|Offense||3rd||107.8 (16th)||287.7 (3rd)|
|Defense||21st||91.2 (5th)||271.9 (29th)|
|76||Adams, Mike (FA)||T||6-7||323||3/10/1990||5||Ohio State|
|28||Allen, Cortez (FA)||CB||6-1||197||10/29/1988||6||The Citadel|
|20||Allen, Will (FA)||SS||6-1||202||6/17/1982||13||Ohio State|
|26||Bell, Le'Veon||RB||6-1||244||2/18/1992||4||Michigan State|
|4||Berry, Jordan||P||6-5||195||3/18/1991||2||Eastern Kentucky|
|84||Brown, Antonio||WR||5-10||181||7/10/1988||7||Central Michigan|
|Burns, Artie||CB||6-0||193||5/1/1995||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|56||Chickillo, Anthony||DE||6-3||267||12/10/1992||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|Finney, B.J.||C||6-4||318||10/26/1991||1||Kansas State|
|54||Fort, L.J.||LB||6-0||230||1/3/1990||2||Northern Iowa|
|Garner, Montell||DB||5-11||188||2/12/1993||R||South Alabama|
|96||Geathers, Clifton (FA)||DT||6-8||325||12/11/1987||7||South Carolina|
|24||Grant, Doran||CB||5-10||200||11/30/1992||2||Ohio State|
|Hargrave, Javon||DT||6-1||309||2/7/1993||R||South Carolina State|
|Harris, Ryan||T||6-5||302||3/11/1985||9||Notre Dame|
|92||Harrison, James||OLB||6-0||242||5/4/1978||14||Kent State|
|Hawkins, Jerald||T||6-6||305||10/16/1993||R||Louisiana State|
|97||Heyward, Cameron||DE||6-5||295||5/6/1989||6||Ohio State|
|81||James, Jesse||TE||6-7||261||6/4/1994||2||Penn State|
|Johnson, David||TE||6-2||260||8/26/1987||8||Arkansas State|
|64||Legursky, Doug (FA)||C||6-1||323||6/9/1986||8||Marshall|
|Maxey, Johnny||DT||6-5||305||//||R||Mars Hill|
|McCord, Tyriq||LB||6-3||236||//||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|Mihalik, Brian||DE||6-9||302||8/21/1992||1||Boston College|
|23||Mitchell, Mike||FS||6-1||221||6/10/1987||8||Ohio U.|
|55||Moats, Arthur||OLB||6-0||246||3/14/1988||7||James Madison|
|Newberry, Giorgio||DE||6-6||295||11/26/1991||R||Florida State|
|45||Nix-Jones, Roosevelt||FB||5-11||248||3/30/1992||2||Kent State|
|19||Phillips, Shakim||WR||6-3||206||3/19/1992||1||Boston College|
|Richardson, Daryl||RB||5-10||196||4/12/1990||3||Abilene Christian|
|7||Roethlisberger, Ben||QB||6-5||240||3/2/1982||13||Miami (Ohio)|
|Schooley, Quinton||C||6-4||298||//||R||North Carolina State|
|Shabazz, Al-Hajj||DB||6-2||200||8/2/1992||R||West Chester|
|50||Shazier, Ryan||ILB||6-1||230||9/6/1992||3||Ohio State|
|Sigler, DeVaunte||DT||6-3||311||5/2/1992||R||Jacksonville State|
|6||Suisham, Shaun||K||6-0||200||12/29/1981||12||Bowling Green State|
|93||Thomas, Cam (FA)||DE||6-4||335||12/12/1986||7||North Carolina|
|94||Timmons, Lawrence||ILB||6-1||234||5/14/1986||10||Florida State|
|Tucker, Marcus||WR||5-10||190||6/24/1992||R||Northern Michigan|
|91||Tuitt, Stephon||DE||6-6||303||5/23/1993||3||Notre Dame|
|Vaughan, Dustin||QB||6-5||240||1/27/1991||2||West Texas A&M|
|2||Vick, Mike (FA)||QB||6-0||210||6/26/1980||16||Virginia Tech|
|72||Wallace, Cody||C||6-4||296||11/26/1984||7||Texas A&M|
|96||Walton, L.T.||DT||6-5||305||3/31/1992||2||Central Michigan|
|60||Warren, Greg||LS||6-3||252||10/18/1981||12||North Carolina|
|11||Wheaton, Markus||WR||5-11||189||2/7/1991||4||Oregon State|
|98||Williams, Vince||ILB||6-1||253||12/27/1989||4||Florida State|
|Blanchflower, Rob (IR)||TE||6-4||256||6/8/1990||1||Massachusetts|
|15||Nelson, David (IR)||WR||6-5||215||11/7/1986||6||Florida|
|69||Palmer, Kelvin (IR)||T||6-4||290||10/23/1990||1||Baylor|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
This move is a necessity now that left tackle Ryan Clady is likely lost for the season due to a torn ACL that he sustained in practice on Wednesday.
