The Dallas Cowboys have a loaded roster, but is the roster too loaded for some of the players who showed out in the preseason? The Cowboys finished off the 2023 preseason with a decisive win against the Las Vegas Raiders, and a number of players made a very strong final case to make the team.
But was it enough?
We know Will Grier is going to be looking for a job elsewhere despite his huge performance throwing the ball, but the Cowboys might be working out ways to make sure another handful of players don't miss out on 53-man roster spots. Which players do they need to make room for on this year's 53-man roster?
Let's take a look at three names to watch for.
3 players the Dallas Cowboys need to make room for on the 53-man roster
1. Isaiah Land, edge
The Dallas Cowboys are kind of loaded in the pass rush department, but that didn't prevent rookie free agent Isaiah Land from standing out during the preseason. The Cowboys took a chance on Land despite the fact that he's relatively undersized for his position, checking in at under 240 pounds.
Despite the lack of bulk and mass, Land proved himself to be worthy of a 53-man roster spot with a highly productive preseason of rushing the passer and getting after the opposing QB consistently.
There's no official stat for this one, but Land was causing tackles to false start as well. That's what consistently winning at the snap will do for you. This is a player that had 25 tackles for loss and 19 sacks in the 2021 college football season. His numbers came back down to earth in 2022 with 12 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks, but he's obviously got that juice off the edge.
With such a good preseason, teams that may have had concerns in the pre-draft process who liked Isaiah Land would perhaps like him too much to let the Cowboys sneak him onto their practice squad at this point.
Pass rushers are a premium in today's NFL, so maybe Dallas should just find a way to keep him instead.