with a career average of 11.7 yards per catch (yes, in a different offense). Roberts had only three catches for 20 yards or more last season, but he has the ability -- and speed -- for more. Garcon is the same, but he and quarterback Robert Griffin III have not clicked a whole lot this summer. Grant had a terrific summer and is a savvy route runner. Moss and Robinson are the same.

Where they’re worse: They’re not. But with Leonard Hankerson still on the physically unable to perform list, the Redskins have short receivers. Garcon is their biggest guy at 6-foot, 216 pounds, but for the most part it’s a short group. Griffin tends to miss high, so having a big target or two among this group would help. Not that Hankerson was the answer, and not that size alone is the answer, but eventually it would be good to have a bigger receiver. That’s not just to help in the red zone but to withstand the punishment of 60-plus catches.

Overall: It’s an excellent group, especially the starters. With the first three -- Jackson, Roberts and Garcon -- the Redskins have the ability along with tight end Jordan Reed to create mismatches. What they have to hope is that someone from this group can win early, making it easier for Griffin. If not, then they’ll have to use more play-action than they would like. The big-play potential is obvious, and what helps Griffin is that Jackson is very good at adjusting routes when the quarterback scrambles. It sounds simplistic, but Jackson does that better than most. Roberts’ routes should enable quarterbacks to throw with trust to him. This is a good problem to have, but I do wonder how Griffin will handle two passionate receivers in Jackson and Garcon if they’re not getting the ball as often as they like.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As expected, New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason returned to practice Monday after missing all of training camp with a foot injury.

First-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr., who hasn't undergone a full practice since July 22 due to a hamstring injury, stretched with the team but worked on a back field with a trainer when the rest of his team began its practice drills.

At this point, with only three more practices left before next Monday night's regular-season opener in Detroit, it's hard to imagine Beckham playing in Week 1. It's not impossible to think he could practice in full Thursday, Friday and Saturday and be cleared to play, but it's not likely Tom Coughlin and the Giants' coaching staff would deem three practices enough to put a rookie wide receiver on the field for a game that counts.

Beason has been hoping since he injured his foot in OTAs to play in Week 1, and barring a setback this week it appears he will. The Giants likely will evaluate Beason as the week goes on and determine how much he'll be able to play in the opener. If he has to take a reduced workload, they are confident with Jameel McClain filling in for him at middle linebacker and Devon Kennard starting on the strong side in McClain's place.

Cornerback Prince Amukamara (groin) and offensive linemen James Brewer (back) and Charles Brown (shoulder) all appeared to be back and practicing in full. Guard Brandon Mosley (back) was working on the side with trainers, which means John Jerry is likely to start at right guard in the opener.

Dallas Cowboys waive Ahmad Dixon

September, 1, 2014
Sep 1
IRVING, Texas -- In order to make room for veteran safety C.J. Spillman on the 53-man roster, the Dallas Cowboys have waived Ahmad Dixon.

Dixon had an eventful summer, leading the Cowboys with 12 tackles in their preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers, showing up late to a walk-through that left him benched for the second preseason game and earning a $22,050 fine for hitting a defenseless receiver in the third preseason game.

If Dixon clears waivers, he could be brought back to the practice squad.

At the time Dixon was drafted, the Cowboys hoped he would develop into a special teams' ace, but they opted to keep Jemea Thomas, who was claimed off waivers from the New England Patriots last week, and go with Spillman, who led the San Francisco 49ers with 19 special teams' stops in 2013.

Dixon was one of the Cowboys' five seventh-round picks and the third to be cut, joining Will Smith and Terrance Mitchell. Ben Gardner is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. The only seventh-rounder currently on the 53-man roster is defensive tackle Ken Bishop.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles brought back eight of the players they released this weekend to form an eight-man practice squad.

That’s a reflection of coach Chip Kelly’s approach. Kelly values the time spent by coaches and players to develop within his offensive and defensive schemes. To bring in entirely new players would be to disregard all the work that’s been done in scouting, acquiring and coaching the players that spent training camp with the team.

The practice squad includes linebacker Emmanuel Acho, offensive linemen Josh Andrews and Kevin Graf, defensive lineman Wade Keliikipi, wide receivers Will Murphy and Quron Pratt, safety Ed Reynolds and running back Matthew Tucker.

The Eagles have two spots remaining, if they choose to fill them.

Reynolds was the Eagles’ fifth-round pick in this year’s draft. Because he went to Stanford, which operates on the trimester system, he was not able to report to the Eagles until well into the June practice sessions. Reynolds wasn’t able to make up for the lost time, but will get a chance now to practice with the team without the deadline for forming the 53-man roster.

Acho and Tucker were with the Eagles last season. Acho played in six games with the team and Tucker dressed for two games. Tucker clearly earned higher evaluations from the Eagles than running back Henry Josey, who was not brought back to the practice squad.

The Eagles begin practicing Tuesday for next Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Redskins signed eight players to their practice squad and will add a ninth once he clears waivers. Every player they signed was with the team this summer.

