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This preseason we’ve been able to watch many players make plays and prove why they deserve a spot on the final roster. However, only 53 players are allowed to have a star on their helmet after August 31st when all cuts are due.

We’ll be going through the 90 man roster, while only highlighting the potential 53 men that will be ready to go for week 1 against the New York Giants. Most of the players are solidified, so we’ll be focusing on the depth players for the most part.


Dak Prescott and Cooper Rush
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Quarterbacks: 2

Dak Prescott is a slam dunk to be on the team, as he’s helped the Cowboys to 3 straight winning records since being drafted in 2016.

Cooper Rush has won out in a quarterback battle with Mike White heading into this preseason. After showcasing his talents over the first 3 games, its clear the he’s earned the backup spot on the team. While fans may not seem to sure about Rush, the Cowboys have made it known that he’s been the better player and will be on the team come September.

Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
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Runningbacks: 4

Ezekiel Elliott, like Prescott, is a shoe in to be on the team after leading the league in rushing 2 out of the last 3 years.

Tony Pollard is a rookie drafted in the 4th round, but he’s had a great camp. The Cowboys may also need to lean on him during the absence of Elliott. So far this preaseaon, Pollard, has made plays that suggest he can be successful in the regular season.

Alfred Morris returned to Dallas after his short time in San Francisco. A veteran player like Morris can be an enormous help to for younger players like Pollard. Alfred has also shown to still having gas left in the tank.

Jamize Olawale will be entering his 2nd season with Dallas as the team’s lone fullback. While he isn’t the flashiest player on the field, his gameplay will help the Cowboys continue to being a top 10 rushing offense.

Gallup and Cooper
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Wide Receivers: 6

Amari Cooper arrived in Dallas via trade, and it proved to being a great move by Dallas as they acquired their new “X” recevier.

Michael Gallup ended the 2018 season on a good note, and looks to continue it as he opens the year opposite of Cooper.

Randall Cobb was one of the biggest free agents landed by the Cowboys. He’ll be looking to replace Cole Beasley’s production in the slot this season.

Tavon Austin has been a player plagued with injury throughout his young career, but has impressed the coaching staff with his incredible agility. His speed along with his ability to play special teams makes him a low risk, high reward for Dallas.

Cedrick Wilson missed the 2018 season with injury, but caught the eyes of his teammates during training camp. Wilson has a big size body, to go along with breakaway speed. This makes him an ideal candidate to backup Cooper and Gallup outside of the hashmarks.

Devin Smith is a former 2nd round pick who also has had his fair share of injuries. However, during the preseason Smith has jumped off the screen as a player that can contribute from anywhere on the field. Dallas could be the place where he resurrects his career.

jason witten
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Tight-Ends: 3

Jason Witten makes his return after taking a year off to broadcast on Monday Night Football.

Blake Jarwin can still help this team strech the field from the tight-end position. Jarwin can make the tough catches this needs to be successful.

Dalton Schultz has been quiet thus far, but he has the most to gain from a player like Witten. Both aren’t the most athletic guys on the field, but have shown to not being afraid  to make the tough blocks.

Cowboys Offensive Line
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Offensive Linemen: 9

Tyron Smith when healthy is still showing the world that he is a top tier left tackle.

Connor Williams took the off-season to build his body up, and now looks to prove why he was taken as a top 50 pick in last year’s draft.

Travis Fredrick may have missed the 2018 campaign, but still remains as one of the best centers in the game.

Zack Martin is the ideal guard any team in the league would love to build their offensive line around.

La’el Collins will be entering a contract year in which he will be showcasing his talents to everyone in order to receive a big payday.

Joe Looney did an outstanding job filling in for Fredrick last year, which has earned him his spot here.

Cam Fleming has become a much-needed commodity due to the injuries of Tyron Smith. He’ll be the insurance this team needs, if anything should happen throughout the season.

Adam Redmond is having a strong camp and helps out by being able to play multiple positions on the interior line.

