3 potential roster cuts Cowboys have to retain on the practice squad

• A young WR with upside

• Safety is pretty deep

• It might be tough to get this rookie back

Aug 26, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Dallas Cowboys running back Hunter Luepke (43) runs for a
Aug 26, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Hunter Luepke (43) runs for a / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Markquese Bell, Safety

In the first two preseason games, Juanyeh Thomas stood out as one of the best — if not the best — players on the Dallas defense. He got the start against the Jacksonville Jaguars and picked off Trevor Lawrence.

In their second game, against the Seattle Seahawks, he again stood out. While he didn't get another interception, he was all over the field and had nine tackles including one for a loss. He was then the player leading the huddle before the game against the Raiders, showing how much faith his teammates have in him as a leader.

In the end, Thomas is expected to be on the 53-man roster which means Markquese Bell could be the odd man out — unless they feel good enough about him in a hybrid linebacker role to go thin at that position.

Bell, an undrafted free agent from Florida A&M, Bell played five games as a rookie for Dallas. He had just one tackle but was still a player that defensive coordinator Dan Quinn really likes. And during this preseason, he's continued to show growth as a player. He's just been overshadowed by Thomas and happens to play on a team with Jayron Kearse, Donovan Wilson, Malik Hooker, and Israel Mukuamu ahead of him.

Even with the depth, it would be wise for the Cowboys to add Bell back to the practice squad. He's more than capable of playing if he gets the chance and would give them some added depth. Not to mention, he could be a solid addition to the roster if Kearse or Mukuamu leave in the near future.