Dallas Cowboys Biggest Issue is Depth; Entire Roster Graded

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During the 2012 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys suffered a lot of season-ending injuries on the defensive side of the ball. Those names included linebackers Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, defensive end Kenyon Coleman and safety Barry Church. And most fans blamed these injuries on the team’s repeat 8-8 season ending record and another lack-luster performance in the final game against the Washington Redskins that once again had the Cowboys watching playoff games instead of participating in them. But injuries were not the real issue. It was depth. And it’s a problem the 2013 could also suffer from.

Every NFL team suffers injuries. It’s a violent sport. And although losing one key player could sink your season, most quality teams have enough talent behind their starters to compensate for the losses. Does the current Cowboys’ roster have quality depth? Let’s grade out each position to find out.

June 11, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton (18) throws during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback: Tony Romo, Kyle Orton, Nick Stephens, Dalton Williams

Grade: B; The Cowboys have a quality back-up in Orton. Although he’s failed to really impress during the pre-season and in very limited action, his past history speaks for itself. Stephens and Williams are strictly practice squad candidates. Dallas is actively searching for more quarterback talent as we speak.

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