Posted: 10:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013
By Tom Ryle
It's all over but the visits from the Turk. The pre-season is officially done for the Dallas Cowboys, and now they have to figure out who goes and who gets the Star. Joey Ickes and I take one last shot at predicting things. See how much we changed since last time by going here.
Starters in bold.
|Tom Ryle||Joey Ickes|
|2 Quarterbacks 2|
After his performance against Houston, there really isn't much reason to fear Alex Tanney getting plucked, so he solidified his place on the PS.
After Tanney failed to show much against Houston, you really have to be willing to let him hit the waiver wire.
|4 Running Backs 4|
|Murray||Lance Dunbar will be the number two back, and may see a lot of work on passing downs.||Murray||This has been pretty solid since early in training camp, no changes here.|
|6 Wide Receivers 5|
|Bryant||Anthony Armstrong makes the team for depth. There is just too big a drop off between him and the PS eligible receivers, and you know someone will miss some games.||Bryant||I don't think you can keep 6 here. Armstrong didn't go out and make plays against Houston, so they'll only keep 5.|
|4 Tight Ends 4|
|Witten||So what if the whole 12 package was just a smokescreen, and the team is going to run 11 personnel 90% of the time? Just sayin'.||Witten|
Still the same as it was at mini-camp.
|3 Offensive Tackles 4|
|Smith||The whole Doug Free to guard is likely to mess this up. Will Demetress Bell wind up on the roster? (shudder)||Smith||I'm putting Bell in the mix here. If they really think Free can be an option at guard (I don't) then they'll need a swing guy.|
|6 Guards/Centers 5|
|Frederick||I am planning on Nate Livings to go IR. But this mess with Free at guard is really confusing.||Frederick||With the team considering Free an option at guard, they can carry one fewer here, and one heavier at tackle. Kowalski is the victim here, although Costa didn't exactly wow me vs Houston.|
|9 Defensive Linemen 9|
|Ware||Jay Ratliff is out for at least six weeks on PUP. I think Sean Lissemore is not going to make the team due to not fitting the 4-3.||Ware||DE: I just don't think this front office is married to Selvie, so by Sunday night I think they will have picked up someone probably from Seattle, Detroit or Cincinnati. |
DT: With Ratliff on PUP Hayden and Hatcher become the starters, and Lance Cohen gets a spot on the squad. I don't think they're married to Lissemore but I think he'll end up on the squad.
|6 Linebackers 7|
|Lee||Caleb McSurdy got exposed in the Texans game. Basically he elevated Brandon Magee to the 53.||Lee||McSurdy played his way off my roster vs Houston, just a step slow all night. The starters could be the best unit on the team.|
|5 Cornerbacks 5|
|Carr||Sterling Moore is reported to be getting a real challenge from Micah Pellerin. Pellerin is PS eligible, so I think the team tries to hide him there.||Carr||I think Pellerin had a shot to make the team if he played outstanding vs Houston, but I didn't notice him much.|
|5 Safeties 5|
|Church||Jeff Heath flat played his way onto the roster. Matt Johson sat his way into the team trying to sneak him onto the PS.||Church||In my (slightly biased) opinion, I think Heath can be as good as McCray on STs with more upside at the safety spot. I don't think the Cowboys will be ok with cutting Johnson, and seeing him start somewhere else by mid year. Their worst nightmare would be him picking off Romo in week 9 in a Giants uniform.|
|3 Specialists 3|
|Bailey||Don't mess with success, even if special teams are a hot mess otherwise.||Bailey||No questions here... If it ain't broke, don't fix it.|
|8 Practice Squad 8|
|Tanney||Matt Johnson and Danny Coale are basically on the PS to get healthy without having to IR them, in the hope of having them available in a couple of weeks. But the team could go IR with both, depending on how their injuries are doing.||Tanney||This is subject to change based on who comes up available off waivers.|
That's our best guesses. We'll know the real answers soon.