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Way-too-early Dallas Cowboys 55-man Roster Prediction

The NFL's new collective bargaining agreement expanded rosters from 53 to 55, which means the Dallas Cowboys now have two extra roster spots to work with to put their team together for the . These two extra roster spots will certainly come in handy at some point, but having more to work with doesn't make it any easier as it pertains to deciding who stays and who goes.

The Dallas Cowboys are going to have a lot of tough decisions to make. New Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff are really going to have to evaluate not only the players currently under contract, but also those they could still add via in order to put the best 55-man roster together as possible.

Now, I'm not going to predict any further offseason moves that could bring in more talent, instead I'm going to take a shot at a way-too-early Dallas Cowboys 55-man roster prediction with the players currently under contract. This was no easy task and I don't envy the amount of tough decisions Mike McCarthy and his staff are going to have to make.

Let's get started…


Dak Prescott
Dallas Cowboys QB
  • Dak Prescott
  • Andy Dalton
  • Ben DiNucci (R)

Whether he plays the 2020 season on the or a freshly inked long-term deal, Dak Prescott is the unquestioned starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys upgraded the QB2 position by signing Andy Dalton to a one-year contract, which means Cooper Rush is likely out of a job shortly despite signing his $2.1 million tender. The big question here is whether or not Mike McCarthy wants to carry Ben DiNucci on the active roster or risk losing him on waivers. For now, I think he sticks.


Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard
Dallas Cowboys RBs Ezekiel Elliott and

Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard will once again be a formidable RB duo with Jamize Olawale reprising his role as the fullback. The fourth spot likely comes down to Jordan Chunn or one of the three RBs the Cowboys added after the draft: Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua from TCU, and Rico Dowdle out of South Carolina. Dowdle is the more talented of the group so I'll give him the nod for now. I'd also keep an eye on Olonilua though, he could challenge Olawale for the FB job.


Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup
Dallas Cowboys WRs Amari Cooper and
  • Amari Cooper
  • Michael Gallup
  • CeeDee Lamb (R)
  • Cedrick Wilson
  • Kendrick Rogers (R)

Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb give the Dallas Cowboys the best wide receiver trio in the entire NFL, but behind them things look pretty bleak. Cedrick Wilson is probably the best of the rest and should stick around, especially if he can stay healthy. Ventell Bryant has a good chance of making it because of his ability and undrafted free agent WR Kendrick Rogers is an intriguing prospect worth sticking around. I do however think the Cowboys will try to add some veteran help at some point to improve the depth.


Blake Jarwin
Dallas Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin

As things stand right now I think the trio of Blake Jarwin, Blake Bell, and Dalton Schultz are a good bet to remain as the Dallas Cowboys top three tight ends. The Cowboys do have Cole Hikutini, who spent last season on the , and they added undrafted free agents (Michigan) and Charlie Taumoepeau (Portland State). They however will really have to stand out to unseat one of the Top 3 to earn a roster spot.


Zack Martin
Dallas Cowboys RG Zack Martin

Tyron Smith and La'el Collins are the starting offensive tackles. Zack Martin and either Connor Williams or Connor McGovern are the starting guards. Joe Looney, Tyler Biadasz, and even McGovern will compete to take over for . Beyond that it's guesswork. Right now I have Brandon Knight as the swing tackle, although Connor Williams could serve in that capacity as well. Going a little short along the OL is a risk, especially with Tyron Smith's inability to stay healthy for a full season, but the position flex this unit has allows them to go this direction if they so choose.


DeMarcus Lawrence
Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence
  • DeMarcus Lawrence, DE
  • Dorance Armstrong, DE
  • Bradlee Anae, DE (R)
  • Randy Gregory, DE
  • Aldon Smith, DE
  • Tyrone Crawford, DL
  • Ron'Dell Carter, DE (R)
  • Gerald McCoy, DT
  • , DT
  • Neville Gallimore, DT (R)
  • Trysten Hill, DT

Projecting who stays and who goes along a defensive line is going to be really tough for the Dallas Cowboys. Right now I have them going a little deep at the position with seven DEs and four DTs. Tyrone Crawford's position flex to play both helps with depth. Randy Gregory and Aldon Smith are the wildcard. If reinstated, they both probably make the team. The biggest surprise here is probably keeping Ron'Dell Carter and parting ways with Antwaun Woods. If the Cowboys want to keep Carter around it will likely have to be on the active roster. Woods unfortunately just got caught in a numbers crunch, which unfortunately leaves Dallas a little thin at the 1-tech behind Dontari Poe.


Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch
Dallas Cowboys LBs Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch

With the exception of undrafted rookie Francis Bernard, the linebacker position for the Dallas Cowboys looks much the same as it did a season ago. Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch will be the starters with Sean Lee and Joe Thomas serving as their primary backups. Luke Gifford, Justin March, and Bernard provide good solid depth and should be key special teams contributors as well.


Jourdan Lewis, Anthony Brown
Dallas Cowboys CBs Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis

The Dallas Cowboys may have lost in free agency, but they've done a pretty good job of restocking the cupboard with talent. I could see both Trevon Diggs and Reggie Robinson competing for a starting job as rookies, but with Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis, and Maurice Canady there's no need to throw them to the wolves before they're ready.


Xavier Woods
Dallas Cowboys S
  • Xavier Woods
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
  • Donovan Wilson
  • Daryl Worley

Barring some free agent addition, Xavier Woods and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix look to be the Dallas Cowboys starting safeties right now. Donovan Wilson is probably the next line on the depth chart. After showing flashes as a rookie and with a year to develop, he could push for playing time or at the very least provide valuable depth. Here's a surprise…Daryl Worley has been a most of his career, but I think the Cowboys plan on using him as a safety.


L.P. Ladouceur
Dallas Cowboys LS L.P. Ladouceur (AP Photo/James D Smith)
  • L.P. Ladouceur, LS
  • Greg Zuerlien, K
  • Chris Jones, P

L.P. Ladouceur has been the mainstay at long snapper for well over a decade and will be so once again in 2020. Chris Jones looks to go unchallenged right now to handle the responsibilities. The only position battle I see here is between Greg Zuerlien and . Zuerlien is probably the favorite to win the job though because he was new Special Teams Coach John Fassel's with the Rams the last eight years.

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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