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Dallas Cowboys Current Depth Chart Heading Into the 2020 Offseason

What does a Dallas Cowboys roster look like before making any offseason moves?

The Dallas may have answered one of the big offseason questions with the hiring of new Mike McCarthy, but their work is far from finished. There is still a ton of unknown surrounding this team, especially in regards to their current . That’s what I want to take a look at today.

Fortunately, the Dallas Cowboys core roster remains intact. It’s probably one of the reasons Mike McCarthy was so interested in the job in the first place. However, the Cowboys still have a lot of players hitting this offseason. Determining who to keep and who to let go will be just one of many things McCarthy will have to check off his to do list.

Mike McCarthy has only been the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys for a few days now, but don’t think for a second he hasn’t already started the evaluation process. I don’t envy him in the least, because the current depth chart isn’t very inspiring to say the least. But this is his job to do and he knew what he was getting into.

Let’s take a look…

Quarterback (0)

Dak PrescottCooper Rush

If the season were to start today, the Dallas Cowboys don’t have a QB under contract who played for them in 2019. That of course will change once they shell out big bucks to , but as far as Cooper Rush is concerned he’s probably looking for work elsewhere in 2020. I think they can find a better QB2 to back up Prescott.

Running Back (3)

Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard, Jamize Olawale

I don’t foresee any changes to the position this offseason unless Mike McCarthy chooses not to carry a on the roster. Jamize Olawale technically still has two years remaining on his contract, but releasing him won’t cost that much against the .

Wide Receiver (3)

Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Randall CobbTavon Austin, Ventell Bryant, Devin Smith

is the only proven WR currently under contract with the Dallas Cowboys right now. will likely be retained for at least a , whether it’s via a long-term extension or franchise/ remains to be seen though. Adding depth at WR is an under the radar “need”.

Tight End (2)

Jason Witten, Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz

The / duo performed admirably in 2019, but I think upgrading the TE position should be a priority this offseason. Jarwin has proven he can be a threat in the passing game, but is still a liability as a blocker. Schultz could have a hard time making the roster next year and it’s probably time for Witten to hang up his cleats for good.

Offensive Tackle (5)

Tyron Smith, La’el Collins, Cameron Fleming, Brandon Knight, Mitch Hyatt

The Dallas Cowboys actually have some pretty solid depth at OT right now. Smith and Collins should once again bookend the Cowboys OL next year and Fleming should remain as the swing . ’s versatility came in handy last year, so he should stick around. As for Hyatt, he should still be considered nothing more than a developmental player.

Offensive Guard (3)

Zack Martin, Connor Williams, Xavier Su’a-Filo, Connor McGovern (IR)

Zack Martin isn’t going anywhere. He will once again lockdown the RG position next year, but LG might be up for grabs. Connor Williams and could duke it out in the offseason, although we don’t really know what to expect from McGovern since he spent all of his season on injured reserve.

Center (1)

Travis Frederick, Joe Looney

had a fantastic bounce back season after overcoming a serious autoimmune disease. He will once again anchor the Cowboys OL next year, but they could use another backup with Joe Looney likely departing in free agency. Connor McGovern could be the guy, but that’s unknown as of now.

Defensive End (4)

DeMarcus Lawrence, Robert Quinn, Michael Bennett, Tyrone Crawford (IR), Kerry Hyder, Dorrance Armstrong, Joe Jackson

The Dallas Cowboys are likely losing half of their DE depth from 2019 and could quite possibly cut ties with Tyrone Crawford as well to save some money. With only as the only proven commodity, adding depth at DE should without a doubt be a top priority. A change in however could change this position more than any other for the Cowboys.

Defensive Tackle (1)

Antwaun WoodsMaliek Collins, Trysten Hill, Christian Covington

is the lone remaining DT currently under contract with the Dallas Cowboys. They do have Daniel Wise on the , but projecting him as a starter/contributor next season would be unwise. Upgrading and adding depth here should be the Cowboys #1 priority. They’ve ignored the position for too long.

Linebacker (4)

Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, Sean LeeJoe Thomas, Luke Gifford, Chris Covington

and Leighton Vander Esch are the unquestioned starters heading into the 2020 season for the Dallas Cowboys, but the depth behind them is unproven. Upgrading the LB position could be towards the top of the offseason to do list, especially considering LVE’s neck/back issues continue to be a problem.

Cornerback (3)

Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis, Donovan Olumba

If Byron Jones leaves via free agency the Dallas Cowboys CB position could see close to a complete overhaul. Chidobe Awuzie took a huge step back in 2019 and shouldn’t be guaranteed a job in 2020 with a new . Likewise, will have to prove himself as well. Don’t be surprised if the Cowboys go CB early in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Safety (2)

Jeff Heath, Xavier Woods, Darian Thompson, Donovan Wilson

The Dallas Cowboys position continues to be overlooked, but it’s probably not any worse off with potentially leaving in free agency. Xavier Woods played well in 2019 and should retain his starting job, but who plays opposite him in 2020 is up in the air. Maybe it’s or some other safety they acquire via , free agency, or through the draft.

What do you think?


Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  1. Tavon Austin is a wasted roster spot. Jamize Olawale is not needed either. Cooper, Cobb and Gallup are a tremendous three receivers. I would keep them all plus Devin Smith, and add one or two more Free Agents (A.J. Green?). In the backfield, replace Olawale with Mike Weber, Jr. Pollard and Elliott will get 99% of the carries and will be excellent. The line is in good shape, as you said. Su’a-filo and Looney did a great job for the Cowboys, but the time for the younger guys is now. McGovern, Knight and Hyatt are young and hungry. It will be interesting to see who the starting left guard ends up being. There is good competition there. Fleming is a top notch swing tackle but we’ll see if Knight can take that job. At QB, Prescott is the man and will be for a long time. Backup is another matter. I think Rush is OK because Prescott is so durable. But this is another area where we’ll just have to wait and see if the Cowboys do something different. I don’t think they will. There are a number of excellent Tight Ends available in free agency this year, and it’s time to grab one of them. The defense will see the most shakeup. A big unmovable nose tackle has been needed for a long time. This may come via free agency (Chris Jones!!!) or the draft. At Safety, the ‘boys need a great young star to fall their way. The same can be said for cornerback. Finally, resign Robert Quinn, Christian Covington, and either Maliek Collins or Antwaun Woods for depth.

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