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    4 Depth Players to Keep in Mind on Dallas Cowboys Roster

    Maneuvering through the NFL is a funny task for committed football fans, especially those of . Prior to the start of each new season bringing hope for all 32 clubs to reach the , every NFL roster enters a tumultuous state. Talent will be added through and the Draft, while promising players will also be shuffled around through practice squads and releases.

    All of that to say, despite criticism for appearing stagnant so far this offseason on the heels of a 9-7 campaign, nobody knows what the will actually look like in 2018. This is why I've decided to feature four under the radar players on the current Cowboys' roster below, all of which provide depth at positions of need.

    4 Depth Players to Keep in Mind on Dallas Cowboys Roster
    Dallas Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin

    TE Blake Jarwin

    An out of , Blake Jarwin found his way onto the Cowboys' practice squad for 2017.

    Jarwin showed enough promise early in his Cowboys career to earn fans on the staff and throughout the organization, as he was promoted to the active roster in week eight. The Philadelphia Eagles were reportedly in position to snatch Jarwin from the Cowboys – who protected their versatile .

    The TE position remains unsettled for the Cowboys in 2018 and beyond, with Jason Witten's production clearly declining. The Cowboys will also be on their third TE coach in three seasons this year, transitioning to .

    Nussmeier brings no previous experience as a TE coach specifically, meaning the team's overall philosophy on the position will still be determined heavily by . Favoring tight ends that can block in the running game over those with higher upside as receiving threats, Jarwin is a name to keep in mind as a tenacious blocker that plays with sound technique.

    4 Depth Players to Keep in Mind on Dallas Cowboys Roster 1
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    WR Lance Lenoir

    This past summer, I had the chance to interview Dallas Cowboys WR Lance Lenoir following his with the team out of Western Illinois. In that , Lenoir shows off the confidence he took into training camp as a receiver that would have a hard time making the team.

    By the end of this long season, the Cowboys went from being perceived as deep and talented at WR to in need of new play makers on the outside.

    Perhaps pressing a bit through the , Lenoir did provide practice depth as a reliable pass catcher and , struggling on in live action and ultimately spending the season on the practice squad.

    The 2018 features a deep class of talented receivers, and the Cowboys would be wise to draft one with real potential that can push up the depth chart in a hurry. As far as current options on the roster to fill this position, WR Lance Lenoir can't be overlooked as an athletic target with NFL size and strength – entering his second season in Dallas.

    DT Datone Jones

    A mid-season acquisition from the Green Bay Packers, flashed as a defensive in the limited opportunities he received. A five-year league veteran, Jones showed the ability to play with power and leverage at the 1T position – a spot the Cowboys are thin at right now.

    Jones' versatility also suited him well, playing with impressive burst and disruptive ability as a pass-rushing 3T.

    The addition of one more starting caliber DT could truly put this Dallas defensive front over the . With how much believes in his DL rotation though, players like Datone Jones can prove immensely valuable.

    DT Lewis Neal

    Similarly to Jones, is a fan-favorite defensive tackle for the Cowboys. Neal has absolutely earned the attention he's gotten, a UDFA out of that plays the 1T position better than expected given his size.

    The Cowboys have gotten by in recent years with smaller, more mobile players at this interior DT spot, with Neal being their latest post-draft steal to make an impact.

    Lewis Neal appeared in seven games for the Cowboys this season, finding ways to help those around him by anchoring the line of scrimmage and disengaging with active hands and a quick base. This is a player that should be a valuable part of the team's depth on the .

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    The year-to-year nature of the NFL can be a wonderful thing (unfortunately, ask any Eagles fan right now). Part of this reality is understanding that none of the players listed above may actually stick with the Dallas Cowboys for 2018.

    Next week's NFL will kick “draft season” into full gear however, as the Cowboys will be working to better understand their teams needs and how they can be addressed.

    Jarwin, Lenoir, Jones, and Neal all contributed or showed the promise to do so at positions the Cowboys must improve at this season – warranting a closer look through this dull portion of the offseason.

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    Sean Martin
    Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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    Travis Diggs

    Blake Jarwin is the one im the most intrigued with. He had a pretty decent preseason until he got hurt. I’d love to see Jarwin and Rico replace Swaim and Hanna as 2 and 3 on the depth chart with hopefully one of them taking over for Gold Jacket Wit