This move brings Harris back to the organization he started his NFL career with as he played with the Broncos, which drafted him in the third round, from 2007-2010.
Harris was with the Chiefs a year ago and started 15 of the 16 games he appeared in.
Despite missing four games this season due to injuries (knee, concussion), Shazier finished the year with 87 tackles (55 solo), second on Pittsburgh to Lawrence Timmons (119), including 3.5 sacks. He also had an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Shazier has one year remaining on his rookie contract, and the Steelers would be wise to resign him, just as fantasy owners would be to consider him on draft day in IDP formats.
The Pittsburgh offense struggled without Brown, who followed his stellar 2014 season with an even better 2015 campaign. This season, Brown caught 136 of 195 targets for 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also ran for 28 yards on three carries and added 212 yards and a touchdown on 22 punt returns. Brown, who will be 28 when camp opens for the 2016 season, is well on his way to rewriting the NFL record book. He is the first player in NFL history with consecutive 125 catch seasons, and his 265 receptions are the most in any two consecutive seasons in NFL history. Since 2013, Brown has 375 receptions, the most in any three consecutive seasons in NFL history and, in 2015 he surpassed his own team record for receptions in a single season, and surpassed his own Steelers record for receiving yards in a single season. He has started 36 consecutive regular season games, the third longest active consecutive games started streak among NFL wide receivers, and has registered at least one reception in 84 consecutive regular season games dating back to October 2010.
Jones recorded 29 tackles (15 solo), including two sacks during the regular season. He also had an interception, and forced fumble and two fumble recoveries on the season. Jones has hardly lived up to the expectations the Steelers had for him when they selected him with the 17th pick in the 2013 draft. In three seasons, Jones has missed 12 games and totaled just five sacks.
Primarily a special teams' player, the rookie linebacker has a nose for the football, but does not see enough action to warrant fantasy consideration.
Tackle Marcus Gilbert and safety Mike Mitchell had tweaks made to their contracts that won't affect their income for the 2015 season. However, the money they were slated to make from their salaries and roster bonuses are being applied as signing bonuses to free up cap space for the upcoming league year.
The restructured signing bonuses will be prorated and affect their cap number for future seasons.
The restructured deals were likely done to help free up money to re-sign linebacker Jason Worilds, linebacker Arthur Moats and cornerback Brice McCain.
Cockrell totaled 44 tackles (34 solo) in 2015. He also had two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Used sparingly, and mostly on special teams for Buffalo last season, Cockrell seems to have found his place in the Pittsburgh defensive backfield, playing nearly 62 percent of the snaps this season. Cockrell will likely return next season as he is an exclusive restricted free agent, meaning he cannot negotiate with other teams and must accept an offer from the Steelers at the three-year veteran minimum salary or leave the NFL. With seven other free agent defensive backs on the team, Cockrell's role could continue to increase, along with his value in IDP leagues.
Robinson was signed off of the Bengals' practice squad in 2014 after the Chargers suffered multiple injuries at the center position. He played in three games while starting one.
Mathews, a former Colt with whom general manager Tom Telesco had ties to, was signed prior to the first game of the 2014 season. The sixth-year veteran played in 12 games last year, totaling 21 total tackles, two forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks.
Gordon and Kettani have both previously spent time with the Patriots, while Fort was on the practice squads of the Seahawks and Bengals in 2014. Pataiali’l was on both the Ravens and Browns practice squads last season.
