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    LB Justin Phillips Making a Case to Become a Roster Lock With Cowboys

    In and , the arguably have the best linebacker duo in the entire NFL. They also have some pretty solid backups in and , but the depth behind those four is completely up in the air. That is excellent news for an undrafted LB like Justin Phillips.

    The former Cowboy LB signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted after the completion of the . To go from being an Oklahoma State Cowboy to a Dallas Cowboy must've been a dream come true, especially for a kid from Pearland, Texas who rooted for America's Team growing up. The dream probably won't be complete though unless a roster spot comes with it.

    Surprisingly, Justin Phillips has put himself into contention to earn one of those coveted roster spots. The way he has played in the first two games has caught the attention of quite a few people, which should make it extremely difficult for the Cowboys when it comes to making roster cut decisions. Dallas Cowboys Staff Writer and former Scout Bryan Broaddus agrees…

    “Justin Phillips is going to make it hard on this staff to put him on the street. Not only is his finish impressive, but the awareness he plays with in pass coverage is impressive. There is no way I thought he had a chance for that interception, especially with this initial step into the line, but his ability to turn and run to a spot saved him.”

    Here is the play/interception Broaddus is referring to:

    The Dallas Cowboys have typically only carried six linebackers on their 53-man roster these past few years. With four spots already spoken for, Justin Phillips is doing his damnedest to lock down one of those final two up for grabs. That, of course, is easier said than done.

    Phillips is likely competing with , who led the team in tackles against the last week and fellow undrafted rookie LB . Gifford, of course, missed the game against the Rams with an ankle he sustained in of the preseason against the 49ers. It was actually that injury that resulted in more playing time for Justin Phillips.

    If you're doing the math here, that's three linebackers competing for two roster spots. March-Lillard probably has the upper hand right now over the two rookies, but I wouldn't say he's secured a job just yet. That leaves the door open for No. 44 (Phillips) and No. 57 (Gifford).

    As much as I like Luke Gifford, and I do, I think the stars could be aligning for Justin Phillips to make it through roster cuts. He's playing really well right now, while all Gifford can do is watch from the sideline until he can get back on the field. Regardless though, it's a worth keeping an eye on.

    Do you think LB Justin Phillips has done enough to secure a roster spot?

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    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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    dicastillo76

    I’ve read here and there that despite the injury the Cowboys staff #1 like Gifford enough and #2 feel that he has shown enough to ALMOST be a lock for a roster spot. Then again when you’re talking about the back end of the roster plus the injury, Gifford could end up on IR, the practice squad or make the final cut but end up cut in favor of a player made available through another teams cutdown.
    BUT, again, it sounds like the Boys will find a way to keep Gifford. Maybe Phillips too if he keeps balling out and making the most of his extra opportunities

    Mike Thaxton

    I like both and hope they find a way to keep both ! Watching Gifford play before his injury i remember thinking this kid is every where the ball is !