The Dallas Cowboys seemed like they had possibly found a hidden gem in wide receiver Dennis Houston after a productive showing in training camp. He played well enough to get a spot on the Cowboys’ 53-man roster, but his NFL journey may continue elsewhere.
Houston was released by the Cowboys on Tuesday, creating a roster for Dallas to fill ahead of their Week 3 showdown with their NFC East rival the New York Giants.
The #Cowboys have released Dennis Houston.— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) September 20, 2022
The former undrafted free agent wasn’t able to carry his momentum over from the summer into the regular season. Houston played 60 offensive snaps (13 on special teams) for the Cowboys in the first two games but only managed two receptions for 16 yards on seven targets.
This isn’t a death sentence for Houston when it comes to wearing a star on his helmet. The Cowboys can claim him off of waivers and add him to the practice squad if clears.
The departure of Houston could be a good thing though. It’s possible that third-round wide receiver, Jalen Tolbert, who has been inactive for the Cowboys for the first two games, may make his NFL debut on Monday against the Giants.
Another receiver is in line to benefit from this as well. Michael Gallup, who is still rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered in Week 17 last season, has passed his physical and is ramping up his practice participation to make his 2022 debut. Gallup is trying somehow to regain his form in 2019 when he racked over 1,100 yards before back-to-back injury-plagued campaigns.
Lastly, veteran offensive lineman, Jason Peters, is slowly but surely getting himself ready to take the field for the Cowboys. That could be this week, depending on how he fares in his practice reps of course.
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