Cowboys 53-man roster prediction before training camp: Prioritizing potential

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Building a 53-man roster in the NFL is an art form. Teams like the Dallas Cowboys are required to make tough decisions they know could make or break their season. Having the proper depth throughout the roster is imperative to a team with title aspirations.

Yet, roster spaces are finite and for the Cowboys to go deep at one position they are required to go shallow at another position. This means it’s not always about the best-53, but rather the right-53.

One of the more difficult tasks of roster building is picking between a player who has the best ability to help now and a player who has the best potential to help later. In this roster building exercise, we’re going to place an emphasis on the future and focus on player potential.

Cowboys 53-man roster prediction: Emphasizing player potential

Quarterback (2): Dak Prescott, Cooper Rush

Dak Prescott is the unquestioned starter who will likely be extended in the coming weeks or months. Rush is the favorite for the top back-up spot since he adequately filled the role in 2022. Not many surprises to be had or potential to prioritize at QB.

The biggest question mark at QB is whether or not the Dallas Cowboys keep Will Grier on the 53-man roster. Grier hasn’t shown much since being drafted in the third round of the 2019 draft to make him a hot commodity in the NFL so there’s a good chance Dallas can stash him on the practice squad.