|Date of birth:March 15, 1993|
|Place of birth: Louisville, Kentucky|
|College: Northeast Mississippi CC|
|Undrafted in 2017|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Edmonton Eskimos (2014, 2016)*|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Daniel Ross (born March 15, 1993) is an American football defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. He played college football at Northeast Mississippi.
Early years[edit | edit source]
Ross attended Jeffersontown High School, where he played basketball and at one time was ranked as the number 2 forward prep prospect in the state of Kentucky. He began playing football as a sophomore in high school. He was a linebacker and defensive end, twice receiving All-district and honorable-mention All-state honors.
After not being heavily recruited by colleges, he chose to enroll at Northeast Mississippi Community College. As a freshman in 2012, he tallied 25 tackles (5.5 for loss) and 1.5 sacks. As a sophomore in 2013, he posted 45 tackles to lead the team, 9.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
Edmonton Eskimos[edit | edit source]
On March 7, 2014, he was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, eight days shy of his 21st birthday. He was waived on June 21 and signed the next day to the team's practice squad. On May 15, 2015, he was released before the start of the season with a knee injury.
On May 28, 2016, he was re-signed by the Eskimos after sitting out the 2015 season recovering from his knee injury and having a tryout at their mini-camp in Florida. He was released on June 15.
Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit | edit source]
Houston Texans[edit | edit source]
On May 12, Ross was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans after the 2017 NFL Draft. On September 2, he was waived by the Texans and was signed to the practice squad the next day. He was released on September 8.
Detroit Lions[edit | edit source]
Kansas City Chiefs[edit | edit source]
Dallas Cowboys[edit | edit source]
On November 11, 2017, Ross was signed by the Dallas Cowboys off the Chiefs' practice squad, filling the roster spot created by Ezekiel Elliott's suspension. The addition of Ross and the promotion of Lewis Neal from the team's practice squad, helped to improve the depth at the defensive line with both Brian Price and Stephen Paea being placed on the injured reserve list. He was first activated for the 14th game against the Oakland Raiders. Against the Seattle Seahawks, he had 2 tackles in 18 plays. In the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, he collected 3 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.
References[edit | edit source]
- Moddejonge, Gerry (May 17, 2016). "Ross ready for his second chance with Edmonton Eskimos". https://edmontonjournal.com/sports/football/cfl/edmonton-eskimos/ross-ready-for-his-second-chance-with-edmonton-eskimos.
- Hamilton, Ian (August 17, 2016). "Caleb Holley hopes to catch on with the Saskatchewan Roughriders". https://leaderpost.com/sports/football/cfl/saskatchewan-roughriders/caleb-holley-hopes-to-catch-on-with-the-saskatchewan-roughriders.
- "OFFICIAL: Texans sign 20 college free agents". May 12, 2017. http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/OFFICIAL-Texans-sign-20-college-free-agents/0ce73e00-7f22-4739-a09e-8882b2f04f88.
- "Transactions: Texans down to 53-man roster". September 2, 2017. http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Transactions-Texans-down-to-53-man-roster/66026019-c0ba-4265-9447-6d6bbed1a110.
- "Texans add nine to the practice squad". September 3, 2017. http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Texans-add-nine-to-the-practice-squad/598a55ef-7656-4f98-9bda-c58a9a118640.
- "Transactions: Dee Virgin added to practice squad". September 8, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170910100649/http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Transactions-Dee-Virgin-added-to-practice-squad/1436f473-4a0a-4860-89c5-e12e02fbfa9f.
- "Lions sign LB Nick Bellore to the active roster and DT Daniel Ross to the practice squad". September 11, 2017. https://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-sign-lb-nick-bellore-to-the-active-roster-and-dt-daniel-ross-to-t-19354178.
- "Lions sign DT Christian Ringo to the practice squad". September 14, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20180223204510/http://www.detroitlions.com/news/news-short/article-1/Lions-sign-DT-Christian-Ringo-to-the-practice-squad/84f624a7-8834-4ac6-a040-15c44ef24978.
- Paylor, Terez (September 19, 2017). "Chiefs sign three players to practice squad, including son of former Raiders star". http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article174264581.html.
- Ochoa, RJ (November 11, 2017). "Cowboys sign DT Daniel Ross from Kansas City Chiefs practice squad". https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2017/11/11/16637496/dallas-cowboys-sign-dt-daniel-ross-from-kansas-city-chiefs-practice-squad.