Dallas Cowboys Top 10 Worst Players Of The Decade

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In a decade that houses only two postseason victories for the Dallas Cowboys, there are bound to be some disappointing players of note.  In this second installment of my new ‘Decades’ Series, I unveil the Ten Worst players to suit up in silver and blue from 2010-19.
Who’s the worst of the worst?  Take a look.

#1 – Chaz Green (OL)


Drafted in the third-round out of Florida in 2015, Chaz Green was a 320-pound bundle of potential that blew up in the Cowboys’ faces in an embarrassing way. After missing out on his chance to win the starting right tackle job, Green flopped as the starting left guard to begin the 2017 season.
When Tyron Smith went down with an injury a few weeks later, Green was given the chance to hold down the left tackle job while Smith was on the mend. That’s when the bottom dropped out on Green and the Cowboys.
In a Week 9 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons, Green was far beyond terrible, allowing five sacks by Adrian Clayborn before being pulled. Troy Aikman, calling the game for Fox, dubbed it “the worst performance I’ve ever seen.”
Green did not play again that season and was released the following summer at the conclusion of training camp.


#2 – Taco Charlton  (DE)


Selected No. 28 overall in the 2017 draft, Taco Charlton was expected to develop into a starting defensive end opposite of Demarcus Lawrence. With a marketable name and a respected coordinator to direct him with Rod Marinelli, a successful future appeared to be set in stone.
And then reality set in. Charlton was hesitant to embrace Marinelli’s habits of hustle, and his playing time suffered for it. Charlton was used sparingly during his rookie season, and was hardly a standout when he did, three sacks notwithstanding.
Charlton did nothing with his 2018 performance to stop fans from comparing him to former Cowboy defensive end first-round bust Shante Carver. After displaying minor improvement while starting the first seven games, Charlton was shelved with an injury and didn’t step on the field again until late December, when the team was trying to rest some starters for the postseason.
Amidst questions about his toughness and commitment, Charlton was inactive to start the 2019 season before being traded away to Miami.


#3 – Roy Williams  (WR)


One of the biggest trade deadline failures in the Jerry Jones Era, Roy Williams disappointed Dallas fans yet again in 2010, piling one mistake upon another in grating fashion. After a dustup with rookie Dez Bryant during training camp, Williams caught flak for fumbling away Dallas’ comeback attempt in a 27-20 loss to Chicago in Week 2.
Williams’ penchant for running improper routes made him somewhat of a forgotten man in the Dallas passing game, with replacement quarterback Jon Kitna choosing to look for Miles Austin, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant and Felix Jones as pass targets, rather than Williams. In a five-game span from October 25 through November 21, Williams caught just six passes.
On Thanksgiving Day versus New Orleans, it appeared as if Williams was finally coming out of his shell. With Dallas leading by four points in the fourth quarter, Williams caught a short pass over the middle and broke into the clear. Attempting to surge ahead of two Saints defenders and reach the end-zone, Williams’ big gainer, at the very least, promised to put the Cowboys in position to burn the remaining time off the game-clock.
But then he did the unthinkable. Williams allowed safety Roman Harper to take the ball away from him, allowing New Orleans to march the length of the field for the winning touchdown.
Williams was released after the season.


#4 – Joseph Randle (RB)


Responsibility is a heavy burden at the NFL level. In the case of Joseph Randle, it can easily be supposed to have been too heavy.
A fifth-round draft selection out of Oklahoma State in 2013, Randle started two games as a rookie when DeMarco Murray was sidelined with an injury. On October 12, 2014, Randle appeared to be a budding star, when he rushed for 52 yards on only five attempts in a 30-23 upset victory of Seattle. One day later, however, Randle was in the news again for stealing a bottle of tester cologne from a department store. Except in the case of blowouts, Randle was used sparingly for the remainder of the season.
The following February, Randle was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana. The charges were eventually dropped, and Randle was free to win the starting tailback job over an ailing Darren McFadden at the end of training camp.
His time in the spotlight did not go smoothly however. Against Atlanta in Week 3, Randle was reprimanded by offensive coordinator Scott Linehan for leaping over the pile to score a touchdown. Seven days later, Randle repeated the performance versus New Orleans, drawing the ire of head coach Jason Garrett.
When Randle suffered a muscle strain in the first quarter against the Giants in Week 6, Garrett officially promoted McFadden to the starting role. With a suspension looming over Randle for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, the Cowboys released him outright a few weeks later.


#5 – Brandon Weeden (QB)


Jerry Jones raised a lot of expectations surrounding Brandon Weeden in the summer of 2014 when he described Weeden’s practice-field passes to be the prettiest he had ever seen. But there was little about Weeden’s play as a Cowboy that could be described in such glowing terms.
Weeden earned a spot start in relief of an injured Tony Romo midway through the 2014 season. It did not go well. In a 28-17 loss to Arizona, Weeden threw for only 183 yards and 2 interceptions. A touchdown toss in the waning seconds made the game appear closer than it really was.
When Romo broke his collarbone in September of 2015, it was anticipated that Weeden would be at the controls of the Dallas offense for the next two months. However, Weeden played so poorly that Cowboy management had no other recourse than to search for answers elsewhere.
Versus Atlanta in Week 3, Weeden was a dump-off artist in the first-half, his short passes combining with a strong Dallas running game to give the Cowboys a 28-17 halftime advantage. When the Falcons adjusted, Weeden and the offense were dead in the water, helpless to avoid a 39-28 defeat.
At New Orleans on a Sunday night, Weeden’s last-minute drive to force overtime helped to overshadow another sub-par performance. One week later against New England, Weeden looked lost as the Cowboys dropped their third consecutive game by a 30-6 margin.
When Romo was moved back to the active roster in mid-November, Weeden was released.


