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Cowboys bringing in new defensive options

Lance Moore, C.J. Spillman AP

The Cowboys defense has been the subject of nothing but pessimistic prognostications, but the team is working to find improvement over the players they kept on the initial 53-man roster.

They’re looking to the NFC West for two additions. According to multiple reports, former 49ers safety C.J. Spillman and former Seahawks linebacker Korey Toomer will be signing with the team.

Spillman is the more experienced of the two players and has played in every game for the 49ers over the last three seasons. The majority of that work has come on special teams, although the Cowboys probably won’t be looking down their noses at anyone who might be able to help the defense. If the 49ers are lax about securing their signals, Spilman could also give the Cowboys an edge come Sunday in the opener for both teams.

Toomer was on waivers, but the Cowboys did not claim him and will instead be signing him directly to the 53-man roster. Injuries have kept the 2012 fifth-round pick from contributing, but his ability has led to plenty of offseason notice and, again, the Cowboys need all the help they can find.

The Cowboys will need to open two roster spots with the move of defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence to injured reserve/return one possibility.

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  1. sorefeetmt says: Sep 1, 2014 8:14 AM

    Good luck with that idea that came from the TOP!

  2. sportsfan18 says: Sep 1, 2014 8:22 AM

    Well Cowboys fans…

    The Cowboys D will still be last in the league…

    The only thing to find out after playing the games is whether they give up more points and yards than they did last season…

    I’m betting yes.

    Look on the bright side… at least the Cowboys won’t go 8 & 8 again for the 4th yr in a row…

    6 wins looks like their win total for this coming season.

  3. edman13 says: Sep 1, 2014 8:27 AM

    Bwhaaaaaaaaaaaa two more for them to put on IR. Spillman just had surgery on his wrist how is going getting on the field any time soon? This is the sorriest organization in football!
    sorry Jerruh 4-12 maybe 5-11 if Romo’s glass back doesn’t shatter

  4. xnihilofan says: Sep 1, 2014 8:28 AM

    Spillman is great for special teams……but he’s a liability when playing in the safety position. If that’s why the ‘boys brought him in that defense is in for a world of hurt come next Sunday. Gore could end up looking like he’s 25 and Crabtree will have 2 TDs coming home.

  5. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Sep 1, 2014 8:28 AM

    Bring a whole new scheme while you’re at it. This isn’t 2002 anymore, the Cover-2 is dead and gets torched year after year after year.

  6. officialgame says: Sep 1, 2014 8:28 AM

    Desperate measures by a desperate team headed nowhere.

  7. gargamelsmentor says: Sep 1, 2014 8:39 AM

    In whatever game the Cowboys are playing in this season, TAKE THE OVER!!!

  8. Eli Pacheco says: Sep 1, 2014 8:41 AM

    The most interesting aspect will be Spillman’s contribution in the game plan for the opener.

  9. riggo08 says: Sep 1, 2014 8:41 AM

    Their defense has more holes than a block of Swiss cheese. Certainly can’t hurt to sign these guys.

  10. prgsdw says: Sep 1, 2014 8:42 AM

    Good gets. I like that they are churning the bottom of the roster. Toomer has a lot of upside at linebacker. The starting cast for Dallas (minus Sean Lee) is suspect. He could be starting for them in a month if he stays healthy. Great opportunity for the young man.

  11. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 1, 2014 9:10 AM

    Last minute moves of desperation here. The Cowboys actually need help on special teams too as kick coverage in preseason was soft. That’s what these moves may be about.

  12. seatownballers says: Sep 1, 2014 9:25 AM

    Toomer has never been healthy, ever. Even got injured during preseason.

  13. yooperman says: Sep 1, 2014 9:26 AM

    The biggest need the Cowboys have is GM!

  14. joeflaccosunibrow says: Sep 1, 2014 9:27 AM

    Unfortunately none of the options are Rob Ryan

  15. igotgamenj says: Sep 1, 2014 9:27 AM

    Lucky to win 5 games this year

  16. greymares says: Sep 1, 2014 9:56 AM

    Unless their defensive options in clued playing 15 men on the field they will still suck.

