Just like last year, the Cowboys will be entering training camp with 90 players, ten more guys than in previous years. Add seven free agent signings, also more than in previous years, and the Cowboys could have one of the most competitive training camps in recent memory, as players work hard for their roster spots.
Along the way, some players that few of us will have expected will likely end up getting cut. Last year, the Cowboys had two waves of cuts where they got rid of some of their big-name veteran players. At the start of the (delayed) league year on July 28th, 2011, the Cowboys cut Marion Barber, Marc Colombo, Leonard Davis and Roy Williams. The Cowboys later followed that up in a second wave of cuts by releasing three more veterans after training camp in Andre Gurode, Igor Olshansky and Montrae Holland.
This year's first wave remained slightly smaller compared to last year when the Cowboys cut Kyle Kosier, Terence Newman and David Buehler at the beginning of the league year in mid March. Which could mean that the second wave of cuts, during or after training camp, could see more players released.
Early candidates to not make the 53-man roster team probably include Kenyon Coleman and perhaps even Marcus Spears, who will likely face some serious pressure from the young guys like Lissemore, Geathers and Crawford along the defensive line. Additionally, Coleman is on the wrong side of 30.
Also, outside of Morris Claiborne and Tyrone Crawford, none of the five other 2012 draft picks are guaranteed a roster spot either. Last year, the Cowboys released CB Josh Thomas (5th rd) and FB Shaun Chapas (7th rd) during final cuts and released WR Dwayne Harris (6th rd) later in the season. The latter two both made it back to the practice squad.
I hope all the draft picks and all the free agent acquisitions make the team, but that's going to be tough this year. Who do you think could be the surprise cut from the team this year?