As the Cowboys preseason comes to the end tonight at Cowboys Stadium. The time has come for the Cowboys coaching staff to make some hard decisions on who to keep and let go. August 31st is the deadline for all NFL teams to cut their roster down to 53 players.
Here is my predictions on who will make the Cowboys 53 man roster.
QUARTERBACKS (2) Tony Romo and Kyle Orton. Garrett wants to carry a 3rd quarterback on the roster because he values the position so much but Jerry has openly stated that he doesn’t see the team carrying more than two.
RUNNING BACKS (3) DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones, and Phillip Tanner.
FULLBACKS (1) Lawrence Vickers
TIGHT ENDS (4) Jason Witten, John Phillips, Andrew Szczerba, and James Hanna. With Witten status for the season opener still up in the air I think the Cowboys will keep four tight ends to start the season.
WIDE RECEIVERS (6) Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Dwayne Harris, Cole Beasley, Kevin Ogletree, and Andre Holmes. The receiver position was one of the Cowboys biggest question marks this team had besides the offensive line at the start of training camp. With emergence of this young Cowboys receiving core of Cole Beasley, Dwayne Harris, and Kevin Ogletree in the past couple of preseason games they are slowly turning doubters into believers.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9) Tyron Smith, Doug Free, Nate Livings, Mackenzy Bernadeau, Phil Costa, David Arkin, Jermey Parnell, Ronald Leary, and Pat McQuistan.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (7) Jay Ratliff, Jason Hatcher, Sean Lissemore, Marcus Spears, Tyrone Crawford, Josh Brent, and Clifton Geathers.
INSIDE LINEBACKERS (4) Sean Lee, Dan Connor, Bruce Carter, and Orie Lemon.
OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (5) DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, Victor Butler, Kyle Wilber, and Alex Albright. Hamilton has impress me every time I saw him on the field. With that being said I don’t think Hamilton will make the final player roster. Hopefully the Cowboys can sneak him through on waivers but he has too much upside for any of the other NFL teams to pass up.
CORNERBACKS (5) Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Mike Jenkins, Orlando Scandrick, and Mario Butler.
SAFETIES (4) Gerald Sensabaugh, Barry Church, Danny McCray, and Mana Silva. The injury to Matt Johnson in last weeks pre season game against the Rams pretty much sealed his fate on making this team but I believe the Cowboys will place him on IR and try to get him on the practice squad.
SPECIALISTS (3) Dan Bailey, Chris Jones, and LP Ladouceuer.