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Cowboys let go of ‘punishing’ ball carrier in first draft after NFL draft

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The Dallas Cowboys added 27 players between their 2022 NFL draft picks and the UDFA signing league, but it’s time now for Dallas to start cutting the fat.

The first part of the NFL offseason is all about adding members to the roster, whether they’re high-priority free agents or the latest player added in an undrafted free agent class. Dallas is no different.

But after adding an influx of young talent last weekend, the Cowboys are now sacking another young player in full-back Sewo Olonilua. Olonilua was an undrafted free agent who signed by the 2020 NFL draft after a college career at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.

That #Dallas cowboys now have two fullbacks on the roster after a former TCU star was sacked on Wednesday,” the Cowboys official twitter account released along with a press release about the liberation of Olonilua.

Olonilua has been with Dallas for the past two years as he attempts to make his mark in the NFL. Now he has to find a new team and prove himself there.

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The 24-year-old full-back has played football in Texas his entire life and attends Kingwood High School in his hometown of Kingwood, Texas. Olonilua impressed enough to be considered a four-star prospect with offers from LSU, Oklahoma and others, per Rivals.

Despite the celebrity offers, Olonilua left with TCU and head coach Gary Patterson. The promise of game time paid off, and the 6’3″ fullback made an immediate impact off the bench in his freshman year, contributing 122 rushing yards and a touchdown in 2016, according to SR.

Over the next three seasons, Olonilua rushed for 1,502 rushing yards and scored 17 touchdowns as a short-yardage specialist. He also brought down 58 receptions for 366 yards and a touchdown over that span.

Dallas signed the former Horned Frog as a UDFA in 2020 after Olonilua failed to be called up. NFL.com’s draft profile described the FB as a “punishing” runner who could definitely improve but never really got his chance.

Olonilua rode mostly on the practice team in his rookie year but was promoted to the active squad three times but never made the field. Regarding the pre-season game, the full-back didn’t see a snap in 2020 and only two in 2021.

Olonilua suffered a neck injury in the Cowboys’ opening game of 2021 and was placed on injury reserve for the remainder of the season.

As Dallas mentioned in their tweet, the team now has two players listed as full-backs. The team has 92 players on the roster or expected to sign contracts, meaning they still have one more to release to reach the NFL’s 91-man limit.

The two remaining full-backs are Nick Ralston and Ryan Nall. Ralston remained on the practice team for most of the 2021 season after signing with Dallas as a UDFA last offseason.

On the other hand, Nall is a veteran free agent coming from the Chicago Bears. Nall played 33 games for the Bears in the last three seasons and caught the ball for 71 yards nine times during his time at the Windy City.

On the other hand, Nall is a veteran free agent coming from the Chicago Bears. Nall played 33 games for the Bears in the last three seasons and caught the ball for 71 yards nine times during his time at the Windy City.



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