Premature 53-man roster projection


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Tony Romo

Kyle Orton

Stephen McGee

Do the Cowboys really need a third quarterback? That’s a question the front office and coaches could discuss if they have tough decisions to make at other positions.


DeMarco Murray

Felix Jones

Phillip Tanner

Jones will return to a change-of-pace/kickoff return role if he ever gets in good enough shape to practice. TCU’s Ed Wesley and North Texas’ Lance Dunbar are likely competing for a spot on the practice squad.


Lawrence Vickers

Jerry Jones is already pumping up Vickers as the Cowboys’ best lead blocker since Daryl “Moose” Johnston. He’s a proven, durable fullback who should help the Cowboys’ red-zone running attack improve after being among the league’s worst.


Jason Witten

John Phillips

James Hanna

Can Phillips fill Martellus Bennett’s (clown) shoes as an inline blocker?


Miles Austin

Dez Bryant

Veteran TBD

Danny Coale

Cole Beasley

Tim Benford

They tried to claim Dezmon Briscoe, and that probably won’t be the last wide receiver the Cowboys attempt to pick up off the waiver wire before the season starts. Haven’t we seen enough of Kevin Ogletree already? And how does Andre Holmes flunk the conditioning test when he has such a golden opportunity?


Tyron Smith

Doug Free

Nate Livings

Mackenzy Bernadeau

Phil Costa

Bill Nagy

David Arkin

Jermey Parnell

Pat McQuistan

Ronald Leary

It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Kevin Kowalski beats out Costa for a starting job. However, it’s hard to project that while Kowalski continues to watch while recovering from an ankle injury that sidelined him the whole offseason. At the moment, he’s the odd man out in a three-way battle with Costa and Nagy.


Jay Ratliff

Jason Hatcher

Sean Lissemore

Kenyon Coleman

Tyrone Crawford

Josh Brent

If Lissemore continues to progress after being productive in a limited role, the Cowboys will probably shed the seven-figure salary of Coleman or Marcus Spears. Spears is more expensive and was less effective last season.


Sean Lee

Dan Connor

Bruce Carter

Alex Albright

Albright, who made the team as an outside linebacker last season, is getting a lot of work inside. That versatility is a major plus for a fringe roster player.


DeMarcus Ware

Anthony Spencer

Victor Butler

Kyle Wilber

Adrian Hamilton

If Albright can provide depth inside, it could open up a spot for Hamilton, who is extremely intriguing as a developmental pass-rushing project.


Brandon Carr

Morris Claiborne

Mike Jenkins

Orlando Scandrick

Lionel Smith

Smith has an edge over the other cornerbacks fighting for a roster spot because he can play the slot. Scandrick is set to be the most expensive fourth cornerback in NFL history.


Gerald Sensabaugh

Barry Church

Matt Johnson

Danny McCray

Brodney Pool’s first step in his fight for the starting strong safety job was to flunk the conditioning test. If he isn’t starting, there shouldn’t be any room for him on the roster.


Dan Bailey

Chris Jones

L.P. Ladouceur

Based on one day of practice, the Cowboys made a big mistake by letting Mat McBriar go to the Eagles.