Predicting the Dallas Cowboys’ Final 53-man Roster

Dallas Cowboys 2014 Season: Predicting the Final 53-Man Roster

Dallas Cowboys 2014 Season: Predicting the Final 53-Man Roster
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As roster cuts approach, the Dallas Cowboys have some hard decisions to make.

Will they keep four running backs? How many offensive and defensive linemen will they keep? Is there enough room to carry some of the guys that have shined during the preseason?

Let’s take a look at what the Cowboys final 53-man roster might look like come Week 1 of the 2014 NFL Season.

Quarterbacks (2)

Dallas Cowboys 2014 Season: Predicting the Final 53-Man Roster
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Quarterbacks (2)

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QB1: Tony Romo
QB2: Brandon Weeden

Quarterbacks (2)

Dallas Cowboys 2014 Season: Predicting the Final 53-Man Roster
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As they have in previous years, the Cowboys will carry only two quarterbacks in 2014. Tony Romo is the obvious No.1 and Brandon Weeden will be the No. 2.

Running Backs (4)

Dallas Cowboys 2014 Season: Predicting the Final 53-Man Roster
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Running Backs (4)

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RB1: DeMarco Murray
RB2: Lance Dunbar
RB3: Ryan Williams
RB4: Joseph Randle

Running Backs (4)

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DeMarco Murray is the obvious No.1 running back for the Cowboys. The fun starts when trying to figure out who the backups will be. I think that Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams have done enough to warrant a spot on the team. I don’t see them carrying a fullback.

Wide Receivers (6)

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Wide Receivers (6)

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WR1: Dez Bryant
WR2: Terrance Williams
WR3: Devin Street
WR4: Cole Beasley
WR5: Dwayne Harris
WR6: LaRon Byrd

Wide Receivers (6)

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I think that LaRon Byrd has shown he can be a contributor on this team. I think he makes it past the final cuts.

Tight End (3)

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Tight End (3)

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TE1: Jason Witten
TE2: Gavin Escobar
TE3: James Hanna

Tight End (3)

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No surprises among the tight ends. They are basically the same players from 2013.

Offensive Line (8)

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Offensive Line (8)

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LT: Tyron Smith
LG: Ronald Leary
C: Travis Frederick
RG: Zack Martin
RT: Doug Free
OT: Jermey Parnell
OG/C: Mackenzy Bernadeau
OG: Uche Nwaneri

Offensive Line (8)

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Not much change along the offensive line with the exception of Zack Martin starting at right guard, the group pretty much remains the same from 2013.

Defensive Line (10)

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Defensive Line (10)

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SDE1: George Selvie WDE1: Jeremy Mincey
SDE2: Tyrone Crawford WDE2: DeMarcus Lawrence

3-Tech DT1: Henry Melton 1-Tech DT1: Terrell McClain
3-Tech DT2: Davon Coleman 1-Tech DT2: Josh Brent
3-Tech DT3: Zach Minter 1-Tech DT2: Ken Bishop

Defensive Line (10)

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The biggest surprises along the defensive front will be Josh Brent’s reinstatement by the NFL, and newcomer Zach Minter making it past the finals cuts.

Linebackers (7)

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Linebackers (7)

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WLB1: Bruce Carter
WLB2: William Smith

MLB1: Rolando McClain
MLB2: Justin Durant
MLB3: Anthony Hitchens

SLB1: Kyle Wilber
SLB2: Cameron Lawrence

Linebackers (7)

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With DeVonte Holloman out of the picture due to a career-ending injury, the door has been left wide open for guys like William Smith and Cameron Lawrence to make the team. Both guys have looked good during the preseason.

Cornerbacks (6)

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Cornerbacks (6)

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LCB1: Brandon Carr
LCB2: Sterling Moore
LCB3: Terrance Mitchell

RCB1: Orlando Scandrick
RCB2: Morris Claiborne
RCB3: Tyler Patmon

Cornerbacks (6)

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I think that Tyler Patmon earned his roster spot after forcing three turnovers in Week 3 of the preseason. I think they keep Terrance Mitchell for fear of not being able to place on the practice squad.

Safeties (4)

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Safeties (4)

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FS1: Barry Church
FS2: Jakar Hamilton

SS1: J.J. Wilcox
SS2: Ahmad Dixon

Safeties (4)

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I don’t see Matt Johnson or Jeff Heath making the team in 2014.

Specialists (3)

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Specialists (3)

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K1: Dan Bailey
P1: Chris Jones
LS1: L.P. Ladouceur

Specialists (3)

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Chris Jones was challenged, and has prevailed. I initially thought he wasn’t going to make the team, but after his Week 3 performance, I think it’s his spot to lose going forward.

Jesus Flores is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SSgtFlo1 or add him to your network on Google


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