Offseason Personnel Update
The Cowboys re-signed wide receiver Zuriel Smith to a one-year contract, reuniting with their sixth-round draft pick (186th overall) from 2003.
Smith played in nine games for Dallas in 2003 and went to training camp with the club in Oxnard, Calif., last summer. But he never made enough big plays to get himself out of the numbers crunch at receiver and was released on Sept. 5, a week before the start of the regular season. The 5-11, 166-pound receiver did not sign with another team and was out of football last season.
The Cowboys signed linebacker Kevin DeRonde. DeRonde (6-5, 259) originally signed with the club as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State in 2002, but was released after training camp.
The Cowboys re-signed DeRonde following the 2002 season and allocated him to NFL Europe, where he had four sacks and 24 tackles for the Barcelona Dragons. DeRonde's versatility allowed him to play defensive end and linebacker. He was released by the Cowboys in 2003 and by the Texans in 2004.
DeRonde's size and speed would be a good fit if the Cowboys decide to change to a 3-4 defensive scheme.
Personnel Coming Back
QUARTERBACK: Starter -- Vinny Testaverde. Backups -- Drew Henson and Tony Romo.
RUNNING BACKS: Starters -- RB Julius Jones, FB Darian Barnes. Backups -- RB Eddie George, RB Reshard Lee, RB Richie Anderson, FB Lousaka Polite.
TIGHT END: Starter -- Jason Witten. Backups -- Dan Campbell, Brett Pierce, Sean Ryan, Jeff Robinson.
WIDE RECEIVERS: Starters -- Keyshawn Johnson, Terry Glenn. Backups -- Quincy Morgan, Patrick Crayton, Terrence Copper, Randal Williams.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Starters -- LT Flozell Adams, LG Larry Allen, C Al Johnston, RG Andre Gurode, RT Torrin Tucker. Backups -- T Kurt Vollers, T Jacob Rogers, G/C Tyson Walter, G Ben Noll.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Starters-- DE Greg Ellis, DT La'Roi Glover, DT Leo Carson, DT Marcellus Wiley. Backups -- DE Eric Ogbogu, DE Kenyon Coleman, DT DeVone Claybrooks.
LINEBACKERS: Starters --Al Singleton, Dat Nguyen, Dexter Coakley. Backups -- Bradie James, Scott Shanle, Kalen Thornton, Ryan Fowler and Keith O'Neil.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: Starters -- CB Lance Frazier, CB Terence Newman, S Roy Williams, S Lynn Scott. Backups-- CB Pete Hunter, CB Nate Jones, CB Jacques Reeves, S Tony Dixon, S Keith Davis.
PECIAL TEAMS: PK Billy Cundiff, P Mat McBriar, PR Lance Frazier, KR Reshard Lee, DS Jeff Robinson
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