Cowboys surprisingly cut former top pick in 53-man roster prediction

• The RBs will be tough to figure out

• The secondary is deeper than ever

• Will it be two or three QBs?

Aug 12, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) greets teammates
Aug 12, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) greets teammates / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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One preseason game is in the books and there are now two left for the Dallas Cowboys. They fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars at home 28-23 but were able to get some excellent work in for a few of the players fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster.

Here, we look ahead to Week 1 and try and predict exactly how things will look when the Cowboys do announce their first official 53-man roster at the end of the preseason.

Quarterback (2):

Dak Prescott
Cooper Rush

Dallas could surprise us all again this year by releasing every quarterback not named Dak Prescott as they make any necessary moves — such as moving an injured player to the reserve rather than risking him on waivers. Last year, they cut both Cooper Rush and Will Grier but signed each to the practice squad and since Rush is a vested veteran, there was no risk of losing him.

Whatever they do, expect the depth chart to look the same Prescott is the starter and Rush is his QB2. The only question is whether they want to keep Grier as the third option after another strong offseason. They probably should but the depth elsewhere makes it too tough so they roll the dice with two again and hope Grier makes it to the practice squad.

Running Back (3):

Tony Pollard
Deuce Vaughn
Malik Davis

Tony Pollard is ready to be the featured back and Deuce Vaughn might be RB2 as soon as the season begins — especially after he showed out against the Jags.

Rico Dowdle has a shot at unseating Malik Davis but in the end, it seems Davis is the best option.

Rookie fullback Hunter Luepke is a dark horse to make the team as a short-yardage back but they can probably expose him to waivers if he doesn't play better than we saw on Saturday.