Wheaton was expected to see an uptick in production while Bryant was suspended for the first four games of last season, but some chemistry problems with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger produced mixed results over that span. Nonetheless, Wheaton and Big Ben seemed to develop a better understanding as the season unfolded, evidenced by his four touchdowns in Pittsburgh's last six games. Now, with Bryant potentially sidelined for the whole season, Wheaton should have a chance to continue such improvement as the clear-cut No. 2 wideout behind star Antonio Brown, and the fact Wheaton will be in the final year of his rookie contract provides further incentive for him to take advantage of the opportunity at hand.
Dupree finished his rookie season with 26 tackles (17 solo), including four sacks. The Steelers' linebacker corps is deep, with Lawrence Timmons, Ryan Shazier, Jarvis Jones and James Harrison. Other than Harrison, who turns 38 before next season, none of these other linebackers is over 30, limiting Dupree's playing time. Still, the 2015 first round draft pick should continue to produce when given the opportunity, making him an IDP sleeper in 2016.
Harrison recently completed a six-week training period that helped him determine that he'll indeed return for a 14th NFL season. All but one of those have come with the Steelers, for whom he posted 40 tackles and five sacks as a 37-year-old last season. Clearly still capable of making an impact, Harrison will once again provide valuable depth and experience to the Steelers' defense this time around.
Johnson, entering his eighth season in the league, will return to Pittsburgh after spending the last two seasons with the Chargers. In the past two seasons he has only recorded two receptions for a total of eight yards but will battle with Ladarius Green, Matt Spaeth, and Jesse James, among others, for playing time at tight end with longtime veteran Heath Miller retiring earlier in the offseason.
Spaeth finished the 2015 season catching two of three targets for 10 yards, failing to score a touchdown for the first time since 2008, and only the second time in nine seasons. Known more for his blocking skills, the Steelers have better options at tight end with Heath Miller and rookie Jesse James.
Allen missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury in Week 1, but his release also comes after he signed a lucrative four-year extension with Pittsburgh in 2014. Now a free agent, Allen's absence further ensures the Steelers will address the cornerback position through the draft.
Gradkowski and Jones went through the same thing last year, but the competition ended early when the former needed surgery on his non-throwing hand at the end of the preseason. Jones and Mike Vick both ended up making starts during Ben Roethlisberger's four-game absence, with Jones at least managing to hold his own. It thus seems Gradkowski will enter the competition as an underdog, though he should be back to full health.
The fourth round draft pick played just 18 snaps all season, 17 of which came on special teams. Grant should not be on anyone's fantasy roster, or even their cheat sheets, for 2016.
Tuitt recorded 54 tackles (39 solo), including 6.5 sacks and an interception this season. Despite playing in two fewer games than in his rookie season, the second year defensive lineman nearly doubled his snap count. As a result, he more than tripled his total tackles, and finished just one half sack behind Cameron Heyward for the team lead. Tuitt, who has one year remaining on his contract with Pittsburgh before becoming an unrestricted free agent, should continue to be a decent fantasy option in IDP leagues.
Mitchell has been afflicted by injury throughout his two seasons with the Steelers, but no DNPs dot his game log during that stretch. In 2015, he racked up a career-high 80 tackles (58 solo), while contributing three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. It's unclear if he'll be ready for the start of the offseason program in April, but his availability for the 2016 season doesn't appear to be in peril.
Moffitt was a third-round draft pick in 2011 and played two years for Seattle. He was traded to Denver and retired early in the 2013 season.
He was arrested in 2014 on assault and drug charges, which were later dropped.
To make room, the Eagles released undrafted rookie free agent Cole Manhart.
Moats collected 35 tackles (24 solo), including four sacks in 2015. He also added two fumble recoveries. After recording only five sacks over four seasons in Buffalo, Moats finally seems to have discovered his pass rushing skills, totaling eight sacks in just two seasons with the Steelers. Although he may not do enough defensively to warrant consideration in IDP leagues, Moats is an integral part of a Pittsburgh defensive unit that held opponents to under 20 points per game, and finished third in the league with 48 sacks.
The other players on their injury report submitted Friday are probable. They are wide receivers Martavis Bryant (illness) and Markus Wheaton (groin), linebacker James Harrison (illness), guard Ramon Foster (ankle) and tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle).
The veteran wideout finished the season on IR and did not play a single snap for the Steelers prior to his release. It's unclear at this point if a team will take a flier on the oft-injured Nelson given that he's played in all of 18 games over the past three seasons, but his 6-foot-5 frame could be intriguing enough for a team to give him a shot in training camp.
