IRVING -- It wasn't unsual for the Cowboys to keep two fullbacks on the 53-man roster.
After a check of the NFC, Green Bay, for instance is keeping three fullbacks on their roster, Korey Hall, John Kuhn and Quinn Johnson. But Washington and Tampa Bay along with the Cowboys are keeping two fullbacks.
Anderson and Gronkowski ran neck-and-neck in terms of making the team but the injury to tight end John Phillips (torn ACL) and the inability of Martin Rucker to distingush himself fully during the preseaon, allowed the Cowboys to go with two fullbacks.
Rucker was signed to the practice squad and could get called to the active roster later in the year.
Gronkowski can play the HBack role better than Anderson, which gives him some value. Anderson is a better blocker, but nagging injuries has the organization concerned about his long-term health.
"It's really the same," coach Wade Phillips said of the fullback/tight end spots. "We might have kept two somebody had go on the 53. Those are ifs. We kept what we thought were the best players and that’s who we have."