Dallas Cowboys Updated Roster Round Up

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October 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys offense huddles around quarterback Tony Romo (9) against the Philadelphia Eagles during first quarter action at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

Two preseason games over and done with and the Dallas Cowboys roster is still as much of a question mark as it was five weeks ago.  My first attempt to take a stab at what the final 53 would look like is already under some much-needed renovation.  Whether it is injuries, suspensions or guys who weren’t even in camp five weeks ago, there are new names that just might make this team.  With the ever-pivotal third preseason game fast approaching, I felt like this was a good time to see how an updated roster would shape up.

Tony RomoBrandon Weeden

  • As much as Dustin Vaughan probably deserves a roster spot and likely will not make it through waivers if the Cowboys do cut him, this year’s team just has too many other holes to afford the luxury of three quarterbacks.

POSITION STATUS – Unlikely to change

DeMarco MurrayLance DunbarRyan WilliamsTyler Clutts

  • I know the consensus is that Joseph Randle will make the team over Williams because of his special teams ability but I don’t understand that logic.  Randle was atrocious against the Ravens in special teams in the return game and only had four tackles all last season in coverage.  With seven less carries, Williams has a better yards per carry and a touchdown.  I can see this spot coming down to the final game with these two battling for the final RB position.

POSITION STATUS – It’s Randle v. Williams for the fourth spot, no room for both.

Dez BryantTerrance WilliamsCole BeasleyDwayne Harris, Devin Street

  • Much like a third quarterback, there is no need for a sixth receiver, especially when you consider the holes at other spots.  LaRon Byrd and Jamar Newsome have probably outplayed Devin Street up to this point, but I cannot see the Cowboys cutting him.  There may be an outside possibility that Byrd or Newsome continues to their level of play to the point that the Cowboys can use one of them as trade bait, but that’s about where this conversation ends.

POSITION STATUS – Unlikely to change

Jason WittenGavin EscobarJames Hanna

  • Hanna has done everything necessary to earn a roster spot.  He’s had a pretty good camp and has stellar game performances to match.  Escobar has also shown some signs of life which is encouraging, especially given the fact that Scott Linehan is showing nothing in these preseason games.

POSITION STATUS – The only change would be if a pure blocking tight end that the Cowboys love becomes available via cuts from other squads.

Tyron SmithRonald LearyTravis Frederick, Zack Martin, Doug FreeMackenzy BernadeauUche Nwaneri, Jeremy Parnell, John Wetzel

  • The injury to Darrion Weems really deflated any chance at a competition between he and Parnell.  Bernadeau’s flexibility at both guard and center lets the Cowboys stay low in their numbers with nine at this spot, allowing for help in other spots.

POSITION STATUS – Nwaneri and Wetzel are by no means locks and could be replaced either by someone else on the roster or a pickup through waivers.  The last two spots on this unit could be a fluid situation all year-long.

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