Monday, August 5, 2013
Vol. III: 53-man roster projection
By Tim MacMahon
The post-Hall of Fame Game outlook, with players who weren’t on last week’s projection marked by an asterisk:
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.
RUNNING BACKS (4)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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?
These spots seem pretty locked in at this point. Moore has actually been more impressive in camp than fourth-round pick Webb.
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.
No real competition for these roles.