IRVING, Texas – An attempt to recite the names of every defensive lineman to go through Dallas in 2013 can cause more than a few stumbles.
Injuries attacked that specific spot on defense and a horde of defensive linemen cycled in and out of Dallas, with more than 20 players on the line joining the Cowboys between training camp and the end of the season. Some of them stayed in Dallas, but the majority went on to new locations.
For those wondering where some of the more seldom-used players are currently at, here’s a look at the linemen who joined the Cowboys in 2013, saw regular season action and played less than half the season, came in the middle of the year or were cut before season’s end.
Marvin Austin – The former second-round pick joined the Cowboys before the Week 8 game against the Lions. That’s the only game he saw action in and is now a free agent.
David Carter – The defensive tackle wasn’t active for the Week 3 Rams game after joining the team but played in the next three games for the Cowboys. He was then cut and is now on Oakland’s reserve/futures list.
Landon Cohen – The defensive tackle joined the team in training camp at the same time as
Everett Dawkins – At 6-2, 300 pounds, Dawkins’ slight frame for a defensive tackle didn’t matter as much to Rod Marinelli, who wanted his linemen to get up field. Dawkins joined the Cowboys midway through the year, playing one game against the Saints. He wasn’t active the next week and was then cut. Dawkins is now on Tampa Bay’s reserve/futures list.
Jerome Long – The defensive tackle played in the first three games of the season before getting cut. He’s now a free agent.
Drake Nevis – The most-used player on this list was active for 11 games in the middle of the year after joining the four weeks into the year. He was cut prior to the Week 16 game against the Redskins and then signed with Jacksonville through 2014.
Jason Vega (played two games) – Vega bounced from the practice squad to the active roster and played in two games before going back to the practice squad. He was cut after Week 10 and then returned to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL.