Vol. IV: 53-man roster projection

August, 21, 2012
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The fourth weekly attempt to predict the Cowboys' 53-man roster:

QUARTERBACKS (2)
Tony Romo
Kyle Orton
It makes no sense to keep Stephen McGee. Rudy Carpenter has looked better and has practice squad eligibility.

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RUNNING BACKS (3)
DeMarco Murray
Felix Jones
Phillip Tanner
Jones’ job should be in jeopardy. Five-time Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode got axed in the cut to 53 last year after reporting to camp in poor shape. Why should Jones be exempt? The problem is that would leave the Cowboys with virtually no experience behind DeMarco Murray, whose durability issues have been well chronicled. Jamize Olawale, the former North Texas reserve receiver-turned-fullback who has performed well after an emergency move to tailback, is pushing for a roster spot.

FULLBACKS (1)
Lawrence Vickers
Only question at this position is how many snaps Vickers will get per game.

TIGHT ENDS (3)
Jason Witten
John Phillips
James Hanna
Hanna has been a pleasant surprise. The Cowboys might have gotten a sixth-round steal with the speedy ex-Sooner, whose blocking has been better than anticipated.

WIDE RECEIVERS (6)
Miles Austin
Dez Bryant
Kevin Ogletree
Dwayne Harris
Andre Holmes
Cole Beasley
Ogletree, the only reserve receiver with an NFL catch on his résumé, has a firm grasp on the No. 3 role after his excellent performance Saturday night. The other two or three roster spots are very much up for grabs. Don’t think being a fifth-round pick guarantees a roster spot for Danny Coale, who has hardly practiced due to injuries. The Cowboys cut fifth-round cornerback Josh Thomas last summer.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (10)
Tyron Smith
Doug Free
Nate Livings
Mackenzy Bernadeau
Phil Costa
David Arkin
Jermey Parnell
Ronald Leary
Derrick Dockery
Pat McQuistan
When will the Cowboys start worrying about Phil Costa’s back? He was the weakest link on the line last season, so it’s not as if he doesn’t need the practice reps and preseason. There just aren’t any better center options available.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (7)
Jay Ratliff
Jason Hatcher
Sean Lissemore
Marcus Spears
Tyrone Crawford
Josh Brent
Clifton Geathers
Can the Cowboys get anything on the trade market for Spears or Kenyon Coleman? Count on them trying to find out.

INSIDE LINEBACKERS (4)
Sean Lee
Bruce Carter
Dan Connor
Orie Lemon
Seventh-round pick Caleb McSurdy’s torn Achilles' tendon might have earned him some money. He was unlikely to make the team, but he’s now probably headed for injured reserve.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (5)
DeMarcus Ware
Anthony Spencer
Victor Butler
Kyle Wilber
Alex Albright
Does Wilber’s thumb injury and Albright’s position flexibility create room on the roster for undrafted pass-rusher Adrian Hamilton?

CORNERBACKS (5)
Brandon Carr
Morris Claiborne
Mike Jenkins
Orlando Scandrick
Mario Butler
If Jenkins starts the season on the physically unable to perform list, the Cowboys might need to look hard at the waiver wire for some cornerback help.

SAFETIES (4)
Gerald Sensabaugh
Barry Church
Danny McCray
Matt Johnson
Not a good sign for Mana Silva that Johnson jumped in with the second-team defense after returning to practice Monday.

SPECIALISTS (3)
Dan Bailey
Chris Jones
Charley Hughlett
If the Cowboys pinched pennies on a punter, why not on a long snapper?

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