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Mike’s Projected 53 Man Roster: Preseason Week 1

We all would have liked a nice clean victory in San Diego on Thursday night, but nothing goes that way with the preseason. One thing to know, while the Cowboys played very few starters, the Chargers played almost all of their starters. This caused Dallas’ 2nd stringers to play against San Diego’s 1st stringers, then Dallas’ 3rd string played against San Diego’s 2nd string, and so on. Don’t feel like the season is doomed yet.

Some bright spots from Thursday night:

  • QB Brandon Weeden showed us why he deserved a chance
  • QB Dustin Vaughan seems to be light-years ahead of Caleb Hanie
  • RB Joseph Randle looks much quicker and more confident than last season
  • S Ahmad Dixon showed up all night long and tallied 12 tackles before a helmet-to-helmet tackle took him out in the 4th quarter
  • LB Anthony Hitchens had some very good plays, although he had some bad as well but he is learning

I will release a 53 man roster prediction after each preseason game but for now, I feel like this is the most likely 53 man roster:

QB Tony Romo
Brandon Weeden
RB DeMarco Murray
Lance Dunbar
Joseph Randle
Ryan Williams
FB Ryan Clutts
WR Dez Bryant
Terrance Williams
Cole Beasley
Dwayne Harris
Devin Street
Jamar Newsome
TE Jason Witten
Gavin Escobar
James Hanna
Offensive line Tyron Smith
Mackenzy Bernadeau
Travis Frederick
Zack Martin
Doug Free
Ronald Leary
Jeremy Parnell
Darrion Weems
Defensive line DeMarcus Lawrence
Terrell McClain
Henry Melton
George Selvie
Tyrone Crawford
Jeremy Mincey
Davon Coleman
Ken Bishop
Caesar Rayford
Ken Boatright
LB Bruce Carter
Justin Durant
DeVonte Holloman
Kyle Wilber
Anthony Hitchens
Rolando McClain
CB Brandon Carr
Orlando Scandrick
Morris Claiborne
Sterling Moore
Terrance Mitchell
S Barry Church
JJ Wilcox
Jakar Hamilton
Jeff Heath
Ahmad Dixon
Specialists Dan Bailey
Cody Mandell
L.P. Ladouceur

For now, I see Dustin Vaughan as a practice squad candidate.

There is word that Josh Brent’s meeting with Roger Goodell went very well on Thursday afternoon, so expect to see him enter into the fold very soon.

Thanks for reading. What would you change about my 53 man prediction?

Let me know in the comments.

Mike is originally from Central Florida and has been a Cowboys fan since watching his first Thanksgiving Day game in 1987. Serving diligently as the voice of @CowboysNation on Twitter since March 2014, he strives to enhance the fan experience for every Cowboys fan he encounters.

  • Erod

    Anthony Spencer should be ready early. No way they keep five running backs. Uche Nwaneri makes the team.

    • Mike Harlos

      Spencer still isn’t even practicing, so having him ready for Week 1 is highly unlikely. To go further, with Lawrence’s injury, Dallas really can’t afford someone else (Spencer) that isn’t playing to take up a roster spot at the same position. Lawrence isn’t eligible for PUP because he has practiced, otherwise that would be the way to go with him. Leaving Spencer on the PUP list keeps him out until Week 6 and then he wouldn’t take up one of the 53 roster spots.

      As for Nwaneri, we will see. I think Dallas has enough flexibility with Weems (T/G), Bernadeau (G/C), Martin (G/C/T) that they could afford to go light on the OLine if they felt they needed a roster spot somewhere else, and if they go light I think Nwaneri is the odd man out.

      • Erod

        Waiting for Spencer (and a pass rush) until week 6 might doom the season before it even starts. Better to have him and Lawrence in the chamber ready to go so they can be used as soon as possible. Spencer is said to be coming along nicely, and as soon as he’s ready to be even a situational player they need him desperately. There’s no one else worthy of a roster spot anyway to take their place. Wilber can play DE in pass rush situations in the meantime.
        I never would go light on the offensive line. It’d be nice to have depth across the offense in total, because it might take 50 points a game to go 8-8 this year anyway.

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