Matakevich lacks the athleticism normally seen in starting NFL linebackers, but he'll get a long look from the league anyway thanks to his standout production on a strong Temple defense. Matakevich finished the 2015 season with 138 tackles (15 for a loss) and 4.5 sacks.
The back-up to veteran fullback Will Johnson, Nix was placed on injured reserve following the Steelers' Week 16 game. He should return and resume a similar role in 2016, which would translate to having no fantasy value.
Williams -- who ended up logging 200 carries for 907 yards and 11 TDs in 16 games (including 10 starts) for the Steelers 2015 -- is thus set to reprise his role in the team's backfield in 2016, though assuming teammate Le'Veon Bell is able to bounce back fully from his knee woes, Williams is slated to open the campaign in a complementary role.
Just as he had in 2014, Ventrone's only playing time was on special teams in 2015. He has no fantasy value at this time.
Timmons had a team high 119 tackles (77 solo), including five sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in 2015. Timmons led the resurgence of the Steelers' defense, which finished third in the league with 48 sacks, matching their total from 2010 when they last made it to the Super Bowl. Timmons, who turns 30 this off season, extended his streak of consecutive regular season games played to 104, which is the fourth longest active consecutive games played streak among NFL linebackers. He should continue to be worthy of fantasy consideration in IDP leagues in 2016.
A number of important players entered the week listed as probable on the injury report. Nearly all of them are active Week 2 against the Steelers. Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Ben Roethlisberger, Cody Wallace and Markus Wheaton were all cleared to play. While they were all on the injury report, only Wallace was dealing with an injury. The rest missed practice for non-injury reasons.
On defense, the Steelers will have Brett Keisel, Steve McLendon, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, Shamarko Thomas and Vince Williams. Wallace was dealing with an ankle issue, but the rest were listed for non-injury reasons.
Susiham suffered a torn ACL in his non-kicking knee in August, causing him to miss the entire 2015 season. Rookie replacement Chris Boswell filled in more than capably, converting 36 of his 39 field-goal attempts and 27 of his 28 extra-point attempts between the regular season and playoffs. Suisham was excellent from 2012 to 2014, so he should at least have the opportunity to win back his job. Even if Boswell wins the battle, Suisham might find a landing spot with a different team.
Bell is already doing individual work, including running and cutting, at the first round of OTAs. Although the Steelers will likely take things slow, Bell is nearly seven months removed from tearing his MCL, which should give him more than enough to get ready for camp. Despite suffering season-ending injuries the past two years, he has a strong argument to the first running back drafted, offering an unparalleled combination of running ability, receiving skills and team context.
Pittsburgh won all but one game, an overtime loss to Baltimore, with Vick at quarterback before a hamstring tear ended his season. Should Vick, an unrestricted free agent who turns 36 before next season, return in 2016, he will compete with Landry Jones, who turns 27, for the backup job.
The only turnover of the game, Toussaint apparently had gained first down yardage in Denver territory when the ball was popped out by Bradley Roby and recovered by DeMarcus Ware. The Broncos then drove 65 yards for a touchdown to take a 20-13 lead that would not be relinquished. After spending most of the season on the Steelers' practice squad, Toussaint did an admirable job filling in for an injured DeAngelo Williams (foot) last week against Cincinnati, rushing for 58 yards on 17 carries, and catching four of eight targets for 60 yards. Previously, he had struggled in limited action, gaining just 42 yards on 18 carries during the regular season. In his two seasons in the league, Toussaint has rushed for a total of 54 yards on 24 carries (2.3 average), caught three passes, and has never scored a touchdown. Fantasy owners should not expect much more from him in 2016.
Heyward-Bey re-signs with the Steelers after catching 21 passes (on 39 targets) for 314 yards and two touchdowns last season. The speedster's 15 yards per catch also nearly set a career-high, giving Pittsburgh a nice vertical threat to round out their explosive receiving corp.
Bush has not played in 2014 and averaged 3.1 yards per carry in 2013. His best season occurred in 2011 when he rushed for 977 yards and scored seven touchdowns for the Raiders.
