2010 Cowboys 53-man Roster

With the cuts announced today, the Cowboys have trimmed their roster to 53 players.

Probably the most surprising move was the release of Cletis Gordon, who'd been widely viewed as a lock for the 4th corner spot. Instead, the Cowboys chose to go with six safeties, and will likely use Owusu-Ansah a lot in the nickel spot - as a backup to Orlando Scandrick.

Four undrafted free agents made the 53-man roster: C/G Phil Costa, Safeties Barry Church and Danny McCray and FB Chris Gronkowski. CB Jamar Wall is the only draft pick not to make the team.

The Cowboys still have to fill up their practice squad, but will have to wait 24 hours for their players to clear the waiver wire before they can sign eight players to the practice squad.

After the break, a glimpse of the 53-man roster as it stands tonight.

Quarterbacks (3)

Tony Romo, Jon Kitna, Stephen McGee

No surprises here, even less after a good showing by McGee in the final preseason game.

Running Backs (3)

Felix Jones, Marion Barber, Tashard Choice

This is a no-brainer. The Cowboys have one of the best backfields in the NFL and the three backs complement each other.

Fullbacks (2)

Deon Anderson, Chris Gronkowski

'Ski will likely play more of an H-back role, but given John Phillips' injury, a roster spot for him was a foregone conclusion.

Tight Ends (2)

Jason Witten, Martellus Bennett

None of the other candidates stood out.

Wide Receivers (5)

Miles Austin, Roy Williams, Dez BryantKevin Ogletree, Sam Hurd

Crayton is off to San Diego, and Hurd came awfully close to being let go - and his being asked to take a pay cut is not the best of signs.

Offensive Linemen (10)

Doug Free, Kyle Kosier, Andre Gurode, Leonard Davis, Mark Colombo, Montrae Holland, Alex Barron, Robert Brewster, Phil Costa, Sam Young.

Injury and depth concerns prompted the Cowboys to go with 10 players here.

Defensive Linemen (5)

Marcus Spears, Jason Hatcher, Igor Olshansky, Stephen Bowen, Sean Lissemore

Hatcher and Bowen both had good preseasons, but have yet to unseat Spears. A strong showing by Lissemore gets him a spot, which must count as a minor surprise.

Nose Tackles (2)

Jay Ratliff, Josh Brent

Brent edges out Siavii in a minor suprise - after all, Siavii got most of the second team reps in camp.

Inside Linebackers (5)

Keith Brooking, Bradie James, Jason Williams, Sean Lee, Leon Williams

Leon Williams has shown a knack for making great plays and seemed to be around the ball a lot. Jason Williams is still a project but one the Cowboys have invested in and he's showing improvement game by game. And Sean Lee will soon be literally and figuratively blowing people away.

Outside Linebackers (4)

DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, Brandon Williams, Victor Butler

If it weren't for Ware and Spencer, Victor Butler and Brandon Williams would likely see a lot of playing time this year. As it is, this is one position where the Cowboys are so stacked it's almost ridiculous.

Cornerbacks (3)

Mike Jenkins, Terence Newman, Orlando Scandrick

Clearly the most surprising cut, Cletis Gordon did not make the team, and going with only three corners has drawn the ire of the Cowboys faithful. But AOA, although a safety by title, has been manning the nickel corner spot a lot lately.

Safety (6)

Alan Ball, Gerald Sensabaugh, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Mike Hamlin, Barry Church, Danny McCray

Danny McCray and Barry Church were true standouts in camp and proved to be just too good to keep off the roster.

Specialists (3)

David Buehler, Mat McBriar, L.P. Ladouceur

Ladies and gentlemen, the Dallas Cowboys have got themselves a kicker.

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