To David Hermann
FOX Sports Dallas Cowboys Writer
We knew the Cowboys were going to be tricky, but they outdid themselves.
The Cowboys’ front office Brain Trust, a roster of young and growing talent, did its best to avoid risk during Tuesday’s roster cut. As the deadline to reach his 53-man roster in the NFL approaches, Dallas parted ways with some veteran players.
Having been to this space so many times during preseason, it’s easy to see why. Vested veterans with three or more seasons in the league are released and re-signed without going through the NFL Waiver Wire can do. Rookies and other young players will have to go through this system so they can acquire from his 31 other teams before returning to free agency.
That said, it’s clear that the Cowboys plan to do a lot of work on their roster over the next few days as they settle in for the start of the regular season.
Let’s take a look at the roster and decide what’s coming next.
QBs: Dak Prescott
The finishing touches to the Cowboys’ roster seem most evident at quarterback, where Dak Prescott is the only man currently with a job. , the front office ultimately decided to cut both players.
It still doesn’t make any sense. Rush has a vested interest and can re-sign at any time. Greer will have to go through waivers, but he’s only played two preseason games and there’s no guarantee he’ll be claimed, and at least he’s one of those guys who’s likely to see him return to the fold. please look for it. It’s quite possible that both will come back.
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RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard, Rico Dowdle
Nothing interesting to report. As expected, the top two were named, with Rico Dowdle nodding as his third running back. Despite an impressive camp, Malik Davis was sacked. If he hasn’t been requested by another team, look for him on the Cowboys’ practice team.
WR: Seedy rum, Michael Gallup, James Washington, Jalen Tolbert, Noah Brown, Simi Fehokocarbon tape pin, Dennis Houston
Dennis Houston did enough to finally earn a roster spot. The Cowboys held a whopping eight receivers, so that’s the biggest point. But it’s not as it is. Washington was moved to injured reserve this week so he can continue rehabbing his broken leg. Gallup isn’t completely healthy yet, but Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday morning that the veteran will be ready to play next week’s Super Bowl, not the season opener. Said it would be
The best guess is that rookie third-round draft pick Tolbert and longtime backup Noah Brown will join the Rams in the starting lineup against Tampa Bay. But it will be interesting to see how offensive his coordinator Kellen Moore incorporates a speedy return his man Turpin into the offense.
Te: Dalton Schultz, Jake Ferguson, Peyton Hendershot
Hendershot, an undrafted rookie from Indiana, picked the best time possible to have a good week. Not only did he play well in the preseason finale, his breakout party came at the same time as veterans Jeremy Sprinkle and Sean his McKeon were sidelined with injuries.
Don’t be surprised if McKeon or another tight end joins the practice squad. But the young duo of Ferguson and Hendershott was impressive enough to convince the Cowboys to go very lightly in that position.
OL: Tyrone SmithConor McGovern, Tyler BiadasZach Martin, Terrence SteeleTyler Smith, Matt Furniok, Matt Waletsko, Josh Ball
As with the receiver, we see some changes here. For starters, Tyrone Smith heads to injured reserve after last week’s unfortunate knee injury. All signs point to Tyler Smith taking over at left tackle. However, the Cowboys’ tackle depth appears to be very thin, suggesting funding wise will find ways to add more veterans in the coming days.
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Farniok offers versatility between guards and centers, so the interior looks decent enough. But I’d be surprised if the Cowboys start the season without adding veteran depth.
DL: demarcus lawrence, Dorance ArmstrongSam Williams, Dante Fowler Jr., Tarell Basham, Osa Odighizwa, Neville Gallimore, Quinton Bohana, Chauncey Golston, Tristen Hill, John Ridgeway
The release of one of last year’s starters, Carlos Watkins, on cutdown day says a lot about the depth of the group. It was expected that the Cowboys would be heavy in this position, but 11 is even more of an option than many expected. Keeping Basham provided extra insurance for DeMarcus Lawrence and allowed Tristen Hill to keep his name on the roster in a strong training camp.
lb: Micah Parsons, Leighton Vander Esch, Anthony Barr, Jabril Cox, Luke Gifford, Devin Harper
These are the kinds of decisions you can make if you keep only one quarterback. These extra roster spots can be given to guys like Gifford and Harper, the common logic was that the front office could only keep one, but how do they keep both I found
Database: Trevon DiggsAnthony Brown, Jordan Lewis, Daron Brand, Kelvin Joseph, nation light, Jayron Curse, Malik Hooker, Donovan Wilson, Israel Muqam, Marquez Bell
This group rocked just what most people thought it would, so there’s not much to see here. The Cowboys have a secondary full of solid veteran starters and a handful of promising young draft picks. Bland deserves mention for outperforming Joseph and Wright throughout camp. It’s also impressive that Bell lived up to the hype for being the most talked about undrafted free agent this summer, and provided buzz by building a roster that, at some point before preparations for Tampa Bay began, had been going on for many years. Special Don’t be surprised to see his team, CJ Goodwin, re-sign.
ST: Brian Anger
Two more roster spots created out of thin air. Brett Maher and Jake McQuaid are set to be on this team, but the Cowboys won’t cost to cut them and could re-sign them later this week. When done, these two should be back in the fold.
David Helman covers the Dallas Cowboys for FOX Sports. He previously spent nine his seasons covering the Cowboys on the team’s official website. In 2018, he won a regional Emmy Award for producing “Dak Prescott: A Family Reunion” about the quarterback era in Mississippi. Follow him on Twitter @David Hermann_.
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