A.J. Jenkins, Ben Gardner among Cowboys cuts

AP

Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins hoped that the third team would be the charm, but the Cowboys have decided to go with other receivers on their 53-man roster.

The former first-round pick was dropped from Dallas’s roster on Saturday afternoon as the team set their initial roster for the 2015 season. Undrafted rookie Lucky Whitehead did earn a spot in the receiving corps, which features five members overall.

The Cowboys also cut 2014 seventh-round pick Ben Gardner, who was squeezed out of the team’s defensive line group. The team also dropped quarterbacks Dustin Vaughn and Jameill Showers, leaving them with Tony Romo and Brandon Weeden as the only players at the position on the active roster.

Defensive end Greg Hardy and linebacker Rolando McClain were moved to the suspended list while running back Gus Johnson, running back Ben Malena, offensive lineman Laurence Gibson, offensive lineman Shane McDermott, defensive lineman Efe Obada, fullback Ray Agnew, wide receiver Clyde Gates, tackle John Wetzel, offensive lineman Ronald Patrick, wide receiver Nick Harwell, cornerback Joel Ross, linebacker Donnie Baggs, linebacker Dekorey Johnson, safety Joel Ross, cornerback Rod Sweeting and linebacker Ka'Lial Glaud were all cut.