Christopher’s Projected 53 Man Roster: Preseason Week 1

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 HarlosJonathan 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
FB Tyler Clutts
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?

What do you think?


Written by Christopher Sifain

I've been a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan since I was 9-years-old. Born in Rochester, NY, I followed the team closely via satellite feeds and clippings from the Dallas Morning News. I attended multiple events at the Rochester, NY Dallas Cowboys Fan Club. I moved to Dallas in 2002 and quickly bought season tickets to the team I love. My favorite player of all-time is Emmitt Smith, followed by Tony Dorsett and I currently reside in The Colony, TX with my wife and three children.


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