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    Cowboys 2022 Roster Projection: Preseason Week 3

    With just one more preseason game to go and final cuts only eight days away, rosters are taking shape throughout the NFL. We're back with an updated projection for who will make the Dallas Cowboys' 53 based on the latest news and what we saw in Saturday's win over the Chargers.

    Much of what happened in Los Angeles only validated the last projection. Will Grier looked better than Cooper Rush, Israel Mukuamu solidified his spot, and showed why he shouldn't be ignored.

    Oh yeah; KaVontae Turpin did a few things, too.

    There are a few changes from the last projection. One guy didn't even make it past first cuts and there's been at least one revision on the defensive line.

    Keep reading for a deeper look at the Cowboys projected roster for 2022.

    Offense Depth Chart (23)

    We had FB Ryan Nall making the team in the last projection, only to see him get waived later that day. Nall had been missing with an injury and the team must not have been completely sold on him as a contributor. Instead, it appears they will utilize tight ends or perhaps Connor McGovern as backfield blockers this season.

    The spot opened up by Nall's exit allows Dallas to secure Peyton Hendershot. Keeping a fourth TE makes sense if you don't have a fullback. It also ensures that Hendershot, who gets drafted last April if not for some character concerns, doesn't get poached.

    I keep wrestling with whether or not Cooper Rush makes the roster as QB3. I think Dallas will want to keep him in the room after all these years of working with Dak Prescott, but that can be accomplished from the . I think they go that way to save a roster spot for other positions.

    Rico Dowdle vs may be the hottest competition on the entire roster right now. Davis has looked a little more explosive with the ball, but can he match Dowdle in things like special teams work, blitz pickup, and other more subtle attributes? I am still deferring to the veteran for now, but I'm so prepared to be wrong.

    When is Dallas going to make a move at ? Josh Ball didn't look any better against the Chargers than he did in Denver. He's just not a at this point, not even for one play, and the Cowboys have to go find someone to back up Tyron Smith before the season starts.

    Defense Depth Chart (27)

    We've made a switch at DT from last time, dumping Carlos Watkins for Quinton Bohanna. While the veteran did good work later and is solid depth, Trysten Hill's resurgence mitigates that need while Bohanna and John Ridgeway offer youthful upside and cheap rookie contracts.

    The linebacker and positions feel locked up at this point. Devin Harper and DaRon Bland have looked good in preseason and have those tasty four-year rookie deals the team would love to preserve.

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    I'm still toying with the idea that Donovan Wilson doesn't make the team this year. However, he's getting veteran treatment along with Hooker and Kearse in these preseason games and may be more valued than I assume. But with what Israel Mukuamu and Markquese Bell are doing with their opportunities, I've decided to go longer at safety and take the roster spot from somewhere else.

    Special Teams (3)

    So long, C.J. Goodwin. That roster spot for safety came from the pure specialist. Goodwin's now 32 years old and can give back $1.5 million in cap space is released. While you love the things he can do in coverage and on trick plays, he has no value as a cornerback and there are so many young prospects that the team will want to protect.

    Brett Maher is my current pick for . He has that special 60-yard range and isn't any more of a liability for accuracy than Hajrullahu would be. I still think our kicker could wind up being someone currently on another roster, but for now I'm going with Brett of our current candidates.

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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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    T-Bone

    Outstanding offensive, defensive and special teams depth chart. I like it very much.

    T-Bone

    Kay G

    What happened to Houston??

    lonewolfz28

    He disappeared this week. He played 22 snaps and had zero targets. Week 1, he played 27 snaps and had 2 targets, catching 1 for 18 yards. Dak’s love for him might get him on the 53, but more likely he’s PS bound unless they decide to go heavy at WR. Even if he makes the 53, he’s likely the cut when Gallup comes back.

    Personally, I’d probably take Houston over Hendershot, even though Hendershot has stood out more to me. As a TE, his blocking leaves a lot to be desired. He was responsible for at least two missed or feeble blocks that resulted in tackles for loss. But, I can understand why Jess is going with Hendershot. I really think McKeon or Hendershot end up playing some H-Back this season. That could lead to a lot more wear and tear on our TE’s.

    CowboyChris

    I wouldn’t say Houston disappeared as he had 2 special team tackles and you could see his impact on the run game with some blocks that he made to spring big runs. You are correct he didn’t have any targets but I would argue that’s more due to lack of chemistry wit the other QBs as through camp most of his reps appear to have been with #4.. he appeared to create separation on more than one route that would have been a completion had the QB chosen to look his way

    GhostProtocol

    I feel like Houston is a good player, but doesn’t necessarily offer anything special, or even potentially special. Nothing wrong with holding onto good players but I think others offer something specific of usage: Vasher/Fehoko both offer red-zone size. Turpin is breakaway capability. Brown is all-purpose and is what just about every team wants on the roster as a WR5.

    Lawrence C. Baker

    Turpin is absolutely electric! If you don’t stay in your lane and tackle this guy, he’s going to the house on you. Nashon Wright is a bum! Can’t cover and he’s dumb!!! They may allow him to bake the roster because the Jones clan can’t admit mistakes. Kelvin Joseph still has to face the Prime Minister of the NFL, Roger Goodell for punishment, so cutting him nay be a good thing. If he was looking like Wright, Roger wouldn’t bother him at all because he’d be a Cowboys liability. Lastly I don’t like or trust Maher! He nearly missed an PAT at the end of the half at SoFi. Hajrullahu for now, until he can be moved on.

    Longinus

    Definition of stubborn ignorance: insisting that Dallas doesn’t admit to mistakes, even in the face of clear recent examples to the contrary in Taco Charlton and Jaylon Smith. Well, now you’ve made a big mistake – will you admit to it?