Miller's announcement opens a void in the offense to be filled by James, Matt Spaeth, Xavier Grimble, and any other tight end obtained in the offseason. Spaeth is primarily known as a blocking specialist, leaving James, a 2015 fifth-round pick, as the prime pass-catching option remaining on the roster. Although James was inactive until Week 9, he logged nearly 17 percent of the offensive snaps in the regular season, which translated to eight catches (on 11 targets) for 56 yards and one touchdown.
He also had one forced fumble, while extending his consecutive regular season games played streak to 80 - tied for the fifth longest active consecutive games played streak among NFL defensive ends.
Golden is coming off the best season of his four-year career, as he posted 40 tackles and an interception while starting three games at strong safety in 2015. The former undrafted free agent was also selected as Pittsburgh's special teams captain last season, evidencing his increasing importance to the Steelers going forward.
Primarily a special teams' player, Williams has seen a steady decline in playing time on defensive during his three seasons in the NFL. After playing 37.2 percent of Pittsburgh's defensive snaps in his rookie season, Williams was on the field only 25.1 percent of the time in 2014, with that number dropping to just 17.3 percent this season. That is not a trend fantasy owners look for when drafting IDP players.
Green dealt with some ankle issues last season, but the situation was addressed by the procedure. The Steelers put the tight end through a physical before inking him to a four-year, $20 million deal, so evidently there's no real injury concerns on their part. In any case, Green fills a big need for the Steelers at the tight end position following the retirement of Heath Miller, who caught 60 passes for the team in 2015. While Miller -- a long-time fixture in the Pittsburgh offense -- isn't an easy act to follow, Green is viewed as a player with untapped potential, after having worked behind Antonio Gates in San Diego over the past four seasons.
Warren joined the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and has snapped in 149 regular-season games and 10 postseason games for the team. He appeared in every game for the Steelers in 2014.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Gay has yet to miss a game through nine seasons and has made 70 starts over the last five years. He was Pittsburgh's only reliable cornerback in 2015, and while he'll enter 2016 at 31 years old, Gay should be locked in as a starter for the next few seasons. The cornerback position should still be a priority for Pittsburgh in the draft.
Recognizing the need to improve their defensive backfield, Pittsburh needs to determine if Allen, who will be 34 before the start of the season, fits in their plans. Despite setting single season career highs in tackles and passes defended in 2015, Allen could find himself on the open market where, considering his age, is unlikely to receive anything more than one year offers. Still, regarrdless of the team, if he is on the field Allen is a respectable IDP option.
Burns is the fourth cornerback selected, behind Eli Apple (10), Vernon Hargreaves (11) and William Jackson III (24). Burns is generally regarded as more raw than the corners selected ahead of him, but he has the athleticism to imply similar or equal upside. At 6-foot, 193 pounds, Burns has long arms ideal for jamming (33.25 inches) to go with 4.46 speed.
The Cowboys are Hill's fifth NFL team since entering the league in 2013. Malena spent time with the Cowboys during training camp last year.
Dallas also waived/injured rookie safety Ray Vinopal.
Pittsburgh had previously signed Geathers to a one-year contract in 2014 following an injury to Brett Keisel, but he was a game-day inactive for each of the five (4 regular season and 1 postseason) games he was on the Steelers roster. An unrestricted free agent, Geathers' future with the Steelers is uncertain.
The weight loss is a product of what the report describes as a "high-cardio plan" with team trainers, an approach designed to "alleviate potential pain" in the quarterback's joints on the heels of a 2015 season in which Roethlisberger endured various aches and pains, including knee, foot and shoulder woes. A full offseason to recover from his assortment of ailments, coupled with improved fitness, offers encouragement as the coming campaign approaches, though some other key variables remain in play when it comes to the prospects of the Steelers' offense in 2016. With that in mind, it will be worth monitoring the health of top running back (and highly capable pass-catcher) Le'Veon Bell, as well as the rapport Roethlisberger develops with new tight end Ladarius Green, who will look to fill the void created by the departure of long-time Steeler Heath Miller.
