Vol. III: 53-man roster projection

August, 5, 2013
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The post-Hall of Fame Game outlook, with players who weren’t on last week’s projection marked by an asterisk:

QUARTERBACKS (2)
Tony Romo
Kyle Orton
One of the young quarterbacks would have to have a phenomenal preseason to get the Cowboys to even consider using a third roster spot at this position. Nick Stephens and Alex Tanney were just OK in the Hall of Fame Game.

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RUNNING BACKS (4)
DeMarco Murray
Lance Dunbar
Phillip Tanner
Joseph Randle
The Cowboys should feel good about their depth here. Randle, the fifth-round pick, can’t climb up the depth chart despite performing well.

TIGHT ENDS (5)
Jason Witten
Gavin Escobar
James Hanna
Dante Rosario
*Andre Smith
Smith, the best blocker of the bunch by far, can help more than a 10th offensive lineman. Essentially, he would be the 10th offensive lineman.

WIDE RECEIVERS (5)
Dez Bryant
Miles Austin
Terrance Williams
Dwayne Harris
Cole Beasley
One veteran said he believed Williams would be the best third receiver of the Romo era. That’s high praise, considering Laurent Robinson’s production during his lone Dallas season.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)
Tyron Smith
Ronald Leary
Travis Frederick
Mackenzy Bernadeau
Doug Free
Jermey Parnell
Phil Costa
Nate Livings
David Arkin
Why not keep a fourth tackle? None of the candidates have looked NFL-caliber in camp. Why not cut Livings if Leary takes his starting job? It would cost the Cowboys cap space.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)
DeMarcus Ware
Jay Ratliff
Jason Hatcher
Anthony Spencer
Sean Lissemore
Kyle Wilber
Ben Bass
Nick Hayden
*George Selvie
Selvie, who was signed after injuries sidelined Spencer and Tyrone Crawford, is clearly better than a camp body. He dominated the Hall of Fame Game after consistently making plays during practices in Oxnard.

LINEBACKERS (6)
Bruce Carter
Sean Lee
Justin Durant
Alex Albright
DeVonte Holloman
Brandon Magee
It’d be nice to keep versatile veteran Ernie Sims, who has had a good camp. It’s a matter of where that roster spot would come from. Don’t keep a fifth tight end? A fifth safety?

CORNERBACKS (5)
Brandon Carr
Morris Claiborne
Orlando Scandrick
B.W. Webb
Sterling Moore
These spots seem pretty locked in at this point. Moore has actually been more impressive in camp than fourth-round pick Webb.

SAFETIES (5)
Barry Church
Will Allen
Matt Johnson
J.J. Wilcox
Danny McCray
McCray is really just a special teams player, but he’s a good one, probably the best on the roster. Jakar Hamilton hasn’t done nearly enough to push McCray off the roster.

SPECIALISTS (3)
Dan Bailey
Chris Jones
L.P. Ladouceur
No real competition for these roles.

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