NFL Cuts 2010: Dallas Cowboys Release Pat Watkins

Safety Pat Watkins is the first big name veteran to get the ax at Valley Ranch, as he and two undrafted rookies have been cut to reduce the roster to 75.

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NFL Cuts 2010: Cowboys Cut Roster Down To 53

The Dallas Cowboys cut 20 players on Saturday to get their roster down to 53 players. Tim MacMahon reports that Sam Hurd, despite not taking a pay cut, survived the roster cuts.

Here, according to MacMahon, are the 20 Cowboys that were cut on Saturday:

  • OT Will Barker 
  • OG Travis Bright 
  • DE Marcus Dixon 
  • RB Herb Donaldson 
  • TE DajLeon Farr 
  • CB Cletis Gordon 
  • WR Jesse Holley 
  • WR Manny Johnson 
  • OLB Curtis Johnson 
  • CB Bryan McCann 
  • RB Lonyae Miller 
  • LB Steve Octavien 
  • TE Jason Pociask 
  • TE Martin Rucker 
  • DL Jimmy Saddler-McQueen 
  • LB Brandon Sharpe 
  • NT Junior Siavii 
  • OL Mike Tepper 
  • CB Jamar Wall 
  • CB Teddy Williams

The Cowboys open their 2010 regular season next Sunday night against Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins.

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Marcus Dixon Will Be Among Cowboys Cuts

Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Marcus Dixon concurred with a tweet reporting his demise this afternoon.

@ProFootballMgmt Despite having a very good preseason, the Cowboys have released fan favorite DL Marcus Dixon. We will be back!
about 2 hours ago via web

Retweeted by marcusdixon92 and 7 others

The Cowboys will announce their 53-man roster Saturday.

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NFL Cuts 2010: Dallas Cowboys Release Pat Watkins

Tim McMahon reports today that the Dallas Cowboys informed safety Patrick Watkins that he will be released tomorrow when the team must cut to 75 players. A four year veteran, Watkins has maintained a spot on the roster through strong special teams play. After the Cowboys drafted Akwasi Owusu-Ansah in the fourth round, they signed undrafted rookies Barry Church and Danny McCray. The trio has impressed coaches both on special teams - where Owusu-Ansah has shown some ability on returns and McCray has been impressive in coverage - and on the defensive unit. 

The move does ensure a great deal of inexperience at the safety position. Veteran Gerald Sensabaugh will start at strong safety, but Alan Ball will be in his first year starting at free safety and primary backup Michael Hamlin has little game experience. The rookies will fight for possibly two remainining slots, with Owusu-Ansah virtually assured of a spot.

McMahon runs down the other expected moves:

A pair of undrafted rookies, wide receiver Terrell Hudgins and tight end Scott Sicko, were officially released.

The Cowboys will put tight end John Phillips, who tore his ACL in the Aug. 8 preseason opener and will have surgery Tuesday, on injured reserve. Linebacker Stephen Hodge, who is recovering from microfracture knee surgery, will remain on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

The team will have one more week to set its final 53-man roster. Among those on the bubble, veteran Sam Hurd must show that his experience and versatility are worth the extra million dollars that he would cost the team in place of a first year player.

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