#6 – Alex Barron  (RT)


It was perhaps natural for fans to assume that the Cowboys were receiving a superior player to Bobby Carpenter when they shipped the disappointing four-year veteran linebacker to St. Louis prior to the 2010 season. But Alex Barron was anything but superior.
Barron, a right tackle with a forgettable past in St. Louis now behind him, started the season opener at Washington as a replacement for an ailing Marc Colombo. Rather than simply blend in with the rest of his offensive line mates, Barron managed to stand out for all of the wrong reasons.
Barron was twice flagged for holding, helping to stall an already struggling Dallas offense. But his worst act was to be saved for the very last play of the game. The Cowboys, trailing by six points, had marched the length of the field and were now in striking range for a last-gasp touchdown from the 13-yard line.
Only three seconds remained on the clock. Barron’s job was simple; keep defensive end Brian Orakpo away from quarterback Tony Romo. And above all, don’t get handsy with him. A holding penalty now would automatically end the game for Dallas.
So what did Barron do? He did the unthinkable, putting Orakpo in a chokehold as Romo stepped up into the pocket to buy time. Because of Barron’s action, Romo’s apparent game-winning TD pass to Roy Williams in the corner of the end-zone was nullified. The Cowboys lost 13-7.
Though he was active for 11 games that season and tried out with a handful of teams in ensuing years, Barron never played another down in the NFL.


#7 – Randy Gregory  (DE)


The Dallas Cowboys took a gamble on defensive end Randy Gregory by selecting him in the second-round of the 2015 NFL Draft. All they have received in return have been a slew of headaches and bad press.
Since testing positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine, Gregory has missed 46 games due to substance-abuse related suspensions, including the entire 2017 & 2019 seasons.


#8 – Lance Lenoir  (WR)

Every once in a while, a player will come along who grabs attention on the practice field only to perform a royal flop on the big stage. That, in a nutshell, describes Lance Lenoir.
Beginning in 2017 when the Cowboys signed him to a rookie free-agent contract, Lenoir’s name was one of the first to be mentioned in a positive manner by coaches during OTAs and training camp. The Cowboys, so went the narrative, had high hopes that Lenoir would assume duties as a punt-returner and would eventually find his way as a credible NFL wide receiver.
But every time the bright lights of preseason came on, Lenoir proved to be prone to mistake. As a rookie, he fumbled in back-to-back weeks against the Rams and Colts, which prevented Lenoir from making the roster. He was signed to the practice squad instead.
One year later, Lenoir threw away his chances again by fumbling twice in a nationally-televised preseason game versus Arizona. He landed on the practice squad, and was active for seven games during the 2018 season.
The Cowboys brought Lenoir back to camp for a third go-around in 2019, but a knee injury in early August ended his hopes of landing a roster spot, and led directly to him being placed on injured reserve.


#9 – Brett Maher  (K)


It should be noted that Brett Maher certainly enjoyed his fair share of highs during his stay in Dallas. That he landed on this list at No. 9 is indicative of the struggles which plagued him throughout.
Maher was a talented kicker with a booming leg. While with the Cowboys, he became the first place-kicker in league history to make multiple kicks of 60+ yards. Maher, to his credit, actually made three before it was all said and done.
But Maher’s shortcoming was his consistency. After making 15 of his first 16 field-goal attempts to begin his Cowboy career in 2018, Maher’s toe got bent in a big way after missing a last-second attempt versus Washington in Week 7 that would have sent the game into overtime. Overshadowed by an inspirational turnaround on the part of the team was the fact that Maher missed one field-goal in six games down the stretch, including a Wild-Card playoff game versus Seattle.
Maher’s 2019 was far worse. He missed two kicks in a Week 5 loss to Green Bay. Dallas’ 28-24 defeat at the hands of Minnesota four weeks later could have been different had Maher connected from 57 yards in the first quarter. After missing a combined three kicks during back-to-back losses to Buffalo and Chicago, Maher was waived having made only 20-of-30 attempts on the year.


#10 – Connor Williams  (LG)


Connor Williams was born during the same spring that Clay Shiver was awarded the starting center job with the Dallas Cowboys in 1997. Perhaps it’s only fitting that Williams’ early days in Dallas should resemble that of Shiver, one of the Cowboys’ biggest disappointments along the offensive line during that decade.
Selected in the second-round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Williams has failed to live up to the hype that predicted he would follow in the footsteps of current Cowboy greats Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, and Tyron Smith. At a smallish 298-pounds, Williams is often guilty of being overpowered by opposing defensive tackles. In two years with the Cowboys, Williams has been flagged for eleven penalties.
It may only be coincidence, but the Cowboys’ two highest-scoring outputs of the 2019 season came after Williams had been placed on injured reserve.


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