Cowboys 53 Man Roster Projection Part 3

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Saturday afternoon every NFL team will have to trim their 90-man rosters down to just 53 players. For the Cowboys, this will be interesting, there is a lot of depth on this team and it will be hard to let some guys walk. Let’s see who makes the cut.

Quarterback:

Quarterback has been a position that everyone has seemed to feel pretty comfortable about until Cooper Rush burst on to the scene and earned himself a roster spot, with Rush’s little NFL experience the Cowboys will most likely need three quarterbacks.

QB1: Dak Prescott QB2: Kellen Moore QB3: Cooper Rush (3 total players)

Running Back/Full back:

With the unknown factors of Ezekiel Elliot’s suspension, the Cowboys may go long at running back, here’s my guess.

RB1: Ezekiel Elliott RB2: Darren McFadden FB1: Keith Smith RB3/FB2: Rod Smith (7 total players)

Wide Receiver:

This position group will be one of the easier position groups to predict in my opinion, the top four players are pretty set and there has been an emergence of rookie, Noah Brown, who has earned himself a roster spot, says Owner Jerry Jones.

WR1: Dez Bryant WR2: Terrance Williams WR3: Cole Beasley WR4: Brice Butler WR5: Ryan Switzer WR6: Noah Brown (13 total players)

Tight End:

Rico Gathers will not be on this list because I believe he will be placed on the IR/Designated to return list. The other three are names that Cowboy fans should be used to.

TE1: Jason Witten TE2: Geoff Swaim TE3: James Hanna (16 total players)

Offensive Line:

The first six names on this list will be easy, after that, it’s an absolute toss up. Let’s see who’s going to be up front for the Cowboys.

LT1: Tyron Smith LG1: Jonathan Cooper C1: Travis Frederick RG1: Zack Martin RT1: La’el Collins LT/RT2: Chaz Green C/G2: Joe Looney G/T2: Byron Bell (24 total players)

Special Teams Core Players:

This one should be easy right?

K1: Dan Bailey P1: Chris Jones LS1: L.P. Ladouceur (27 total players)

Defensive Line:

This is the hardest position group to predict because there may be someone who is currently on another team, I will not include suspended players on this list because they will be on the reserve/suspended list and will not count towards the Cowboys 53.

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LE1: Demarcus Lawrence DT1: Maliek Collins DT2: Stephen Paea RE1: Tyrone Crawford LE2: Benson Mayowa DT3: Cedric Thornton DT4: Lewis Neal RE2: Taco Charlton LE3: Charles Tapper (36 total players)

Linebackers:

Linebacker is going to be pretty interesting, Anthony Hitchens’ injury doesn’t appear to be as serious as everyone originally thought so I think he’ll be able to avoid the IR/return list, there are also rumors that Damien Wilson might be suspended but there hasn’t been any official word yet so he’ll make the active roster as well. I believe they’ll carry 6 of their own and sign one more linebacker off of the free agent market.

WLB1: Sean Lee MLB1: Anthony Hitchens (although he will not start week one) SLB1: Damien Wilson WLB/SLB2: Kyle Wilber MLB2: Justin Durant (week one starter) MLB3: Jaylon Smith WLB/SLB3: player yet to be acquired (43 total players)

Cornerbacks:

After the top three corners it’ll be a whole bunch of rookies that the Cowboys will be using to fill the depth chart for 2017.

CB1: Orlando Scandrick CB2: Anthony Brown CB3: Nolan Carroll (may also face suspension) CB4: Chidobe Awuzie CB5: Jourdan Lewis CB6: Marquez White (49 total players)

Safeties:

We’ve made it to our final position group, with only four roster spots remaining this means I believe the Cowboys will only keep four safeties. That is okay because there are a few cornerbacks who have position flex to help the team out at the safety position.

SS1: Jeff Heath FS1: Byron Jones SS2: Kavon Frazier FS2: Xavier Woods (53 total players)