Cowboys Set to Sign Veteran OG Uche Nwaneri

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Uche Nwaneri tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he would be coming home to Dallas. The Cowboys signing a veteran RG so soon after drafting Zack Martin in the 1st round to fill that role, causes ones mind to wander.

Uche NwaneriUche Nwaneri (pronounced OO-chay nwah-NEHR-ee) played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007 to 2013. Uche was born in Dallas, Texas on March 20, 1984. He played guard for Purdue University after graduating from Naaman Forest High School. He was drafted by the Jaguars with the 149th overall pick in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Uche NwaneriUche Nwaneri, OG

Height: 6-3|Weight: 310

College: Purdue

Experience: 7 years

Nwaneri saw minimal action as a rookie during the Jaguars’ 2007 playoff run, he played in 9 games with 1 start. The next season, he earned a starting position after the starter Vince Manuwai got hurt. He appeared in 15 games during the 2008 season, and started all of them.

Uche Nwaneri and teammate Maurice Williams competed for the starting guard position against the returning Vince Manuwai in 2009, and Nwaneri won the job. Williams was deactivated for most of the season and eventually released on December 5, 2009. Uche Nwaneri appeared in all 16 games, starting 13 of them. He was only credited with allowing 1/2 of a sack. Nwaneri was also not penalized during the 2009 season nor has he been a frequent offender since then. (a blessing in disguise to an OL that ranked at the top of the league in penalties). He was released on March 4, 2014  for salary cap reasons.

Uche Nwaneri brings a veteran presence to the current young offensive line in Dallas. He has started 92 of 104 career games. This move by the Cowboys immediately following the 2014 OTA’s and minicamp creates a lot of unanswered questions. With the addition of Nwaneri, the Cowboys will have a stable full of offensive linemen and someone will have to be released to make room on the roster.

Uche Nwaneri

The Cowboys used their 1st round pick on Zack Martin, who our head analyst Al Beam, referred to as a project because he never played the position before. It will be interesting to see where he fits. I don’t see a veteran starter who is still in the prime of his career signing on as a backup. The way I see it, either Martin, Bernadeu, or Leary are on the hot seat entering training camp. I would say Zack Martin has the most to worry about because Uche Nwaneri has been a starting RG in this league for the last seven years. Either way; it really makes you wonder if the Cowboys realized they blundered on the Martin pick and wanted a security blanket.

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  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I think Leary is the reason they signed this guy. I don’t think he is as good as people say, and I still don’t trust his knee. Zack Martin being bumped down to 2nd string isn’t bad, if he isn’t ready yet, don’t start him, I don’t want another Gronkowski situation with the Cowboys that caused a broken collar bone to our QB.

    • you make some valid points there. My concern is, Nwaneri has always been a RG and leary is a LG. Either they may move Martin to RT ar they are not sure he is ready to start at guard. Either way, I like the competition in camp.

    • another interesting aspect of it is Nwaneri has taken snaps at center too

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        He isn’t a bad player (Nuwneri) it helps.

        • Al

          I want to dig up his tape and see what he brings to the table

  • californy

    You could never have enough Good lineman. MY guess is Uche Nwaneri, OG is a insurance policy against Leary Knee condition. Who knows maybe Free is on his way out, and they move Martin to OT.

    • there is a good possibility of moving Martin to RT. I don’t see him being effective in the middle with no exp there

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        If that is the case, and Martin plays at RT, can you trade Free? And if you could how much can you get for him? Maybe trade him to the Seahawks who need a O lineman anywhere and get one of their LB?

        • Gabriel Carrasco

          You could trade Free to the Texans for Bullough.

          • Al

            that wouldn’t be a bad idea if they didn’t have such a good OL. I think this team should try and trade Orton while he is still under contract. Now getting the hawks to trade us Coyle seems more feasible for Free

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            The Texans are really lacking at the RT position and in a bad way. They have Bullough on their roster.

          • Al

            last i knew they were pretty solid upfront. did they lose their RT in FA? Or do they have injury problems there

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            I belive they have only one RT listed on their roster. I could be wrong, but Bullough, would be an improvement over Hitchens.

          • Al

            i have to agree there and I like him, but since I studied Unga I would really like to see him get a tryout

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            Don’t understand why they haven’t brought him in, knowing we need LB help.

          • Al

            he wont be released from the doctors until early july

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            I’ve already seen some of the prospects for next year’s draft, and I am not impressed with the LB so far that I have seen. If that is the case, then a trade needs to happen.

          • Al

            LB depth has been lacking of late in the drafts. The drop off from the top 4-5 is significant

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            Not sure why, but we need to find some LB and soon, LB are the QB of the D.

          • Al

            if they had listened to cas and grabbed Burfict we wouldn’t be having this conversation

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            No excuse for not getting him, even if he didn’t fit our philsophy he went UD.

          • Al

            I remember the shit she got from people for putting a 1st round grade on him too.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            I had a 2nd round grade on him.

          • Al

            I liked him a lot myself, but cas wrote about him before I ever studied his tape.

          • David Vick

            he fell because his 40 time sucked at the combine. if I remember right 1 or 2 of the OL ran a faster time. goes to show all the “measuring” doesn’t always work.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            Not sure anyone wants Orton, with his piss poor attitude. I know he is better than Weeden, but he needs to be here and he isn’t.

