Here are educated guesses on the 53 players who will be on the roster after the dust settles in early September, including one who isn't currently Cowboys' property:
The Cowboys have confidence in Romo and Kitna and curiosity about McGee.
Jerry Jones and the coaching staff bent over backwards to praise Barber this offseason, but it’d still be surprising if Felix Jones doesn’t emerge as the lead back.
FULLBACK (1): Deon Anderson
Nothing we saw this offseason suggests that the Cowboys plan to scrap a traditional fullback in favor of a fourth tight end.
I can’t see the Cowboys keeping both Patrick Crayton ($2 million salary) and Hurd ($1.7 million). If the top three receivers stay healthy and Ogletree progresses, Crayton is expendable. Hurd might be the team’s best special teams player.
If Bennett plays to his potential, the Cowboys will have the league’s top tight end tandem.
Pat McQuistan, a four-year veteran, is likely the odd man out if the Cowboys don’t decide to keep a 10th offensive lineman. Bright earns a promotion from the practice squad.
Just a hunch that the Cowboys end up going heavy at end, where three players are on one-year tenders. The coaches believe seventh-rounder Lissemore can also play nose tackle, but he’s focusing on end for now.
After reviewing all the game film after the season, Wade Phillips felt better about Siavii, a big body who performed pretty well when giving the All-Pro Ratliff a breather.
There isn’t a better duo than Ware and Spencer. The Cowboys hope at least one of the second-year players can contribute in a limited role to give the stars some rest.
Phillips is a big fan of Hodge, a potential special teams stud who has excellent instincts in pass coverage. The hope is that Hodge, who is recovering from microfracture knee surgery, will be healthy at the beginning of training camp.
The Cowboys want Buehler to handle all the aspects of the kicking job, and Jerry Jones swears he likes what he sees from the strong-legged one. Sorry, I’m skeptical, expecting the Cowboys to sign a veteran kicker (Matt Stover?) in early September.