Cowboys sign Nikita Whitlock to practice squad and waive Ahmad Dixon

Jason Marcum
SB Nation

In terms of just blocking, Nikita Whitlock was the best fullback on the roster during training camp and through the preseason.

The Bengals chose not to keep a true fullback on the roster this year, and that meant there was no place for Nikita Whitlock. The former Wake Forest defensive tackle was converted to fullback this offseason during the pre-draft process, and he made the transition very nicely.

In terms of just blocking, he was the best fullback on the roster during training camp and through the preseason, but his inability to do anything else led to him being waived. The Bengals opted instead to go with H-back Ryan Hewitt, a pass-catcher who does a decent job as a blocker, and he resembles the kind of player Cincinnati wants in their offense.

They didn't even sign Whitlock to their practice squad, but the Dallas Cowboys did.

It's bit of a surprise that Dixon was waived, considering he was vying for a starting spot on Dallas' depleted and flat-out bad defense. He might be a player to watch for the Bengals to sign to their 53-man roster, given that they have only four safeties, and Taylor Mays really makes a bigger impact at linebacker.

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