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Questioning The Dallas Cowboys Final 53 Man Roster

The announced their 53 man roster a few days ago and to be completely honest they made some head scratching moves, at least to the people outside the organization.

I thought I would take this opportunity to share with all of you some of the questions I have in regards to the Cowboys roster and what I would do to help provide depth from top to bottom.

I personally found it a little strange some of the positions they decided to go long at, especially considering it caused them to go short at positions that were already worrisome to begin with.

Below are three questions and solutions I have regarding the Cowboys 53 man roster as it stands now.

How many running backs is too many?

Cowboys Headlines - Questioning The Dallas Cowboys Final 53 Man RosterWe all knew that it would be difficult for the Dallas Cowboys to decide which running backs would make the final 53 man roster, but I don't think anyone would've predicted that they keep six total RBs.

It's almost as if they couldn't decide who stays and who goes, so they chose not to make a decision at all.

Ezekiel Elliott, Alfred Morris, , and all look good on paper, but how the staff is going to determine individual roles for each player is completely mind-boggling.

To make matters even more confusing, the Cowboys decided to keep two fullbacks as well.

The Dallas Cowboys only use a occasionally as it is, so to keep two of them means your sacrificing depth at another position.

It's really going to be interesting to see how the handles the RBs for the Week 1 match up against the . Maybe then we can get some answers.

My solution: Cut both Rod and , which would free up two roster spots and give Geoff Swaim a new offensive role.

Is there safety in numbers?

Cowboys Headlines - Questioning The Dallas Cowboys Final 53 Man Roster 1Minds were blown when the Dallas Cowboys announced the roster cuts and JJ Wilcox was not among them.

For years now fans have been calling for Wilcox to get the ax, but for some reason the Cowboys decided to keep five safeties, which saved Wilcox's job for now.

We all know that Byron Jones and Barry Church are penciled in as the starters, with as the reserve after a new long-term contract.

It was thought that the Cowboys would just keep four safeties, with rookie claiming that last spot based on his performance in the . That simply wasn't the case, but again the decision to go a little long at the safety position means you have to go a little short somewhere else.

The Cowboys must want Wilcox around mainly for , because he has yet to develop as a reliable safety. He may however be on a short leash if the Cowboys decided to add another player and need a roster spot.

My solution: Keep Wilcox for now, but if depth is needed at a different position (), then cut #27 and use his vacated roster spot.

Defensive end depth or lack thereof

Cowboys Headlines - Questioning The Dallas Cowboys Final 53 Man Roster 2Probably the biggest surprise when the Dallas Cowboys announced their 53 man roster was the lack of depth at the defensive end position.

I'm sure all eyes will be on who the bookends are on the when they square off against the New York Giants Week 1. Nobody really knows who is going to start it DE or the Cowboys.

David Irving has shown a little promise in the preseason and it looks as if will be in that DE rotation somewhere. Then you have the unknown in . He played a little bit against the Seahawks, but not really enough to gauge the type of player he is.

I almost completely forgot about . That's because he has been sidelined with a back that we have just found out was more serious than believed. Supposedly he has a small fracture that he's lived with for a while now.

Who knows when or if he will be available?

It's no secret that the Cowboys need depth at DE. That's why it was a little surprising they didn't bring in anybody through waivers.

My solution: If you been paying attention, I freed up two, possibly three roster spots by releasing , Keith Smith, and possibly JJ Wilcox.

I would use those three roster spots to bring in some defensive end depth by poaching Tyrone Holmes from the and sign veteran . That would give the Cowboys a young developmental player in Holmes and a veteran DE in Davis.

I know that would personally make me feel a lot better about the depth at defensive end.

Do you agree or disagree?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions on this topic.

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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Ethan Chazin

Supposedly Wilcox is a ST player and Bisaccia may have lobbied to keep him. the 2 FBs serve other roles as ST players, pitch in LB and possible pass catching RB? I am not sold on this flawed logic, and it now confirms my worst assumptions of this ownership and coaching staff. They don’t get it after 20 years of failure. No wonder Bill Parcells walked away.

Bryson T

Well, to be fair, Bill Parcells hasn’t coached since. But yeah, I generally agree.

Dru

Def agree. For some reason always wanted to hold onto Wilcox..I’m over that now. Put swaim in the h back role until Hanna returns. I think Hanna has the perfect skill set and size to fit that role. Would love to add those two def ends.

Victor Dowell

Cowboys need 2 bring in a stud at DE,putting presure on the opposing team is a major concern,bite the bullet Jerry Jones bring back Greg Hardy,you can get him on the cheap.”Defense Win Champonships”,Take a page from Jimmy Johnson,as long as you can sack the quarterback,winning will my the haters silient.LoveThemCowboys.

Kevin Cochran

I agree 100% they need more help on defense very uncomfortable about this first game I also propose putting Gathers at defensive end

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