The Dallas Cowboys announced their initial 53-man roster on Tuesday, but there's still plenty of moving parts.
For example, Nahshon Wright and Matt Waletzko going on IR/designated to return opens up two spots immediately. The expectation is OL Chuma Edoga, CB/special teams ace C.J. Goodwin and long-snapper Trent Sieg will return to the roster.
While the hard part is over, there's still plenty of work to do. Waived players could return to the practice squad, but only if they go unclaimed on waivers. The Cowboys could also sign released players from other teams.
It's going to be a busy couple of days in Dallas. In the meantime, let's underline the biggest takeaways from the initial 53-man roster.
4. Linebacker is fine, but could use some help
Linebacker isn't as thin as it's perceived given Dan Quinn can convert some safeties to play the position. A safety by trade, Markquese Bell is expected to fill DeMarvion Overshown's role as an off-ball linebacker, while Donovan Wilson and Jayron Kearse are plenty adept at dropping inside the box.
Still, Leighton Vander Esch, Damone Clark and Devin Harper are the only out-and-out LBs on the roster. Harper becoming the player many expected Jabril Cox would be would quell concerns about the position's depth, but he has zero regular season experience, and waived veteran Malik Jefferson could join the active roster if he's re-signed to the practice squad.
Overshown's injury really stings, which leads us to believe the Cowboys could look to add another veteran this week. Cory Littleton, Deion Jones, and Nicholas Morrow are some players available on waivers worth looking at.