Preseason games are typically good indicators of who will and who won't make the team when the roster is finally trimmed to 53. Sure, there may be a surprise or two but as this preseason schedule moves along, we will get a better idea of who will be running out of that tunnel come Sept. 7 against the 49ers.
In case you missed the previous projections following week 1 of the preseason: Mike Harlos – Jonathan Day.
Without further delay, please see my version 1.0 of what this roster will look like. I will put another one together after the second preseason game.
|QB||Tony Romo, Brandon Weeden, Dustin Vaughan|
|RB||DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar, Joseph Randle|
|WR||Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Dwayne Harris, Cole Beasley, Devin Street, Chris Boyd|
|TE||Jason Witten, Gavin Escobar, James Hanna|
|O Line||Tyron Smith, Ronald Leary, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Doug Free, Mackenzy Bernadeau, Uche Nwaneri, Jeremy Parnell|
|D Line||George Selvie, Henry Melton, Terrell McClain, Tyrone Crawford, Jeremy Mincey, Davon Coleman, Ken Bishop, Caesar Rayford, Ken Boatright, DeMarcus Lawrence|
|LB||Justin Durant, Bruce Carter, DeVonte Holloman, Kyle Wilber, Anthony Hitchens, Rolando McClain|
|CB||Brandon Carr, Orlando Scandrick, Morris Claiborne, Terrance Mitchell, Sterling Moore|
|Safety||Barry Church, JJ Wilcox, Ahmad Dixon, Jeff Heath, Jakar Hamilton|
|Specialists||Dan Bailey, Chris Jones, L.P. Ladouceur|
A couple of things to add:
- Anthony Spencer is on active/PUP. If healthy I think he would slot in and someone from the O-Line would need to be trimmed.
- I do think the Cowboys go with three QB's this year. I know this is something they haven't done in the past but I think they almost have to unless they are 100% convinced in Romo's back to hold up. Based on the first preseason game, Dustin Vaughan looks like he is a better third option than Caleb Hanie.
- I'm really hoping the Rolando McClain experiment comes to fruition. As of Friday morning, I'm not convinced.
- Will Josh Brent be back? If so, who's spot will be compromised?