The Dallas Cowboys trimmed down their roster from 90 players to 53 on Saturday. We breakdown the Cowboys initial 53-man roster with more changes to come.
The Dallas Cowboys had 90 players on their roster before this holiday weekend started. Now, that number is down to only 53.
The Cowboys released or waived a whopping 37 players on Saturday in order to meet the NFL’s requirement to have just 53 players on their roster by 3:00 p.m. CT. You can view the entire list of those cuts here.
With Dallas’ depth chart tentatively set, let’s take a look at the “final” roster with the understanding there are likely more moves to come in the next couple days…
Dak Prescott, Cooper Rush
Note: Cooper Rush outplayed Kellen Moore and deserves to be on the final 53. Although, Moore could be back on the roster soon or placed on the practice squad, if he clears waivers.
Note: A lot depends on the results of Elliott’s appeal. But it currently appears, even if his six-game suspension is upheld, the pending court battle afterwards could allow Zeke to play for the foreseeable future.
Note: The Cowboys actually decided to carry six wide receivers this season and that was due to how impressive seventh round rookie Noah Brown looked through training camp and the preseason.
Note: Word is Gathers could be shifted to the Injured Reserve designated to return list, which will have him sidelined for at least the first eight games of the season. As he’s currently in concussion protocol, Rico will likely need that time to recover and to continue the transition from a college basketball star to a NFL tight end.
Taco Charlton, Benson Mayowa, DeMarcus Lawrence, Charles Tapper
Note: The suspensions for David Irving (four games) and Damontre Moore (two games) have opened up spots for a couple of these defenders. Who remains when these two return from their bans will be a big storyline to watch in the coming weeks.
Note: Anthony Hitchens might be transitioned to the IR-designated to return list in the next couple days. But early indications are hinting at the fact “Hitch” may be able to return much sooner than his estimated eight weeks from a knee injury. If Dallas wants to add a player or two from the waiver wire, Mark Nzeocha could be the player that the Cowboys decide to move on from to make room.
Note: The Cowboys traded a future 2019 late round selection to the Cincinnati Bengals for cornerback Bene Benwikere. The move gives Dallas a little security in a defensive backfield dealing with inexperience and injury.
Note: Both Kavon Frazier and rookie Xavier Woods make the roster for now. But that could change due to the fact that second round selection, cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, could also play safety in a pinch. Moving Woods or Frazier could open up a roster spot if the Cowboys decide there is a free agent available that they like more.
According to one NFL personnel director, the league could be dealing with a record amount of waiver claims this weekend. If the Dallas Cowboys are part of that group, expect more changes to be made to this tentative roster in order to accommodate anyone they win off the wire or sign.