8 Cowboys that could be cut before taking a snap in 2021

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The Dallas Cowboys will enter training camp with a bloated 90-man roster that will have to be cut down to a mere 53-players before the start of the regular season. And the journey to the final-53 is an arduous one.

While die-hard fans of America’s Team could feel fairly comfortable that they know most of the names that will and won’t make the final roster, there are always a couple of curveballs no one sees coming. Especially when there are new coordinators and coaches involved.

With that in mind, here are our choices of eight current Cowboys who are likely on the roster bubble this summer in Dallas and could find themselves looking for a new home before the regular season kicks off.

Noah Brown, WR

Seventh-round selections often have a short shelf life in the NFL. But Noah Brown has been able to stick to the Cowboys roster for the past four years as a big-bodied receiver who excels as a run blocker. And that niche has earned him a place on the final roster. But will it continue in 2021?

The fact the Cowboys used a 2021 fifth-round selection on Stanford receiver Simi Fehoko could mark the end of Brown’s run in Dallas. That’s assuming the top four spots on the wideout depth chart are already taken by Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, and Cedrick Wilson Jr. For Brown, he’ll have to outshine the rookie and any other standouts at camp to keep his role.

Ben DiNucci, QB

A 2020 seventh-round selection by the Cowboys, former James Madison quarterback Ben DiNucci played in three games his rookie season in Dallas. Unfortunately, the young passer had a terrible showing in his lone start.

In a Week Eight division matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, DiNucci completed just 52.5% of his passes (21 of 40) throwing for 180 yards and no touchdowns. He was sacked four times in the 23-9 defeat.

With Garrett Gilbert and Cooper Rush also on the quarterback depth chart behind starter Dak Prescott plus the lingering possibility the Cowboys bring in a more experienced backup this summer, DiNucci seems to be a likely final cut casualty and practice squad candidate in 2021.