Holland & Young Released; Fiammetta & Dockery In

While the rosters were required to be trimmed to 53 on Saturday, the Cowboys were far from satisfied with their 53. Yesterday the Boys made a couple of roster moves in an effort to bolster their backfield and offensive line.

The Cowboys cut veteran guard Montrae Holland to free up room to sign the former Panthers fullback, Tony Fiammetta. Later Sunday, the Cowboys released Sam Young, second-year tackle, to bring in G Derrick Dockery. The moves suggest that the Cowboys just weren’t pleased with the 53-man roster and still had some tweaks to do. They might not be done yet.

With Leonard Davis released in the offseason, the right guard position was thought to be Holland’s. Holland came over from Denver in 2008 and showed up for training camp in poor shape. As a result, Holland spent most of the preseason rehabbing from injuries and working with the trainers to improve his conditioning. The Cowboys were less than impressed and rookie Bill Nagy ended up taking Holland’s job.

The release of Sam Young has more to do with a lack of offseason than anything else. Young, a sixth round pick out of Notre Dame, was developing well last year, but he was really affected by the lockout and not being able to continue to his development with the team during the offseason workouts. The Cowboys will try to sign him to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

It was clear that the Cowboys were not impressed with any of their fullbacks during the preseason. They released all four and appeared to be ready to head into the season with Jon Phillips and Jason Witten playing some in the backfield. It looks like that plan has changed as the Cowboys brought in Tony Fiammetta. Fiammetta, a 2009 fourth round draft pick for Carolina, appeared in 24 games in his two seasons with the Panthers. He is a big boy at 6’0, 240 lbs., and, at 25 years of age, he has lots left in the tank.

In Dockery, the Cowboys get an experienced guard who can play both sides of center and will likely be a depth move, but he could push to start if Nagy cannot hold up. Dockery has played seven seasons with the Redskins and Bills, but he missed all but two games last year with a knee injury. Dockery was drafted out of the University of Texas and seems to be in the “old” mould for a Cowboys lineman. He is turning 31 this year and tips the scales at 330 lbs. With the lineman the Cowboys have currently, Dockery seems to be the road paver of the bunch.

While that is two moves the Cowboys have made ahead of the start of the season, the Cowboys seem far from settled with their roster and might still add some help in the secondary or wide receiver positions.


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