          • Al

            there may be more going on than they are revealing: Rat, Ware, Hatcher and others didn’t want to play in Dallas. He may be holding out to get a new contract or to get traded out of spite because he was in a contract year and they brought in Weeden. The whole retirement thing may be BS

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            True, if that is the case, then I can’t blame him much. Ware was robbed of his oppurtunity in Dallas, you better hope Ware retires in 2 years and the Broncos don’t win a Superbowl, because otherwise he might retire a Bronco.

          • Al

            when you think about it, the good players jj cut only retired a cowboy because he paid them to do it via a 1 day contract

        • Al

          we definitely need a LB, but I am not so sure what we will get for Free. He had a chance to test the market and ended up taking a pay cut in Dallas. That tells me he wasn’t getting any decent offers.

      • Lionone1

        I would b shocked if they played him at RT this early. He could play the position but, I don’t see it this season. I think having depth at guard is what will help Martin along.

        • Al

          me too. But signing this vet tells me someone isn’t starting

    • Al

      that’s a good possibility

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    More help depth wise for both the O line and D line, more competition in practice.

    • Al

      exactly

  • The best part is: I like seeing Jerry continuing to work on this offensive line. Romo has taken enough abuse and is getting too old to be running for his life all the time. NTM with two back surgeries to his credit, it’s too risky for him to be taking so many hits.

    • californy

      The key is going a short pass offense. I actually like Callaghan offense, the only place he failed is not running enough.

      Tony was very efficient in this offense. I like the fact he cut his Interception by 1/2 last year.

      • most of his picks were the result of bad route running and/or JG trying to force the ball deep. I have been screaming for the short pass attack for a long time.

        • Gabriel Carrasco

          INT against the Broncos, Romo gets stepped on, against the Packers he threw two, one was because Miles didn’t fight for the ball, and then Cole Beasley never came back for the ball. So that is 3/10 already.

          • Al

            beasley actually did what he was supposed to do and sat down on it.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            It looked like he stopped his route a little too far to me.

          • Al

            either way, him and romo had a miscommunication. that is once for Beasley, it happens with other rec’s a lot.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            I wasn’t saying Beasley sucks, but on that one play, it hurt the team, now he obviously understood his flaw and took the blame. So all he can do is move on.

          • Al

            that is what happens when players don’t get enough reps with the `1st team in practice. There should be a lot of improvement this year with Bease getting all of the 1st team reps

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            Well Linehan likes him, and since Linehan looks to be the sole controller of the offense now, he probably uses him a lot more, if he comes out of the backfield, then I will be happy.

          • Al

            I expect him to have a huge season: I will be grabbing him fairly early for my fantasy team

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            Nick Eatman thinks he can be a 75 catch WR this year.

          • Al

            he can be; or even more. He avg over 80 a season at SMU in the slot.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            Depends on what Linehan does, because Witten will still get his along with Bryant, not to mention Murray and Williams.

          • Al

            well what I know is, if they stick with the short to mid range attack they will have much more success than if they force it deep so much

          • Al

            well cas and I may be fighting for him in the YDCFF league lol

        • californy

          Im not complaining about Tony Interception, My issue with Tony he passes to much per game. I want Tony to keep his passing number to under 35 per games, 40 top. That means we nede to commit to the run game by carry the ball 9 more times per game minimum from last year average.

          • Al

            I agree

  • Lionone1

    Thats great!! Continue to improve the line and create competition. 🙂

    • Al

      I have to agree there

  • californy

    Warford was responsible for zero sacks and just 15 total pressures allowed on 668 pass-blocking snaps in 2013..

    • Al

      that’s another player they should have listened to cas about.

  • californy

    Frederick still needs some work as a pass-blocker, an area in which he gave up 24 total pressures as a rookie according to PFF. He can be beaten by quicker defenders at times but rarely gets pushed back once he gets his hands on an opponent

    • Al

      I saw tuck throw him aside with one arm

  • californy

    Alonso was a tackling machine. Consistently showing athletic range and a nose for the football, the rookie from Oregon tallied up 159 total tackles, the third most in the NFL.> he played all the snaps on defense at 1176

    Lotulelei 42 total tackles had three sacks and 23 total quarterback pressures last season. played only 60.6 percent of defensive snaps for Carolina

  • californy

    A player I wanted in rd number 1. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected linebacker Ryan Shazier in the first round of last month’s draft to inject speed and playmaking ability to a defense sorely in need of both. And thus far, he’s been able to provide just that.

    In a recent practice report, Alan Robinson of the Tribune-Review wrote that Shazier “was a younger version of Troy Polamalu — lining up everywhere and anywhere.”

    • Al

      my knock on him was he is not a good open field tackler and lacks the size/power to take on the bigger backs head on and make a stop

  • Farhorn Jones

    There’s no way the Cowboys could think they blundered the Martin pick, the players have yet to practice with pads on. This Uche guy is nothing more than a depth player. He will compete but will likely end up a backup. It make you wonder if they are loading up on guards so they can move Zach Martin to RT. I will say if I’m Bernadeau, Leary, or Free then I am working my tail off because one of them is going to be gone.