Which Cowboys Veterans are at Risk of Losing Their Starting Job?

    The roster looks pretty set from the outside looking in, which means there's not very many starting positions up for grabs heading into the . This of course should be good news, but that doesn't necessarily mean everyone's job is secure.

    Every season we see veterans end up getting replaced by younger/cheaper players. It's just the nature of the business and something the Dallas Cowboys, and their players, are well aware of. Even though the majority of the roster can be written in ink, there are still a few names probably written in pencil.

    With that in mind, I decided to share with you a few of the Dallas Cowboys veterans who could lose their starting job in 2018. Continue reading below to see which veteran players I believe should be looking over their shoulder the remainder of the .

    Defensive End, Tyrone Crawford

    Tyrone Crawford
    Dallas Cowboys DE (Photo by James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys)

    Don't look now, but the Dallas Cowboys suddenly have quite a bit of depth all along the and it could end up being a difference maker in 2018. Unfortunately, that also means some veteran players could lose their starting gig to some of these young up and coming prospects.

    DeMarcus Lawrence isn't in jeopardy of losing his starting job, but the other Boise State Bronco, Tyrone Crawford, should probably be looking over his shoulder. He has never quite lived up to his contract, but he has been a valuable piece along the defensive line these past several years playing both and the .

    Crawford was asked to drop weight, so it looks as if he will be playing DE this season. Unfortunately for him, there are some young guns anxiously awaiting for their shot as a starter. , , rookie , and possibly (if reinstated) could prove to be a better option opposite Lawrence. By the way, this is a good problem to have.

    Linebacker, Damien Wilson

    Damien Wilson
    Dallas Cowboys LB

    As things stand right now, it certainly looks as if Damien Wilson is on the outside looking in among the Dallas Cowboys linebackers. will without a doubt continue to be the starter on the weak side (WILL), but it's almost 100% guaranteed we will see new LBs playing in the middle (MLB) and the strong side (SAM).

    The Cowboys drafted in the first-round for a reason. Despite only really having one full season as a starter at Boise State, he is an ascending player who is expected to become the starting MLB as a rookie. That means is probably going to push Wilson out of his starting spot at SAM.

    Of course, Smith may be used in a variety of different roles this season, even as a situational pass rusher. But, that still likely pushes Wilson down the . There could of course be some kind of rotation like we've seen Rod Marinelli do with the defensive line, but that's yet to be seen.

    Safety, Jeff Heath

    Jeff Heath
    Dallas Cowboys S

    Out of all of the positions on the Dallas Cowboys roster, the position is without a doubt the thinnest. This is especially true now that is finally moving back to his more natural position, . So, it's a little difficult to imagine much changing in 2018.

    Without any new faces coming in at the safety position, except undrafted , we can probably expect Jeff Heath to once again start the season. But, there could be a wrench thrown into the machinery because of the hiring of , the Cowboys new and .

    Richard is a new set of eyes who might decide he wants something entirely different in his safeties. It's very possible Jeff Heath gets demoted and we see someone like take over the Cam Chancellor role and Xavier Woods play the role. This will be one of the more interesting position battles to watch the remainder of the offseason.

    Tight End, Geoff Swaim

    Geoff Swaim
    Dallas Cowboys TE

    I know Geoff Swaim wasn't technically a starter last year, but he is the only currently on the Dallas Cowboys roster who has any kind of significant playing time. With and out of the picture, he's expected by many to step up and become the next starter.

    Swaim may be sitting atop the TE depth chart right now, but I highly doubt his name is written ink. He only has nine receptions for 94 receiving yards in his three-year career with the Cowboys, which by no means justifies him a starting gig.

    I think the Dallas Cowboys fourth-round draft pick out of Stanford, Dalton Schultz, has a good chance of outplaying Swaim and becoming the only TE to start for the Cowboys other than Jason Witten. He definitely has some big shoes to fill, but he will probably be given every chance to prove he's up to the task.

    Which Dallas Cowboys veterans do you think might lose their starting job in 2018?

    Brian Martin
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    1. Agree with the first two depending on what we have with LVE, Covington and Lanning. Definitely Crawford…..send his ass back to Canada or Boise State. What has he ever showed to get the money he gets. Heath will stay even if it is only for ST. I think Heath has a little of Bill Bates in him. Swaim will have to compete but I think he is safe. Only TE on the roster with a catch……I think.

    2. Agree on Craw. He should be cut already. Heath stays, Swaim could easily go, but Wilson is a decent ST guy, so he sticks I think