  17. notthetroll says: Sep 1, 2014 9:59 AM

    Yeah the Cowboys D will be fairly bad. We get it. Another stat they led the league in was QB rating over the average, for instance Eli had a 101 and 92 rating against them when his overall was only in the 80s. One thing is for sure, these will be high scoring games because I think the Cowboys can match or better their 27.2pts/game again.

  18. pervyspankspackfans says: Sep 1, 2014 10:00 AM

    Bringing in new options?? Like someone who can actually play defense?

  19. thebadguyswon says: Sep 1, 2014 10:06 AM

    I know how Dallas can make the playoffs. Just hold the ball for 50 minutes a game.

  20. bert1913 says: Sep 1, 2014 10:06 AM

    I’ve heard of building your team through the draft, I’ve never heard of building your team through the waiver wire.
    al davies part deux

  21. rg3enoughsaid says: Sep 1, 2014 10:39 AM

    How desperate are they? They bring in a former player of their week 1 opponent, and you know they reason is to gain some sort of advantage by possibly getting tips on the 49ers defensive play calls…

  22. grantgoodman93 says: Sep 1, 2014 10:47 AM

    Don’t know why we haven’t signed Michael Sam. He had a better preseason than any single one of our D-linemen.

  23. sasserdm says: Sep 1, 2014 10:47 AM

    they should bring in Sam, he would have to be an upgrade for them

  24. burfict's wrath says: Sep 1, 2014 11:09 AM

    Bad news when you’re scraping the waiver wire for starters after the last round of camp cuts are made.

  25. thefiesty1 says: Sep 1, 2014 11:23 AM

    Still 8-8 again. Some things never change as long as JJ is at the top.

  26. bigbluplates says: Sep 1, 2014 11:30 AM

    How Bout Them Cowboys !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go BIGBLU

  27. dirtydrynn27 says: Sep 1, 2014 11:56 AM

    Last place in the nfc east!!!

  28. cowboysfanantijerryjones says: Sep 1, 2014 12:13 PM

    What Jerry needs to acknowledge is two things:

    1. You are a worse GM then Al Davis in his later years.

    2. Michael Sam is a good pick up and better then 3/4 of your DL playing against scrub 2nds/3rds.

    The first one has no solution.

    The second one has upside. This is a highly motivated individual with a high motor. All I think he is missing is a tad bit of strength/speed which will come with time working out at this level.

    BTW, The first one automatically cancels the second one unfortunately. God I hate being a Cowboy’s fan, but I choose not to be a fair weather bandwagon fan.

  29. alongthegulf says: Sep 1, 2014 12:17 PM

    I like, and respect, Kiffin and Marinelli, but you need talent to be able to coach. This Cowboy’s defense doesn’t give the coaches much to work with. Jerry Jones doesn’t give a hoot about the defense. Jerry cares only about the offense. In Jerry’s mind, offense keep butts in seats and allows him to sell his merchandise and hype. The ‘Boys have had the same defensive issues for a couple of years, too many years at some positions. Changing philosophy and schemes is going to matter much with out improving the talent level.

  30. hdl62 says: Sep 1, 2014 12:27 PM

    I’m a Cowboys fan I see us at 7-9 no lower no higher

  31. cueghost says: Sep 1, 2014 1:03 PM

    The C0wboys Offense is STUPID SICK! Yes the Defense is joke – there is not one football fan who doesn’t know that, but as long as Romo is healthy – this team has a legit shot to win the East. Don’t sleep on the best O-Line in football.

  32. fuzzebear says: Sep 1, 2014 2:42 PM

    The biggest mistake the Cowboys made was changing the defense two years ago. Defense was NOT the problem in 2012. They drafted and paid big $$ to two COVER corners, Claiborne and Carr and switched to the Tampa Two and zone defense which didn’t play to the strength of the players they have. It’s a mistake they’ve been paying for ever since……

  33. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Sep 1, 2014 4:44 PM

    Toomer has spent his whole career on IR… However, if he stays on the field, he instantly becomes their best non-Sean Lee player on defense. Certainly the most athletic. He’s currently healthy, for the first time ever.

  34. uplate5301 says: Sep 1, 2014 8:14 PM

    The Cowboys have a defense???

  35. robjr50 says: Sep 2, 2014 12:09 PM

    i give coach jones one thing he keeps trying.

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