Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster projection 1.0: Predicting how the team could break camp

How much can change in three weeks? It’s always crazy to think about what goes into a typical training camp. For all the money and logistics spent on the trip, cowboy Will practice only 12 times during his stay in Oxnard, California, which begins this week. Things can (and will) change quickly.

Also, I think we often get caught up in the daily rhythm of training camp. Highlight reel catches often don’t pan out the way we think, and coaching staffs often have completely different ideas than the rest of us about how rosters will be put together. This doesn’t even include the huge impact preseason games can have on roster decisions.

For the next month I plan to outline the thought process. Today, before anyone takes the field, I’ll present the Cowboys’ final roster because it makes sense at this point. I’ll update outlining the changes and rationale as we go along. Hopefully, by the time we see the real thing in September, we’ll have learned a thing or two about Dallas’ decision-making process.

quarterback (2)

terrace prescott

cooper rush

For the time being, my only question is whether the Cowboys will do something crazily to lower the number. If you remember, they released Cooper Rush last summer and Sorry Will Grier during final cuts to save roster space for other players. Rush is an established veteran who has earned three seasons of service, so he can be released without being subject to the waiver cable and re-signed once a spot is created. After going 4-1 as a starter last fall (and signing in overtime for more than the minimum), I wonder if the front office chooses not to play that game with him this year. we will see.

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walk back (4)

Tony Pollard

Ronald Jones Second

Malik Davis

deuce von

I’m not convinced Ronald Jones’ selection spot is secure. His contract isn’t big enough to guarantee him a job, and there are young, talented guys behind him. But today, without seeing a single photo, I still think his experience gives him an edge and should be considered. Deuce Von is going to form the team; I have no doubt about it. My main question for the rookie is how big a role can he play for himself and how high can he climb the depth chart. There is a world where Vaughan is the undeniable backup to Tony Pollard.

wide receiver (6)

C D Lamb

brandin is cooking

Michael Gallup

jalen tolbert

simi fehoko

cavonte turpin

What a difference a year makes. After a revolving door of options last summer, the top half of this depth chart is settled in with Brandin Cook and Michael Gallup fully healthy in the mix. I have some questions here. First of all, is the 2021 fifth-round pick Simi Fehoko able to beat the young options? At this point, I give him the nod because of my familiarity with the quarterback and the offense. But keep in mind the front office just made a seventh round pick jalen brooksAnd young draft picks often find a way to stick around.

My second question is about Kavonte Turpin. It may seem silly to suggest that a Pro Bowler has no job security, but Turpin only played 65 snaps last year. If someone else becomes adept at a special team role (like Deuce Von perhaps), this could lead to trouble. Still, I think Turpin’s rare pace could bring him back into the team.

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tight ends (3)

Jack Ferguson

Luke Schoonmaker

Peyton Hendershot

There is no need for many words here. giants to watch Sean McKeonWhich can definitely play a role in the final selection for the fourth year in a row. However, for now, I am ready to roll with just three youngsters.

Attack Line (9)

Tyrone Smith

Tyler Smith

Tyler Biadaz

Jack Martin

Terence Steele

Chuma Edoga

Aseem Richards

matt walterzko

Matt Farniok

Good luck figuring out where they’ll all be playing, but it’s not too hard to analyze the names. I guess my biggest question at this point is about veteran Chuma Edoga. Generally accepted logic suggests he has a chance at the left guard job, but the Cowboys only guaranteed him $1 million. If he’s not better than some of the youngsters like Asim Richards or Matt Farniuk, I don’t think it’s going to be a very difficult decision. Thanks to Tyler Smith’s positional flexibility, I only see a need to keep Matt Waltzko as a backup tackle.

Defensive End (5)

D Marcus Lawrence

Micah Parsons

Dorrance Armstrong

Sam Williams

dante fowler

I really don’t care how you label Micah Parsons. He is the best player on the team and will probably spend most of his time chasing the passer. That’s why I put it here. The Cowboys hit this spot and I’d be surprised if the final group looks much different.

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Defensive Tackle (5)

osa odighizuwa

Mazda Smith

john hankins

chauncey goulston

Maliyami Fehoko

Defensive tackle is much more of a shot in the dark than on the sidelines. Mazzie Smith is a clear lock in the first round, and the same can be said for Osa Odighizuwa. The Cowboys clearly appreciate what Johnathan Hankins brought to the center of their defense last season. But behind the depth chart lies a host of confusion. Without seeing him practice, I’m inclined to believe that Williamie (aka Junior) Fehoko has a roster out there because he is a fairly high draft pick. I don’t think there’s room for these three on the roster Marcel GallimoreChauncey Golston and quinton bohana, The coaching staff will likely have to make some decisions regarding some veterans.

linebacker (5)

leighton vander ash

damon clarke

DeMarvian exaggerates

Jabril Cox

Devin Harper

I think you can get away with negligence in this situation for two reasons. First, jerron candle And donovan wilson Can essentially serve as an additional linebacker in multiple looks. Second, Parsons can wear different hats even if he is not a full-time linebacker. I initially considered putting only the four linebackers on this list, but felt crazy to do so.

Corner Back (6)

trayvon diggs

Stephen Gilmore

da ron bland

Jordan Lewis

Calvin Joseph

Eric Scott Jr.,

The intrigue of this place lies in figuring out the pecking order. The outdoor spots are made of stones, but at least three seasoned veterans can compete for the Nickel Corner course. It’s hard to remember a year when the Cowboys looked so badly beleaguered.

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security (5)

jerron candle

donovan wilson

malik hooker

israel mukuamu

Marquise Bell

The top three look like locks, and Israel Mukumu has shown some seriously interesting growth in Year 2. It looks like Marquess Bell should have the inside track to a roster spot, though there are no guarantees.

specialist (3)

Trent Sieg

Brian Anger

brandon aubrey

This should serve as a quick reminder that the team’s ultimate kicker may not be in camp yet. The same happened in the last season. But special teams coordinator John Faisal liked Brandon Aubrey so much that he waited until the USFL season was over for the Cowboys to select him. As long as he doesn’t melt down completely, I think his chances are good.

David Hellman covers the Dallas Cowboys for Fox Sports. He previously spent nine seasons covering the Cowboys for the team’s official website. In 2018, he won a regional Emmy for his role in the production of “Dack Prescott: A Family Reunion,” about the quarterback’s time in Mississippi. follow him on twitter @davidhelman_,

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