Cowboys Roster Projection, Take Two

Prior to training camp, we took a shot at predicting the 53 man roster, by way of ranking the Top 53 players and the next eight for the practice squad. This time, we'll just do a pure projection.

Offense

POSITION
Count
Players Practice Squad
QB
2

Tony Romo
Brandon Weeden

Dustin Vaughan

Can't justify keeping three quarterbacks; Vaughan has enough holes in his game I feel safe that he'll survive to the practice squad.

POSITION
Count
Players Practice Squad
RB
5

DeMarco Murray
Lance Dunbar
Ryan Williams
Joseph Randle
Tyler Clutts

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There's no way that the Cowboys aren't heavily considering carrying four halfbacks; something I've advocated since prior to training camp. This offense will utilize dual running back threats, which mean you must have four on the roster. Also, three of the four have serious injury concerns.

Surprise! New news that practice squads now go 10 deep allow a fullback.

POSITION
Count
Players Practice Squad
WR
5

Dez Bryant
Terrance Williams
Cole Beasley
Dwayne Harris
Devin Street

Chris Boyd
Jamar Newsome

No surprises here. The only risk is Newsome being plucked, but I don't think you sacrifice another position to protect him.

POSITION
Count
Players Practice Squad
TE
3

Jason Witten
Gavin Escobar
James Hanna

Asa Watson

Again, no surprises with the Top 3. There isn't a blocking TE on the roster currently, but I expect one to be brought in late in the game.

POSITION
Count
Players Practice Squad
OL
8

Tyron Smith
Doug Free
Ron Leary
Travis Frederick
Zack Martin
Mack Bernadeau
Uche Nwaneri
Ronald Patrick

John Wetzel

Now it's getting interesting. I do not believe that, at this point, either Parnell nor Weems makes the team. I think Parnell improved some in the Wk2 game, but he'll need a good performance in Wk 3 to justify his $1.5 million salary.

I think that Dallas changes their mantra of as little change as possible in case of injury. Zack Martin is the backup tackle in-game. Extended absence? Bring up Wetzel from the PS.

Defense

POSITION
Count
Players Practice Squad
S
5

Barry Church
J.J. Wilcox
Jeff Heath
Jakar Hamilton
Ahmad Dixon

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Sorry, Unicorn. My biggest question is whether or not Hamilton makes the team or is relegated to the PS. I think the fact they sat Dixon because of the missed walkthrough is a sign that he's going to make the 53. They nipped something in the bud for a player they clearly think has longerm potential.

POSITION
Count
Players Practice Squad
CB
5

Brandon Carr
Morris Claiborne
Sterling Moore
Terrance Mitchell
B.W. Webb

Tyler Patmon

Obviously this is affected by the Orlando Scandrick suspension that opens up a roster spot for four games. Could Dallas go into Week 1 against SF with just 4 corners? Don't rule it out, they've entered the season with low numbers at various positions before.

POSITION
Count
Players Practice Squad
LB
7

Rolando McClain
Justin Durant
Kyle Wilber
Bruce Carter
Anthony Hitchens
Cam Lawrence

Will Smith

Major concerns over whether Devonte Holloman will even play again, much less this season. For now, I'll keep him off the list and that moves Will Smith onto the 53. For all the handwringing over the line and the secondary, nothing gives me greater pause than the LB group.

POSITION
Count
Players Practice Squad
DE
6

Demarcus Lawrence
Tyrone Crawford
George Selvie
Jeremy Mincey
Martez Wilson
Anthony Spencer

Ken Boatwright

Caesar Rayford

Spencer makes my 53, as well as anyone else that can reasonably line up with some semblance of a chance to reach the QB. Except for Caesar Rayford; I think his time is up. What Dallas gets from Spencer and Lawrence this year may define this team.

POSITION
Count
Players Practice Squad
DT
5

Henry Melton
Terrell McClain
Ken Bishop
Davon Coleman
Zach Minter

Dartwan Bush

That's right, the guy telling everyone to pump their brakes over Minter has him on the 53. To be fair, I think this is a place holder spot until Josh Brent's suspension issue is resolved. The rest are no brainers based on preseason snap counts to this point.

The Rest

POSITION
Count
Players Practice Squad
ST
3

Dan Bailey, K
Chris Jones, P
L.P. Ladouceur, LS

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Both the Cowboys and I tried to replace Chris Jones, but alas... le sigh.

POSITION
Count
Players Practice Squad
PUP
1

Amobi Okoye

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Not sure when he'll be healthy, but Dallas will wait a bit because they can.

POSITION
Count
Players Practice Squad
IR/Suspended
5

Sean Lee (IR)
Chris Whaley (IR)
Ben Gardner (IR)
Devonte Holloman (IR)
Orlando Scandrick (Susp)

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Le Sigh.


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