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 . 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 took him out in the 4th quarter
  • LB 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:

Brandon Weeden
RB DeMarco Murray

Joseph Randle
FB Ryan Clutts

Cole Beasley

Jamar Newsome

Tyron Smith

Ronald Leary
Jeremy Parnell
Darrion Weems
DeMarcus Lawrence

Henry Melton

Jeremy Mincey

Caesar Rayford
Ken Boatright
LB Bruce Carter

DeVonte Holloman
Kyle Wilber
Anthony Hitchens
CB Brandon Carr

Morris Claiborne
Sterling Moore
Terrance Mitchell
S Barry Church
JJ Wilcox
Jakar Hamilton

Ahmad Dixon
Cody Mandell
L.P. Ladouceur

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

There is word that '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.

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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.


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.