Cowboys roster predictions: Cut to 75 mixing things up

In their cut down to 75 players, the released 3 players who I had on my roster last week. All three, DaVonte Holloman, , and Justin Green were released injured. All three will revert to the Cowboys Injured Reserve list if they are not claimed on waivers. This doesn’t mean the Cowboys will keep them, but at the minimum, the Cowboys must reach an injury settlement before they are outright waived.

Holloman has been advised by doctors to never play again. So, it is a given that the Cowboys will ultimately release him.

As for Johnson, the coaches are still high on his talent, but I think the Cowboys should cut ties with him at this point. But, the cost to keep him around is pretty minimal by NFL standards. He wouldn’t collect his $570K salary, and if the Cowboys want to give him one last chance next season, they could negotiate a very small retainer to keep him. I’m against it, but it remains an option for the Cowboys.

As for Green, he was recently acquired from New England in a for Ben Bass. Both Bass and Green were waived, so I highly doubt the Cowboys will keep Green.

In addition, we have been informed by Jerry Jones that will NOT start the year on the PUP list, as I thought he would. As expected, Ben Gardner and Amobi Okoye have been moved to reserve lists. Finally, the Cowboys have added RB Phillip Tanner and Jemea Thomas and released Tim Benford and .

So, with all that roster movement, here are my current Roster Projections for the Cowboys (opening day starters in red):

OFFENSE – 24 Players

2 – QB – Tony Romo,
4 – RB – , Lance Dunbar, Ryan Williams,
1 – FB – Tyler Clutts
3 – TE – , Gavin Escobar,
5 – WR – Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, , Devin Street,
4 – OT – Tyron Smith, Doug Free, Jermey Parnell,
4 – OG – Zack Martin, Ron Leary, , Uche Nwaneri
1 – C – Travis Frederick

DEFENSE – 26 Players

5 – DE – George Selvie, , Anthony Spencer, , Ken Boatright
5 – DT – , , Davon Coleman, Zach Minter,
7 – LB – , , , Rolando McClain, , , free agent
5 – CB – , Morris Claiborne, Sterling Moore, , Terrance Mitchell
4 – S – Barry Church, , Jeff Heath, Ahmad Dixon


1 – PK – Dan Bailey
1 – LS – L.P. Ladouceur
1 – P –

RESERVE – Suspended

1 – CB – Orlando Scandrick
1 – S – Jakar Hamilton

RESERVE – Non-Football Illness

1 – DT – Amobi Okoye

RESERVE – Injured

1 – LB – Sean Lee
1 – DE – Ben Gardner
1 – DE – DeMarcus Lawrence

RESERVE – Non-Football Injury

1 – DT – Chris Whaley


1 – QB –
1 – TE – Asa Watson
1 – WR – Jamar Newsome
1 – OT – John Wetzel
1 – OG – Ronald Patrick
1 – DE – free agent
1 – DT –
1 – LB – Cam Lawrence
1 – S – Johnny Thomas
1 – CB – Jemea Thomas

We’ll see how close I am to the actual players. It is highly probable that the Cowboys will add 3-4 players between the final cuts and opening day – players we have no way of predicting at this time.

What do you think?


Written by Scott Harris

Engineer, writer and private NFL analyst, he began developing his own statistical analysis program in 1998 to measure and predict the performance of NFL teams. Scott is also a self-taught expert on the NFL salary CAP, analyzing how Cowboys contracts affect the team this year and in future seasons. Mr. Harris' skill lies in digging inside the numbers to explain which statistical measurements matter, and which do not.

Mr. Harris developed his skill at writing for his college newspaper, and had his own politically oriented blog for several years. A passionate fan of the Cowboys, Scott uses his skill with numbers and writing to provide a unique viewpoint of the Cowboys and the NFL as a whole.

He is a native of the DFW metroplex and currently resides in Golden, Colorado designing environmental controls systems for data centers, high rise buildings, college campuses, and government bases.

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