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Saturday, September 7, 2013
Pondering the 46: Last spot a WR or TE?

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Sometimes coaches struggle in putting together their 46-man roster on game day. Sometimes the decisions are rather easy because of injuries.

When Jason Garrett finalizes his roster for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, he will have a little of both.

Running back Lance Dunbar (foot) and safety Danny McCray (hamstring) are out. It looks like defensive end Anthony Spencer will not play with his recovery from knee surgery taking longer than he had hoped.

The Cowboys like to dress only seven offensive linemen, so Brian Waters, who was signed on Tuesday, David Arkin and Darrion Weems would look like the choices there.
Where does the final spot come from?

The Cowboys need all the defensive line help they can get and coach Jason Garrett said all available players will be dressed, so that puts puts all the backups, Landon Cohen, Edgar Jones, Kyle Wilber, Caesar Rayford and Jerome Long, on the 46-man roster.

The Cowboys need their three running backs active with Dunbar’s injury. They need all of their safeties with McCray out. They need all their cornerbacks. They need all of their linebackers, too.

To me it comes down to tight end and wide receiver and the choices are Andre Smith and Cole Beasley. Smith can give more help as a blocker than the other backup tight ends. Beasley can be valuable as a slot receiver.

The edge might go to Smith just because he can help some on special teams.