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    Can Cowboys DT Daniel Ross Fight His Way Onto 2019 Roster?

    For two seasons, Daniel Ross has been a solid reserve at defensive for the . They thought enough of Ross to re-sign him this , but other additions at DT may have stolen Ross' roster spot. Is there anything Daniel can do to fight his way back on the 53?

    In late 2017, Dallas signed Ross off the Chiefs' due to injuries at . He was active in three games and recorded one sack as a backup. Daniel returned last year and was active in 13 games, again recording a single sack in his limited playing time.

    With only two accrued seasons in the NFL, Ross was an Exclusive Rights this past offseason. Daniel would be unable to negotiate with other teams unless Dallas waived his rights, but the Cowboys brought Ross back on a one-year deal before even opened.

    Unfortunately for Ross, though, the Cowboys also signed veteran to play DT for them this year. They then spent their 2nd-round pick on .

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    With those players joining , , and in the , it's hard to see a spot for Daniel Ross going forward.

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    Dallas Cowboys DT Daniel Ross (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

    The Cowboys are unlikely to keep more than five defensive tackles. To make the team, Daniel Ross is probably going to have to beat Christian Covington for that last spot on the .

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    Covington feels like a sure thing, though. Dallas signed him to a one-year, $2.5 million deal to convert to DT after playing four years as a 3-4 end in Houston. They must feel pretty good about his potential with that kind of salary.

    One other avenue for Ross to make the team would be Dallas either trading or releasing Tyrone Crawford, which seems unlikely but isn't unrealistic. Crawford's versatility isn't as valuable now that and have joined the DE ranks.

    The Cowboys could still decide they want to save $7 million in cap space by moving on from Crawford. If so, having a solid guy like Ross to fill out the DT position is added motivation.

    Even if Daniel can't make it onto the he's still eligible for the practice squad. But even that won't be a sure thing; undrafted and are younger and should be competitive.

    Since going undrafted in 2017, Daniel Ross has had stops with four different NFL clubs. Will he be able to stick around in Dallas, or will he be looking for a fifth team after final cuts? He has the talent to play in the league, but the Cowboys just may not have an opening for him in 2019.

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    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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    Daniel is a wrecking machine that just needs field time. Look at his stats with so few snaps?! He’s a star rising. Just let him shine. Just let him shine.