In years past, NFL teams have had to cut rosters down throughout the preseason. Now, it will all be done at once as every team must go from 90 players down to 53 on Aug. 29. For the Dallas Cowboys, there will be plenty of tough decisions as they make their moves.
As hard as it will be to decide on things such as how many tight ends to keep, or which defensive ends need to stick around, some decisions will be made for them. With that being said, here are three players whose performance in the preseason might cost them their jobs.
3. Hunter Luepke, FB
Every year, there's at least one undrafted free agent that really stands out as a potential threat. For the Cowboys in 2023, that player was Hunter Luepke from North Dakota State.
Listed as a fullback, Luepke was seen as a potential short-yardage back that could help them replace Ezekiel Elliott. He was also praised for his receiving skills out of the backfield. Dallas was impressed enough with him that he was signed to a deal with $200,000 in guaranteed money.
After a couple of preseason games, it's fair to ask if they feel less enthusiastic about the 238-pound back. Luepke has six carries thus far with a total of just nine yards. He also has yet to catch a pass for Dallas.
With Tony Pollard set as RB1 and Deuce Vaughn and Rico Dowdle both impressing in the RB2 competition, it's starting to feel less likely that they will go with four backs. That could wind up costing Luepke his spot on the roster, unless he starts to show more of the playmaking skills he had with the Bison in this final game.