The focus during Thursday night's preseason finale will probably be on the series or two that the starters end up playing. But a handful of roster spots are still up for grabs.
After the NFL's longest training camp and four preseason games, here's the way we see the 53-man roster shaping up:
If Stephen McGee stinks it up Thursday night, he could get cut. But the Cowboys don’t want to give up on a second-year quarterback with arm strength, athletic ability, intelligence and character.
When will Choice cut into Barber’s playing time? Judging by preseason results, it should be soon.
Gronkowski is more versatile than any of the third tight end candidates. Anderson is a better special teams player.
They might opt to keep Martin Rucker instead of a second fullback. But does this team really need a finesse tight end?
If I’m making the decisions, Sam Hurd stays as the sixth receiver and special teams demon. But the front office will factor in finances, and $1.8 million is a lot to pay a receiver who won’t crack the rotation.
Young doesn’t need to sweat as he starts his rehab after spraining his knee Saturday night. He’s done enough to earn a roster spot.
NOSE TACKLES (2): Jay Ratliff, Josh Brent
Jerry Jones insists the Cowboys could keep both backup nose tackles, but that doesn’t make much sense given that Ratliff rarely leaves the field. Brent’s potential bumps Junior Siavii off the roster.
Hatcher didn’t do anything this preseason to claim Spears’ starting job. Spears expects to return to practice this week and be ready to roll against the Redskins.
If Hurd goes, it opens up a spot for Octavien, another of special teams coach Joe DeCamillis’ favorites.
The biggest question is who will replace Bobby Carpenter in the nickel. It was supposed to be Lee, but he’s still playing catch-up after missing two games with a strained quad. Williams makes too many mistakes. Can the Cowboys count on Brooking to play almost every down?
Bryan McCann would be a tough cut, but the Cowboys can afford to go light on corners due to the position flexibility of a couple of the safeties.
It’d be a heck of a lot easier to evaluate Buehler if he actually got to kick a field goal in the final preseason game. He’s gone two weeks without an attempt.