Following their win over the Las Vegas Raiders in the preseason finale, the Dallas Cowboys will now begin to work on trimming their roster from 90 players down to 53.
These decisions won't be easy and a terrific showing from just about everyone in the game against Las Vegas will make the choices even tougher. With that being said, not every player who gets released will be done in Big D since they will be able to sign several of these players to their practice squad. Of course, that only happens if they go unclaimed by other teams.
Here, we identify three players the Cowboys need to bring back to their practice squad if they can.
3. Dennis Houstn, Wide Receiver
Last year, Dennis Houston was a surprise addition to the initial 53-man roster. Undrafted out of Western Illinois, he beat out third-round pick Jalen Tolbert and was out on the field in their opener. He ended up appearing in just two games and had two receptions on six targets for 16 yards.
Houston was eventually released and spent the majority of the season on the practice squad. Now in 2023, he has an even tougher road ahead of him with Brandin Cooks added in the offseason. There's also been a huge leap made by Tolbert and Michael Gallup is healthier with more than a full year now separating him from his ACL tear.
Despite his place on the depth chart, Houston continues to prove himself when given a chance. He had five receptions for 62 yards this preseason, which might not sound like much, but it was more than he had in 2022. He's continually shown in practice that he has a rapport with Dak Prescott and if there is an injury to any wideouts, he's someone they can elevate without concern to the active roster.