Dallas Cowboys Pre-Training Camp Roster Breakdown

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Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) in the huddle during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving against the Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium. Dallas beat Oakland 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Eleven days remain before the Dallas Cowboys take the practice field once again.  The wait is finally over.  Training Camp is here.

Over the last three weeks, I have reviewed the entire roster to see who might make the final 53-man team once final cuts are made on August 31.  If you would like to check out any of those positional breakdowns, you can do so my clicking the corresponding links below.  After completing the last review, it seems that I had fifty-one players meaning I had two spots up for grabs.  Today’s column will look at the 51 I chose for the team and examine which positions could use an extra body.  Whether that body belongs to someone else in camp or the Cowboys go fishing in the pool of other team’s cuts remains to be seen.

Quarterbacks (2)
Tony Romo, Brandon Weeden

  • Could the Cowboys keep three quarterbacks?  That has usually not been the case in the past but depending on how Weeden looks in the preseason and more importantly, what happens with Kyle Orton, it is certainly a possibility. In my opinion, the best case scenario for Dallas would be to keep just two and if Romo goes down again, tank for a top five draft pick.

EXTRA ROSTER SPOT – Moderate

Running Backs (4)
DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar, Ryan Williams, Tyler Clutts

  • I have the winner of the training camp battle between Williams and last year’s fifth round pick, Joseph Randle making the team with the other being out right released.  I also believe that Dallas keeps a fullback.  If injuries hit this position, practice squad candidate Ben Malena or a currently unemployed veteran back could be brought in.

EXTRA ROSTER SPOT – Low

Wide Receivers (5)

Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Dwayne Harris, Devin Street

  • This is probably the simple position to predict.  All the other guys that will be in camp are projects not really ready for a full-time roster spot.  Also with Witten, Escobar and the number of looks within the frame of the passing game that will go to Murray and Dunbar, there is no need for a sixth receiver.

EXTRA ROSTER SPOT – Extremely Low

Tight Ends (2)

Jason Witten, Gavin Escobar

  • One of the most glaring needs that this team has which is not currently on the roster is a blocking tight end.  I believe that James Hanna is too much of a duplicate to the skill set Escobar brings to the table and Dallas seems to be high on him.  Look for the Cowboys to scour the waiver wire to acquire this option once cuts are made league-wide.

EXTRA ROSTER SPOT – Extremely High

Offensive Line (9)

Tyron Smith, Ronald Leary, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Doug Free, Mackenzy Bernadeau, Uche Nwaneri, Darrion Weems, John Wetzel

  • Nine seems like an accurate number given that Dallas will keep one swing tackle and possibly another tackle to groom to protect against injuries.  Bernadeau has positional flexibility at both guard spots and center.  Since there has been no details publicized regarding Nwaneri’s contract, it’s likely he is somewhere near the veteran minimum.  Unless he has a horrible camp, he’ll likely stick around.

EXTRA ROSTER SPOT – Extremely Low

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