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Dallas Cowboys Roster Locks Heading Into the 2020 Offseason

With the San Francisco 49ers win over the and the Kansas City Chiefs win over the , the two teams playing in the is set. Unfortunately, the aren't one of those teams. That means they and the rest of the league are in mode.

Roster evaluations should be fully underway, because you can't really know how to approach and the without knowing which players are staying and which are going. That's why decided to take a look at the Dallas Cowboys current roster to determine who has secured a spot and who hasn't.

Let's take a look…

Quarterback (1)

Dak Prescott

Despite not being under contract right now, is the only QB who I believe is a roster lock heading into the offseason. Like it or not, but the Dallas Cowboys are going to lock him up long-term at some point in the next few months. Who serves as the QB2 though is completely up in the air.

Running Back (2)

Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard

I think and Tony Pollard are the only two roster locks at the position right now. I don't see any reason why their status should change under the new regime, but I can't say the same for . He could become a casualty.

Wide Receiver (2)

Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup

I went ahead and made Amari Cooper a roster lock despite not currently being under contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Keeping him around for at least the 2020 season will be one of the Cowboys top priorities this offseason. Michael Gallup is the only other WR I feel 100% comfortable about sticking around.

Tight End (1)

Blake Jarwin

is technically a restricted , but right now he's the only proven TE on the Dallas Cowboys roster. He's shown flashes of being a difference maker in the , but I'm not quite sure if he will ever be starting material. For now though, his a roster spot seems secure.

Offensive Line (7)

Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, La'el Collins, Connor Williams, Connor McGovern, Brandon Knight

I don't think there is any surprises here. Smith, Frederick, Martin, Collins, and Williams could once again be the starting five in 2020, although could challenge for starting role. proved to be a valuable backup in 2019, which secured his spot in my .

Defensive Tackle (1)

Trysten Hill

Trysten Hill is the only Dallas Cowboys DT I believe has locked up a roster spot right now. The the Cowboys aren't going to give up on their second-round pick in 2019 after one season. Other than Hill though, the position is pretty bare. could be a cap casualty and Antwaun Woods is an exclusive rights free agent. Of the two, Woods might have the best chance of sticking around.

Defensive End (3)

DeMarcus Lawrence, Dorrance Armstrong, Joe Jackson

DeMarcus Lawrence isn't going anywhere and I don't think either Dorrance Armstrong or Joe Jackson are either. Armstrong was Lawrence's main backup in 2019 and Jackson showed enough as a rookie to keep around and develop. All three are versatile enough to fit in 's defensive scheme, which sounds as if it could be a hybrid 3-4, .

Linebacker (3)

Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, Luke Gifford

It's pretty easy to project and as roster locks heading into the offseason. When healthy, they are arguably one of the best LB duos in the NFL. What may surprise you though is the fact I believe is a lock as well. He showed quite a bit of promise as a rookie to make me believe he could be looking at a much larger role in 2020.

Cornerback (2)

Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis

Sadly, I think only and are the only roster locks I have right now at the CB position. I'm a little more confident about Lewis than I am about Awuzie, but with the lack of depth behind them both should feel pretty secure right now. If the Cowboys re-sign Byron Jones and draft another starting caliber CB though, Awuzie could be the odd man out. He took a pretty big step back in 2019, which might not sit well with the new coaching staff.

Safety (2)

Xavier Woods, Donovan Wilson

are Xavier Woods will once again reprise his role as one of the Dallas Cowboys starting safeties, but who starts opposite him is completely up in the air. will certainly throw his hat into the ring. He showed flashes as a rookie of having starting potential, but didn't get much of a chance to prove what he can do in the regular season.

Brian Martin
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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Anthrone Mebane sr

We need to get rid of dak “ yea no caps for his weak ass” this guy is not super bowl material we are wasting a lot of talent and super bowl window keep him get rid of him please, I have been a cowboys fan sense birth, never liked another time nor do I have a second team That I route four but I will not be spending a $1 on any cowboys gear or tickets til he is gone fuck giving my money away knowing we can’t win with that bum.

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