Cowboys Release Three
The Cowboys have released safety Pat Watkins, tight end Scott Sicko, and wide receiver Terrell Hudgins in their first round of roster cuts. The team needs to be down to 75 players by tomorrow.
Watkins release was inevitable. With his injury history and young, promising rookies behind him (Owusu-Ansah, Hamlin, Church, and McCray), there simply wasn’t a spot for Watkins, even with his solid special teams play.
I also didn’t anticipate the release of Sicko, at least not so soon. The Cowboys were able to coax Sicko into signing a free agent contract with the team, so they obviously liked something about him. His play in the preseason was poor, though, and it’s probably never a good idea to save a roster spot for someone who may not be 100 percent committed to football.
With only DajLeon Farr and Martin Rucker sitting behind Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett, however, I thought Sicko would at least stick around for the last preseason game. His ability to motion and transition into an F-Back type role is something Bennett can’t really do.
His release means the Cowboys might be willing to run less two-tight end sets in 2010. This makes sense with the weapons they have at receiver.
It is also good news for fullback Chris Gronkowski. I still don’t think it is a good idea for the team to retain two fullbacks, but maybe they envision Gronkowski as more of a fullback/tight end hybrid who can fit into a role similar to that of John Phillips, circa 2009.