Calvin Watkins' Cowboys roster projections


Tomorrow the Cowboys finalize their roster.

Tim MacMahon has given you his roster projection. Here's what I think the 53-man roster will look like.


Tony Romo

Kyle Orton

It's time for Stephen McGee to find another team. If the Cowboys weren't so deep at other positions, I would go with Rudy Carpenter and not McGee.


DeMarco Murray

Felix Jones

Phillip Tanner

Jones hasn't been impressive in the preseason but his roster spot is secure. Lance Dunbar made a late push. Jamize Olawale played well at times. Both could head to practice squad.


Lawrence Vickers

There's talk about keeping Shaun Chapas on the 53-man roster for special teams purposes, especially in Week 1 if Jason Witten is out, to curtail the number of snaps for John Phillips. Chapas has improved as a blocker but he misses the cut.


Jason Witten

John Phillips

James Hanna

Hanna was pretty good in the preseason and is more than a capable backup if Witten doesn't play Wednesday. Phillips looks pretty good and his snap counts will increase if Witten doesn't play.


Miles Austin

Dez Bryant

Kevin Ogletree

Dwayne Harris

Cole Beasley

Danny Coale

A tough decision. Andre Holmes is a talented player with upside but he's too inconsistent. I don't believe the Cowboys can get Coale, a fifth-round pick, through waivers. So the team keeps him. Tim Benford showed some signs he can play. Yet, Benford is inconsistent.


Tyron Smith

Doug Free

Nate Livings

Mackenzy Bernadeau

Phil Costa

David Arkin

Jermey Parnell

Derrick Dockery

Ronald Leary was inconsistent, however, the Cowboys like his potential so he'll stay around on the practice squad. If he gets better, he'll move up. Daniel Loper and Dockery are two linemen signed during training camp. Loper's health is an issue. Dockery is healthy. He makes it.


Jay Ratliff

Jason Hatcher

Kenyon Coleman

Sean Lissemore

Marcus Spears

Tyrone Crawford

Josh Brent

Ben Bass

Clifton Geathers' inconsistent play baffles the team. If Ratliff is out, expect Lissemore and Brent to share the snaps at nose tackle. Bass, a rookie from Texas A&M, played well this summer. If the Cowboys want to go heavy at this spot, Bass makes the team over Geathers.


Sean Lee

Bruce Carter

Dan Connor

Orie Lemon

Lemon's play Wednesday sealed the deal for a roster spot. He's played pretty well the entire preseason. There are some concerns about his special teams work, but he can get better there. Connor struggled in pass coverage and that's an issue moving forward.


DeMarcus Ware

Anthony Spencer

Victor Butler

Kyle Wilber

Alex Albright

The Cowboys liked what they saw in Wilber, but his hand injury reduced his playing and practice time. Wilber should return to practice in limited form Saturday. Albright played well during the preseason and looked good when he had to blitz. Hamilton, meanwhile, didn't do enough to make the 53. Practice squad is what's best for now.


Brandon Carr

Morris Claiborne

Orlando Scandrick

Mike Jenkins

Mario Butler

Teddy Williams and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah didn't make the cut. Just too inconsistent. Butler was a pleasant surprise. Lionel Smith is probably worth bringing back to the practice squad.


Gerald Sensabaugh

Barry Church

Danny McCray

Matt Johnson

Mana Silva

The new problem at this position is McCray. He suffered a stinger in the third preseason game and whether he'll be ready for the Giants is a question. Also, Johnson was a ghost this preseason with his hamstring injuries. The Cowboys could place him on injured reserve or cut him and try to bring him back to the practice squad. You don't want to miss out on his playmaking ability. I think he makes it.


Dan Bailey

Chris Jones

L.P. Ladouceur

Ladouceur was challenged slightly in training camp. No biggie, he did his thing. It's worth watching Jones with Mat McBriar on the market. But Jones' other duties keep him on the roster. He's the holder and McBriar doesn't like doing that.