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Roy's Cowboys Post-Preseason Week Three 53-Man Roster

Roy White
August 28, 2018 - 8:23 am
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After doing my first two versions of these via my twitter feed, I decided to clean it up a bit and give some of my thought process on who was kept and why. 

Players denoted in bold are players I believe are locks to make the roster. 

Without any further ado, here it is, my official unofficial Dallas Cowboys post-preseason week three 53-man depth chart! 

OFFENSE - 24

QB - Dak Prescott, Mike White (2)

Thoughts: Neither White nor Cooper Rush have done enough to definitely earn their spot on this team, but White is the more recent draft pick so you'll probably have to protect him.  Chances are, former UDFA Cooper Rush can make it to the practice squad.

RB - Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith, Jamize Olawale, Bo Scarborough (4)

Thoughts: No surprises.  Bo gets in by a hair over Darrius Jackson, who has looked decent in limited preseason work.

WR - Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, Michael Gallup, Lance Lenoir (6)

Thoughts: We all knew the big five were going to make it, but most thought Deonte Thompson would be the sixth.  Well, all Lance Lenoir has done is make plays in practice (minus those punt returns), and Thompson has played just 10 snaps this preseason.  Admittedly, though, that final spot still seems very much up in the air.

TE - Blake Jarwin, Geoff Swaim, Dalton Schultz (3)

Thoughts: I fear that time has unfortunately run out for Rico Gathers, and it's clear the team loves Jarwin and Swaim at this spot.  Only way I could see Rico making the team is if this team carries 4 TEs, and that's hard to imagine.

OL - Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, La'el Collins, Conner Williams, Joe Looney, Travis Frederick, Cameron Fleming, Kadeem Edwards, Chaz Green (9)

Thoughts: How things change in a week.  Two weeks ago I wasn't sure if Green would make this team, and now he seems like a lynchpin in terms of depth.  I would be surprised if the Cowboys didn't try to add a player to shore up this unit.  Reminder - you must have Travis on the opening day 53-man roster before potentially moving him to designated-to-return IR.  

 

DEFENSE : 26

DE - Demarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, Taco Charlton, Dorance Armstrong, Charles Tapper (5)

Thoughts: Gregory's emergence has allowed Tyrone Crawford to move back inside, giving the Cowboys even more versatility in the event of an injury.  I'm still not 100% sold on Tapper, but we know the coaches love him, and no one else has stood out enough to earn that spot.  

DT - Tyrone Crawford, Maliek Collins, Datone Jones, Antwaun Woods, Brian Price (5)

Thoughts: Probably the biggest position of criticism I'll take from this list.  Why would they roll with 6 interior defensive linemen?  First, remember Crawford may move both inside and out, but in Rod Marinelli's scheme, he loves to rotate defensive linemen in order to keep guys as fresh as possible.  Woods has earned his spot, and Datone Jones is a veteran with 1st-round pedigree.  Price edges out Daniel Ross for the final spot.  At least until David Irving returns in week 5, I like the idea of keeping an extra one and keeping these guys fresh.

LB - Sean Lee, Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, Damien Wilson, Joe Thomas, Justin March-Lillard (6)

Thoughts: Thomas has stood out since the Cowboys were practicing back in Oxnard, and his dogged work on special teams and splash plays in the preseason have only confirmed his usefulness.  I'm not sure they'll keep 6 LBs, but if they do, Justin March-Lillard has been more than solid.  

CB - Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis, Charvarius Ward (5)

Thoughts: The final spot among the cornerbacks has been a week-to-week exercise.  Marquez White seemed to be the early favorite, then Duke Thomas took his turn, but it was Ward who played the best of the three in the team's 3rd preseason game.  Another spot I believe is still undecided.

S - Jeff Heath, Xavier Woods, Kavon Frazier, Tyree Robinson, Kam Kelly (5)

Thoughts: With the injuries the team is dealing with at the safety position, Jeff Heath is the only sure thing to be available week 1 against the Panthers.  As a result, I'm bringing two extra safeties along until I'm sure we'll have enough to bring at least three healthy ones into week 1.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS - 3

LS - LP Ladouceur

P - Chris Jones

K - Dan Bailey

So there you have it!  Feel free to share your comments, concerns or criticisms with me on twitter - @Rdubthree.