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Dallas Cowboys: 5 Veterans Who Won’t Make the 53-Man Roster

Dallas Cowboys: 5 Veterans Who Won't Make the 53-Man Roster

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The Dallas Cowboys did a great job over the offseason addressing their needs by bringing in low-risk, high-reward types of players like Jeremy Mincey and Ryan Williams. The Cowboys also did a good job in the draft, and that will make this team extremely competitive in 2014. The Cowboys want to get younger and Dallas could make their new philosophy felt by cutting these five veterans.

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5. LaRon Byrd

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5. LaRon Byrd

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The Cowboys brought in a project receiver in LaRon Byrd, but the former Arizona Cardinal is simply not better than the options the Cowboys have and there isn't enough space for Byrd. At 6-foot-4, Byrd runs a 4.45 40-yard dash and he looks the part, but his hands and his route-running ability leave much to be desired with.

4. Chris Jones

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4. Chris Jones

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Punter Chris Jones wasn't bad last season, but Dallas' punting game could be much better going forward. The Cowboys signed Corey Mandell in the undrafted free-agent process and the Alabama product was the best punter in the SEC for the past few years. Mandell would also be a cheaper alternative than Jones, although it wouldn't be that much of a difference.

3. Justin Durant

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3. Justin Durant

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Justin Durant has been taking snaps at the middle linebacker position in Sean Lee's absence, but Durant is expensive and the Cowboys could use his money towards Tyron Smith's contract extension. To me, Anthony Hitchens and DeVonte Holloman are both better than Durant and they need to be given the chance to show what they've got.

2. Kyle Orton

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2. Kyle Orton

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Kyle Orton wants to retire and I think it's going to be hard for the veteran to change his life. To me, Orton retiring is a blessing in disguise for the Cowboys. For starters, I believe Dustin Vaughan has a lot of ability to learn and develop behind Tony Romo. Second, Orton is getting paid as the league's best backup quarterback and the Cowboys could use that money on a player that actually gets consistent playing time.

1. Anthony Spencer

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1. Anthony Spencer

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Reports came out a couple of weeks ago that Anthony Spencer might start the year on the PUP list. That would mean he would sit the first six games of the season, healthy or not. I said earlier how the Cowboys want to get younger and Spencer is getting paid too much to sit on the sidelines. Even if he does produce, Spencer will have problems adjusting to the left side. It would benefit the Cowboys to play their youngsters, instead of Spencer.