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Newman’s Injury and CB Positions Still Uncertain

reeves_jacques.jpgTerrence Newman still didn’t practice with the team on Monday and the Cowboys picked up defensive back Evan Oglesby off waivers on Sunday.  Oglesby is a two-year veteran of the Baltimore Ravens where he played both cornerback and safety.  Originally an undrafted rookie out of North Alabama, he was signed to the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad in 2005,  then signing with Baltimore later in the season.  He played the entire 2006 season with the Ravens and recorded 10 tackles and one pass defended in the 2007 preseason.

To make room on the roster for him, as well as LB Justin Rogers who was also picked up from waivers on Sunday,  CB Alan Ball and S Abram Elam were released.  Ball was then signed to the practice squad on Monday.

With Newman’s status still uncertain for Sunday’s opener against the Giants, it appears that fourth-year player Jacques Reeves will be the probable starter and the third CB on the roster for the season.  Unless newly acquired Oglesby can prove himself this week as a viable option, the Cowboys will have to go with Reeves as they lost the option of  reacquiring veteran Aaron Glenn who was signed off waivers Sunday by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Other than the glaring question of who will be the starting CB come Sunday, the team did finalize its practice squad with the signings of  TE Rodney Hannah, RB Alonzo Coleman, QB Richard Bartel, CB Quincy Butler, WR Mike Jefferson, LB Khari Long, and DE Marcus Smith, and CB Alan Ball re-signed on Monday.  QB Matt Moore, DT Remi Ayodele and WR Jerheme Urban were all picked up off waivers, Moore by the Panthers, Ayodele by the Falcons and Urban by the Cardinals. 

When questioned on the releasing of Glenn, Phillips said, “It’s not to knock Aaron Glenn, because he’s got value to a team certainly, (but) we felt the guys we kept are value to our team,” Phillips said of Glenn. “We gained a lot from him being here certainly. Because (his teammates) were around him in the meeting. They saw how a real pro acts and how a real pro gets ready to play.

Apparently, the criteria used in evaluating players to keep or to cut were three factors;  the likelihood of starting now, starting in the near future, and value on special teams.  Evidently, Glenn didn’t meet any of these and was released, Oglesby, on the other hand, has potential for at least two of the three, having played on special teams for the Ravens. 

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