I've said this all along - instead of trying to predict the 53, or who is going to get cut - how about we talk (since it's really pretty early in the process) about who is likely competing for a roster spot.
Kitna vs. McGee? Doubt it – I think they both stay (with McGee being the #2 in 2012), although the fact there is no more +1 on Sundays for the #3 could change the philosophy here. The problem is that we don’t have a real emergency #3 (like a Patrick Crayton) on our roster.
Gronkowski vs Chapas? Nobody is talking about this. Gronk has some versatility, but isn't a true FB. Everyone wants to give the job to Chapas because he was a draft pick, but I think we need to see how he performs in the pre-season games to make any assessment. In the Big Red Offense Chapas has to prove that he can catch the football. Don’t be surprised if … Cowboys keep both (assuming they don't keep a 4th TE like Rucker) .... but I myself would have released Gronk last year after his mental lapse that cost our starting QB the season.
Holley vs. Radway? Obviously Radway has to show something on special teams, but I think what people forget is that Holley last played college football in 2006! That means he is going on his 5th year post-college. I think it's time to give up on Mr. 4th and Long (who adds zero as a WR) and try to develop someone that shows more potential at WR like Miles Austin did.
Nagy vs. Parnell? I think Nagy's versatility will be the key here. Parnell has a little more experience, but Nagy played T, G, and C at Wisc. That means we would only keep Young as the swing OT, but remember that all three of our OT's are somewhat interchangeable.
Choice vs. Miller/Tanner? Choice is in the last year of his rookie deal. Miller and Tanner have shown something early, while Choice and Murray have been injured. If Felix and Murray are our #1 and #2, I think we all agree the Cowboys need more of a bruiser like Miller in short yardage sets. So, I do think Choice is on the bubble, while we will likely try and hide Tanner on our practice squad. However, it's still very early in the process and significant camp injuries at this position are a reality that could make decisions easier.
Ok - that's enough from me in regards to the offense. Perhaps someone else wants to tackle the defense?