Premature 53-man roster projection
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.
RUNNING BACKS (3)
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.
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.
TIGHT ENDS (3)
Can Phillips fill Martellus Bennett’s (clown) shoes as an inline blocker?
WIDE RECEIVERS (6)
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?
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (10)
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.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (6)
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.
INSIDE LINEBACKERS (4)
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.
OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (5)
If Albright can provide depth inside, it could open up a spot for Hamilton, who is extremely intriguing as a developmental pass-rushing project.
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.
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.
Based on one day of practice, the Cowboys made a big mistake by letting Mat McBriar go to the Eagles.
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Play Podcast Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss this week's minicamp and Dez Bryant. Claiborne will join the show to discuss the latest Cowboys news all season.
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Play Podcast Cowboys wide receivers coach Derek Dooley joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to talk about Dez Bryant's talent and potential.
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Play Podcast ESPN senior NFL analyst Ed Werder joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss another busy week for the Cowboys at Valley Ranch.
Play Podcast ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss how Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and others spend lots of time with their receivers and if it matters that Tony Romo is not participating in OTAs.
Play Podcast Todd Archer joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss what he's looking for during the third session of OTAs, a potential Sean Lee contract extension and why people underestimate Miles Austin's value.