5 players who won't be on the Cowboys' 53-man roster come Week 1

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The Dallas Cowboys put together their best offseason in recent memory this year.

They re-signed multiple key free agents and traded for a pair of proven veterans in Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore who not only bring a winning pedigree to the locker room, but should help the team get over the hump in the playoffs if everything breaks perfectly.

Having said that, the time for the Cowboys to marvel at their work is over. Training camp is underway in Oxnard and the 2023 regular season is a short two months away. In other words, the race is officially on for players on the roster bubble to prove they deserve a spot on the 53-man roster.

Though things can change between now and the end of training camp, these players feel like a longshot to make the final roster.

5. Ben Banogu, DE

It wouldn't be a huge surprise if Banogu made the 53-man roster, but when you couple his track record with the Colts and the sheer depth of the Cowboys' DE room, he faces long odds to still be on the team after preseason.

Banogu's explosive athleticism could be his saving grace, as he logged a 9.71 relative athletic score coming out of TCU. His 4.62 40-yard dash, 40-inch vertical and 2.68 20-yard split caught the eye of scouts and the Colts made him the No. 49 overall pick in the second round of the 2020 draft.

The Colts never had a deep stable of pass rushers during Banogu's tenure and he still couldn't carve out a consistent role. He failed to get off the bench in numerous games and in total produced 2.5 sacks, three tackles for loss six QB hits over four years in Indy; 50 games, zero starts, and 554 snaps.

Banogu could potentially make the Cowboys 53 as a deep DE/DL option and special teams contributor, but that's being generous.