Washington signed tight end Ted Bolser, corner Richard Crawford, corner Chase Minnifield, offensive lineman Tevita Stevens, safety Phillip Thomas, nose tackle Robert Thomas, running back Chris Thompson and receiver Nick Williams. They waived Akeem Davis from the 53-man roster after claiming safety Duke Ihenacho off waivers. They will sign Davis to the practice squad once he clears waivers, according to a source.

All of the eight signed players were cut by Washington in the last week. The player missing from the list: rookie running back Lache Seastrunk. The Redskins could add one more player to the practice squad for a total of 10.

Of the eight signed, four were former draft picks: Bolser (seventh round, 2014), Crawford (seventh round, 2012), Thomas (fourth round, 2013) and Thompson (fifth round, 2013). The latter two had their chances hurt because of injury issues: Thomas has a sore foot, the same one that needed Lisfranc surgery last year; and Thompson has had durability questions.
The New York Giants announced Sunday that they've filled seven of the 10 available spots on their practice squad.

Of the seven players signed, six were released by the Giants in Saturday's cut-down to 53 players. The seventh, offensive tackle Nick Becton, was waived Tuesday by the San Diego Chargers.

Here are the seven players on the Giants' practice squad so far:

RB Michael Cox

CB Bennett Jackson

CB Chandler Fenner

LB Dan Fox

DE Jordan Stanton

WR Julian Talley

OT Nick Becton

Obviously, that leaves three spots still to fill. The Giants were interested in signing defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles to the practice squad after waiving him Saturday, but he was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots.

Five wonders: All about the roster

August, 31, 2014
Aug 31
IRVING, Texas -- Five Wonders is usually a Tuesday staple during the regular season, but after Saturday's final cuts we decided to break it out on Sunday.
  1. For the first time since 2011 with Stephen McGee the Cowboys have kept three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster with Dustin Vaughan joining Tony Romo and Brandon Weeden. I wonder if the Cowboys did not want to risk losing Vaughan at the final cuts and might look to cut him in the next day or two after the opposing teams settle their roster. It would be a way to sneak him through waivers and onto the practice squad. It might be a reach and nobody truly can “sneak” a player through waivers these days, but I believe teams are reluctant to add young quarterbacks to the roster in which they have no previous relationship. Vaughan really progressed since signing in May. He was erratic in the spring but started to come on in camp and in the preseason. Will he ever be a starter? I wouldn't go that far, but he has enough tools to make him worth developing. He has a big arm and he showed some surprising mobility.
  2. Last week Jerry Jones said there would be no additions to the Ring of Honor this year, but that could be subject to change. I wonder if he will put Ryan Williams in there after the 112 yards he put up on the ground in three preseason games. I kid, I kid. But the Cowboys' decision to cut Williams was panned by a lot of people. I had one guy tell me Williams was the Cowboys' best runner, and I wonder if I needed to introduce him to DeMarco Murray. Williams had a good summer. He ran hard. He showed some good vision against the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins. But there is more to being a backup running back than just running the ball. The fourth tailback has to play special teams. Williams was only OK and certainly not as good as Joseph Randle, who is the third tailback. When it was ones against ones in the first preseason game, Randle did a nice job and enough to show the Cowboys he was worth keeping but he would have been inactive every week. If Williams clears waivers, which is a distinct possibility because of his injury history and lack of production with the Arizona Cardinals, then he could be brought back to the practice squad and signed to the active roster at any point.
  3. On Tuesday I expect the Cowboys to put rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence on injured reserve with a designation to return. Lawrence can't go on that list sooner than Tuesday. I wonder if the Cowboys look to bring back Kenneth Boatright or Dartwan Bush to the active roster. Boatright and Bush were among the final cuts and also practice-squad eligible. To me, I would put Boatright on the active roster because he has more pass rush. Even with the addition of Lavar Edwards, I don't see enough natural pass-rushers on this roster.
  4. If you're wondering about whether the Cowboys will add veteran players after these cuts, I think you should stop. Maybe Kevin Vickerson of the Denver Broncos would make sense. He was hard for the Cowboys to block in the last preseason game. But I had people ask via Twitter if the Cowboys would go after Champ Bailey. Well, if it was the Bailey everybody remembered, I would say yes, but that guy never would have been available. But here's the big reason as to why I don't think they'll go after many (or any) vested veterans: if they are on the roster the first week of the regular season, they are guaranteed their base salary for the rest of the season. I believe that played a part in the departure of veteran guard Uche Nwaneri at the final cuts.
  5. I wonder who the 53rd player on the roster is right now. Could it be tackles Darrion Weems or John Wetzel. I wonder if Wetzel played better in the Broncos game that it would have spelled the end for Weems, who hurt his shoulder the first week of camp. I wonder if it is safety Jemea Thomas, who has yet to have a full practice with the club after getting picked up off waivers from the New England Patriots. I wonder if it is linebacker Cameron Lawrence, who figures to be a key special teamer, or fullback Tyler Clutts. The bottom of this roster should not exhale for quite some time. The Cowboys will be rolling through players over the next few days, weeks and months.