Cowboys 53-man roster analysis: A look at who made the starting team – The Dallas Morning News


FRISCO – After a series of difficult decisionsthe cowboys have a 53-man roster.

It will change in the coming days. Depth at offensive tackle could be added soon. Quarterback Cooper Rush, cornerback CJ Goodwin, kicker Brett Maher and long snapper Jake McQuaide were not included in that initial version, but are expected to be re-signed in some fashion.

Those re-signings won’t necessarily be to the roster. Maher, for example, is considered likely to join the practice squad and be lifted on Sept. 10 for the Cowboys’ Sept. 11 season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Wide receiver James Washington (foot) and left tackle Tyrone Smith (hamstring) will be placed on injured reserve this week.

Without further ado, here is the starting 53. Wide receiver KaVontae Turpin, wide receiver Dennis Houston, tight end Peyton Hendershot and safety Markquese Bell are undrafted players who made their first NFL roster. In total, the group consists of 24 players in attack, 28 on defense, and one specialist.

Goalkeeper (1)

Dak Prescott

The backup quarterback competition ended where it began: Rush is the No. 2, Will Grier the No. 3. If the Cowboys preferred Grier over Rush, they wouldn’t have just exposed Grier to the NFL waiver system like they did Tuesday when cutting him. Rush avoids waivers because he has accumulated at least four seasons of major league experience. Look for him to join the 53 soon, but the team will also narrowly evaluate the quarterbacks around the NFL who are just because available. Last year, that was Grier.

running back (3)

Ezekiel ElliottTony Pollard, Rico Dowdle

Malik Davis, an undrafted rookie from Florida, put in a valiant effort here. But the Cowboys have always preferred Dowdle, whose experience on special teams is a separator. Dallas can begin assembling its practice squad on Wednesday. Davis will be a priority addition if no team claims him on waivers.

Wide receiver (8)

CeeDee Lamb, Michael GallupNoah Brown, Jalen Tolbert, James Washington, Dennis Houston, Simi Fehoko, KaVontae Turpin

Gallup avoids starting the season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List, which would have prevented him from practicing or playing for the first four weeks. Lamb and Brown are expected to lead the position group in offensive opportunities against the Buccaneers.

tight end (3)

Dalton SchultzJake Ferguson, Peyton Hendershot

The Cowboys deserve some credit here for rebuilding the depth at this position. Ferguson and Hendershot cast young Schultz and Blake Jarwin vibes, complementing each other on the field while growing up near it. Sean McKeon (knee) is a practice squad candidate.

Offensive line (9)

Tyler Smith, Connor McGovern, Tyler Biadasz, Zack MartinTerence Steele, Tyron Smith, Matt Farniok, Josh Ball, Matt Waletzko

There is a plan to add depth at tackle. Whether it’s former New England Patriots wide receiver Marcus Cannon or someone else, it’s time to reveal it.

Defensive line (11)

DeMarcus Lawrence, Neville Gallimore, Osa Odighizuwa, Dorance Armstrong, Dante Fowler Jr.Chauncey Golston, Sam WilliamsQuinton Bohanna, Trysten Hill, Tarell Basham, John Ridgeway

The Cowboys chose to go heavy and carry 11. Maintaining that number throughout the season isn’t feasible, but neither is it healthy. The team is better stocked at a position group hit especially hard by injury in 2021. Credit Hill and Basham for a strong training camp that earned staying power.

Linebacker (6)

Micah ParsonsLeighton Vander Esch, Anthony Barr, Jabril Cox, Luke Gifford, Devin Harper

A well balanced group between various skills, youth and experience, defense and special teams

Cornerback (6)

Trevon DiggsAnthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis, DaRon Bland, Kelvin Joseph, Nahshon Wright

Little thought was probably required here, but Joseph needs to show the Cowboys more. Bland, a rookie fifth-round pick, was the better cornerback. Wright has grown a lot since last season, earning the opportunity to develop further.

Security (5)

Jayron Kearse, Malik Hooker, Donovan WilsonMarkquese Bell, Israel Mukuamu

If Tyler Coyle clears waivers Wednesday and joins the Cowboys’ practice squad, the folks at Ford Center at The Star might be celebrating if not collapsing in shock. Coyle should attract ample interest from safety-needy teams, where his skill set as someone who plays nickel cornerback and contributes on special teams won’t get lost in a crowd. The Cowboys were simply too deep here.

Specialists (1)

Bryan Anger

The Pro Bowler could be lonely at practice Wednesday without a long snap to catch, a kicker to hold or an elite gunner to chase his punts. But Maher, McQuaide and Goodwin should keep him company soon.


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