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August 30, 2022
FRISCO — After a series of tough decisions, the Cowboys have a roster of 53 men.
It will change in the coming days. Depth on offensive tackle could be added soon. Quarterback Cooper Rush, cornerback CJ Goodwin, kicker Brett Maher and long snapper Jake McQuaide were not included in this initial draft, but are expected to be re-signed in some way.
This re-enrollment does not necessarily have to be on the list. Maher, for example, is expected to join the exhibition squad and be raised on Sept. 10 for the Cowboys’ Sept. 11 season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Wide receiver James Washington (foot) and left tackle Tyron Smith (hamstring) are placed on injured reserve this week.
Without further ado, here’s the first 53. Wide receiver KaVontae Turpin, wide receiver Dennis Houston, tight end Peyton Hendershot and safety Markquese Bell are unwritten players who made their first NFL roster. In total, the group consists of 24 players in the attack, 28 in the defense and one specialist.
The league for backup quarterback ended where it began: Rush is the No. 2, Will Grier the No. 3. If the Cowboys chose Grier over Rush, they wouldn’t have just exposed Grier to the NFL waiver system like they did Tuesday when cut him. Rush avoids waivers because he has accumulated at least four seasons of competition experience. See if he gets back to the 53 soon, but the team will also closely evaluate the quarterbacks around the NFL who simply because they are available. Last year it was Grier.
run back (3)
Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard, Rico Dowdle
Malik Davis, an uneducated rookie from Florida, made a valiant effort here. But the Cowboys always preferred Dowdle, whose experience with special teams is a separator. Dallas can start assembling its practice squad on Wednesday. Davis will be priority addition if no team claims him on waivers.
Wide receiver (8)
CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, Noah Brown, Jalen Tolbert, James Washington, Dennis Houston, Simi Fehoko, KaVontae Turpin
Gallup avoids starting the season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list, which would have prevented him from practicing or playing for the first four weeks. Lamb and Brown are expected to lead the position group in offensive opportunities against the Buccaneers.
Tight end (3)
Dalton Schultz, Jake Ferguson, Peyton Hendershot
The Cowboys deserve some credit here for rebuilding the depth at this position. Ferguson and Hendershot are casting young Schultz and Blake Jarwin vibes, complementing each other on the pitch and growing close. Sean McKeon (knee) is a candidate for the practice squad.
Offensive line (9)
Tyler Smith, Connor McGovern, Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin, Terence Steele, Tyron Smith, Matt Farniok, Josh Ball, Matt Waletzko
There is a plan to add depth to the tackle. Whether it’s ex-New England Patriots swing tackle Marcus Cannon or anyone else, it’s time to reveal it.
Defense Line (11)
DeMarcus Lawrence, Neville Gallimore, Osa Odighizuwa, Dorance Armstrong, Dante Fowler Jr., Chauncey Golston, Sam Williams, Quinton Bohanna, Trysten Hill, Tarell Basham, John Ridgeway
The Cowboys chose to go heavy and carry 11. Keeping that number all season long is not feasible, but neither is health. The team is better equipped with a position group that was hit particularly hard by injury in 2021. Credit Hill and Basham for a strong training camp that deserved endurance.
Micah Parsons, Leighton Vander Esch, Anthony Barr, Jabril Cox, Luke Gifford, Devin Harper
A well-balanced group between different skills, youth and experience, defense and special teams
This probably required little consultation, but Joseph needs to show the Cowboys more. Bland, a rookie in the fifth round, was the better cornerback. Wright has grown tremendously since last season and has been given the opportunity to develop further.
Jayron Kearse, Malik Hooker, Donovan Wilson, Markquese Bell, Israel Mukuamu
If Tyler Coyle clears the waivers on Wednesday and joins the Cowboys practice team, the folks at the Ford Center at The Star can celebrate, if not collapse from shock. Coyle should arouse ample interest from safety-needed teams, where his skills as a corner kicker and contributor to special teams are not lost in a crowd. The Cowboys were just too deep here.
The Pro Bowler can be lonely in practice on Wednesday without a long snap to catch, a kicker for whom to hold, or an elite archer to chase after his punts. But Maher, McQuaide and Goodwin should soon be keeping him company.
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