Connor McGovern the rookie has high expectations from the front office in Dallas. Being a 3rd round pick is a high investment that could pay off sooner rather than later.

Demarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford
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Defensive Linemen: 10

Demarcus Lawrence has been the “Tank” this team has needed. After receiving a lucrative contract, he’ll be looking to put up double-digit sacks once again.

Maliek Collins when healthy has been an issue for offenses. This season he’ll be look for a breakout year as he looks to receive a new contract this off-season.

Antwaun Woods is a disruptive player both on passing and running situations.

Taco Charlton is thought of being a “bust” heading into his 3rd season but has impressed coaches this off-season. He looks to be quicker and stronger coming into a year that could turn his career around.

Tyrone Crawford has the versatility to play anywhere on the defensive line, which makes him valuable.

Kerry Hyder wasn’t known by many when he arrived in Dallas, but after putting together some great practices and games, he’s caught the attention of the coaching staff. Hyder could be a crucial player coming off the bench with the second wave.

Dorance Armstrong looks to have become a good investment from last year’s draft class. In his second year, Armstrong has looked like a player that can disrupt quarterbacks on any given play.

Christian Covington played with the Houston Texans last year and now looks to become a force with the Cowboys. He’s had flashes that suggest him to being a good player to eat up space while crashing the pockets for opposing quarterbacks.

Robert Quinn is dealing with a hand injury while also facing a 2 game suspension. However, when healthy and on the field, Quinn is a good candidate to finish second in sacks for Dallas.

Trysten Hill has been quiet thus far, but being a second-round pick will lock up your spot on this team. His presence could go unseen this season, but still has great potential for the future.

Jaylon and Leighton
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Linebackers: 6

Jaylon Smith has now been secured for the foreseeable future as he has now signed his new contract for the next 5 years.

Leighton Vander Esch was phenomenal in his rookie year, and looks to improve now that he’s had a full off-season with the starting defense.

Sean Lee is an incredible player when healthy, but an even greater mentor to the younger linebackers. Lee will excel in his limited playing time.

Joe Thomas could make a push for Lee’s job towards the end of the season. He’s been nothing short of outstanding thus far, and will contribute on special teams as well.

Justin March-Lillard can play when called upon, but his main use will be on special teams.

Chris Covington is a veteran player that will serve as insurance.

Byron and Xavier
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Defensive backs: 10

Byron Jones will be team’s #1 corner once again as he tries to repeat the remarkable season he put together last year in which he allowed 1 touchdown over the span of 18 games.

Chidobe Awuzie will go opposite of Jones come week 1. His 3rd year in the league could prove to being his best one yet.

Anthony Brown has been talked about as the best slot corner inside the NFC East. He’s also on a contract year, which should bring out the best out of him.

Jourdan Lewis made the most of his limited snaps last year and will continue that this season.

CJ Goodwin is a nice veteran addition that also meets the requirements of coach Kris Richard. Being 6’4 is literally a huge advantage to go alongside his athleticism.

Michael Jackson has also been fairly quiet but Richard loves the potential he sees. That will be enough to land him on the final roster.

Jeff Heath, while many may not be a fan of his, the coaching staff has backed him time and time again.

Xavier Woods has flashed the potential and now looks to take the next step in becoming a top tier caliber player.

Donovan Wilson is only a rookie but was a personal favorite of Richard. He has shown his abilities as we’ve seen him rack up a pair of interceptions this preseason. He’s a player that has his arrow pointing all the way up.

Kavon Frazier has been around the team his entire career where he’s mainly made a name for himself on special teams. This season looks to be no different for him, but he’ll be a good depth player for this team.

Jones and Maher
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Special Team: 3

Chris Jones has been a solid punter for the past few seasons.

Brett Maher has been a rollercoaster but hasn’t had much competition thus far.

L.P. Ladouceur is probably the most sure-fire thing on this team as he returns for his 15th season.


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