With the draft over and undrafted rookie signings trickling in, job security may be looking, well, less secure for some Dallas Cowboys.
Of course, as I’ve said in previous articles, when it comes to football, nothing is given – everything is earned. The new guys, for the most part, will have to earn their starting spots and work hard to keep them.
Still, there are Cowboys on the roster that could be bumped to the practice squad or other teams.
Kellen Moore doesn’t have the size or arm strength, but based on the few games he started when Romo was hurt, it’s fair to say that he is a competent backup quarterback. He may even turn out to be QB2, but I think the Cowboys want to see what they have in their rookie QB, before they commit either way.
We’re all hoping Prescott can be the QB of the future or that he at least turns out better than Stephen McGee.
Showers showed promise but not enough, in my opinion, to keep him on the sidelines over Dak Pescott. Prescott could inherit the team some day so the Cowboys will want to have their newest QB watching and learning on gameday.
Showers could find himself on the practice squad or possibly another team.
With the fourth overall pick the Cowboys selected Ezekiel Elliott. I know. It’s awesome.
Elliott will likely be the starter against the Giants in week one. Behind him will probably be Alfred Morris, the Cowboys’ biggest Free Agency signing. Morris takes some of the load off of Elliott, so the Cowboys can punish defenses with a fresh set of legs and lungs on every down.
In the seventh round, the Cowboys took another running back, Eastern Michigan’s Darius Jackson. If Jackson beats out Rod Smith, then he will likely stand in for Lance Dunbar who will start the season on the PUP list after tearing his ACL. If he comes back, Dunbar will likely take Jackson’s spot on the final roster.
Unfortunately, there are only so many snaps to go around and with Elliott and Morris presumably getting most of them, that leaves very few for Darren McFadden. I am a big fan of Run DMC, but with Ezekiel Elliott joining the group, McFadden is probably the guy that goes. And goes quickly.
Unless he can learn to play special teams, I’d be surprised if he is still on the team by Week One.
While the Cowboys didn’t spend a draft pick on a wide receiver, they did sign three rookies as undrafted free agents. Chris Brown, from Notre Dame, Ed Eagan from Northwestern (LA) State, and Andy Jones from Jacksonville. One of these guys will probably take Devin Street’s spot.
Street looks lost on his route running, he is a poor blocker and his hands are suspect. Tony Romo on his best day couldn’t make him look good.
I think the Cowboys are ready to move on from Street and were going to let him go, regardless of any wide receivers they picked up.
What an awesome story it would be for one of the undrafted rookies to catch the winning pass, too.
The only untouchable cornerback on the Cowboys would be Orlando Scandrick. He’s not going anywhere. The Cowboys hope he can return to full strength after his knee injury, because Scandrick is arguably the best slot cornerback they have.
Brandon Carr just took a pay cut which could keep him on the roster for another year. Many thought he would be shown the door before the season started, but the pay cut could ease some criticism that this veteran’s been subjected to. Carr isn’t a spectacular cornerback, but he does a solid job. He is a good number 2 or 3 cornerback.
Since being drafted, Morris Claiborne has been a disappointment, but 2015 was his best year to date. If his recent success in 2015 proves to be a trend and not a fluke, he could sign another deal to stay with the Cowboys for another year or two.
The Cowboys drafted Anthony Brown in the sixth round and while I have high hopes for Brown, I am not sure he can trump Brandon Carr or Morris Claiborne.
He could very well beat Deji Olatoye or Terrance Mitchell for a spot. Dallas has already cut Mitchell once before in his rookie season.
Byron Jones spent time at cornerback and safety in his rookie year, but he should be a full-time safety in 2016. This could be a break-out season for him.
After Jones, Jeff Heath is the only other safety who I’m confident has secured a spot on the roster. Barry Church and J.J Wilcox are both underwhelming. Church isn’t exactly a game-changing safety, and J.J. Wilcox takes poor angles failing to make much needed tackles.
Drafting Kavon Frazier gives the secondary a much needed boost. Kavon Frazier won’t replace Wilcox this year, but he may have every opportunity to do so next year.
Wilcox is the most likely player of this group to get cut, and probably sooner than later.
Of course, there is a lot that goes into who the Cowboys keep or cut so it may be too early to tell. These five positions have been somewhat of a revolving door for the Cowboys in recent years. Hopefully the new rookie additions can make an impact at their positions.