Boswell was a perfect seven of seven on field-goals in the post season, and connected on 29 of 32 field-goals, including a long of 51 yards during the regular season. He also converted 26 of 27 extra point attempts. Boswell was the fourth kicker for Pittsburgh in 2015, and ended up setting Steelers' records for rookie/first year kickers for successful field-goals and for scoring (113 points) in a single season. His 90.6 field-goal percentage ranks first among rookie/first year players in team history, and is tied for fourth in a single season in Steelers history behind Shaun Suisham in 2013 (93.8) Gary Anderson in 1993 (93.3) and Jeff Reed in 2007 (92.0). It remains to be seen who will handle the kicking duties for the Steelers in 2016, but Suisham is owed over $10.5 million over the next three seasons, while Boswell has one year remaining at $525,000.
Although hardly overwhelming in limited action, Jones did average 9.33 yards per pass attempt, which was best among all quarterbacks with at least 50 attempts this season, and his 88-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant in Week 6 was the second-longest pass in the NFL all season (Blake Bortles, 90). With one year remaining on his contract, Jones should again serve as the back-up to Roethlisberger in 2016.
Thomas played just 20 defensive snaps in 2015. With Will Allen having a career year (80 tackles, including four sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles), Thomas was used primarily on special teams. Even if the Steelers resign Thomas, his role will likely remain the same in 2016 unless they opt not to resign Allen, who is also an unrestricted free agent.
An undrafted free agent in 2012, Johnson began his career with the Broncos, registering 50 tackles over three seasons. After spending the 2015 season with the Titans, in which the 27-year-old recorded seven tackles in 16 games, Johnson will look to provide some depth at the linebacker position for the Steelers.
Coates, a third-round pick last year, hardly saw the field during his rookie campaign, although he did impress with two catches for 61 yards in Pittsburgh's playoff loss to the Broncos. Despite his sparse involvement, Coates often garnered glowing reviews from practice, and could now have the chance to show his skills more on Sundays with Bryant's potential suspension. A tremendous athlete, Coates would factor in behind star wideout Antonio Brown and No. 2 Markus Wheaton, but at 6-foot-1, 212 pounds, Coates' physicality should make him an enticing red zone target for Ben Roethlisberger.
Feeney was very disruptive at Washington -- 17.5 of his 56 tackles in 2015 were for a loss -- and he showed elite athleticism at the Combine by running a 4.50-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. He might have fallen this far due to durability worries.
Among those waived are: wide receivers Kadron Boone and B.J. Cunningham; tight ends Emil Igwenagu and Blake Annen; offensive lineman Michael Bamiro, Karim Barton and Donald Hawkins; linebacker Jake Knott; defensive backs Daytawion Lowe and Davon Morgan; defensive linemen Joe Kruger, Frances Mays and Alejandro Villanueva; and kicker Carey Spear.
The team still has to make one more cut before Tuesday.
Zumwalt registered three solo tackles during the first week of the preseason. He was able to play the final two weeks of the preseason.
Playing in just his second season, McCullers recorded his first NFL sack, albeit shared with Vince Williams. He saw a slight increase in defensive snaps, but still not enough to be considered in IDP formats.
Rogers, who is an undrafted rookie out of Louisville, was taking snaps with the second team offense on top of returning punts and kicks before suffering a right foot sprain during Monday's practice.
Bryant's multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy triggered a minimum one-year suspension from the league, but the Steelers never considered releasing him, according to general manager Kevin Colbert. Instead, Pittsburgh will hope Bryant makes the necessary changes to his life to get reinstated next year, when he would have two years remaining on his contract with the team. With Bryant suspended, Steelers receivers Markus Wheaton and, more specifically, Sammie Coates, will be looked upon to take advantage of their increased opportunities this season.
Weeden, 31, is entering the final year of his contract. Last season, he passed for 303 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions while filling in for Romo when he was sidelined with two transverse process fractures. Dustin Vaughan, an undrafted free agent in 2014, was also active for one game last season.
"You're always trying to upgrade your football team," Garrett said. "Obviously, we feel really good about Tony. He had an outstanding year for us last year. Brandon did a really nice job in his opportunities. If you look at what he did -- he played in (four) games, (three) he came in relief for us and the one game he started we didn't play our best game on offense. But it was against a really good defensive team in Arizona. We still feel like he's a young player who needs to play more. He's really growing before our eyes.
"We like what Dustin Vaughn did in the preseason. He is a smart kid. He is really conscientious. He wants to be a good football player and works very hard at it. He's one of those guys, too, a young player and you can see him get better with every rep that he gets. He is going about it the right way. We think he's got a future."
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