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Cowboys Waive Brewster; Call Up Holley

The Dallas Cowboys made, to me, a very puzzling move today when they released backup T Robert Brewster and signed WR Jesse Holley for special teams depth.

Brewster was in his second year even though he missed his first year due to a pectoral injury. Brewster had played fairly well in the preseason and showed a lot of potential to possibly crack the lineup at points this year, or, at the very least develop into a nice player a year or two from now. Brewster was drafted in the third round of the 2009 NFL Entry Draft out of Ball State. The Cowboys toyed with playing him at guard, but never made the move in the preseason.

Holley, the winner of former Cowboy Michael Irvin’s reality show “4th and Long”, spent all of last year on the practice squad. He had a terrific preseason on special teams and even made some plays at receiver. He has no chance to see the field on offense this week unless the Cowboys lose three receivers to injury. Apparently, special teams coach Joe DeCamillis has been trying to get Holley up to the 53-man roster all season. “I’ve really been trying to get him up for a long time,” DeCamillis said. “The opportunity presented itself, and hopefully he does well. His [effort] stands out over a lot of people that I’ve seen in the past. We’re hoping that a lot of that same energy he brought in the preseason we can get for this game.”

While I understand the Cowboys need help on special teams, especially after the game against the Titans, I fail to see how this move makes the team any better. The chances that Brewster clears waivers and becomes eligible for the practice squad is next to nil. The Cowboys, more than likely, ended up getting rid of a future starter for a temporary practice squad fill in for special teams. Now, I like Holley. I even think he could be a decent receiver. But the Cowboys had something in Brewster, and unless he fell off horribly since the preseason, I have no idea why you would let him go. What about Alex Barron? Why would you not let him go? He does not have a future in this league beyond what we have already seen. Brewster, at least could have played to Barron’s level right now and definitely exceeded it in the future.

With the release of Brewster the Cowboys now only have five players from the twelve player 2009 draft class on the active roster: LB’s Brandon Williams, Jason Williams, Victor Butler QB Stephen McGee and K David Buehler. You also have LB Stephen Hodge and TE John Phillips on injured reserve for the year. Seventh round pick WR Manny Johnson is on the practice squad for yet another year. I think this draft class is on it’s way to being considered a bust.

The Cowboys may have gotten stronger on special teams for this week, but they got a lot weaker on offense for the future.

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