2012 v. 2013 Roster comparison

Thought I would try to compare last year's roster to this one. The players are sorted by games played, then games started, then first names.

What are your observations?

The biggest difference is that with better health, we hopefully won't need to go through 65 guys, and will get lots more games out of Lee, Carter, Scandrick, Murray, and even Ratliff (who missed 10 games).

I think that the replacement guys are almost always an upgrade. I like Leary over Livings, Escobar over Phillips, Dunbar/Randle over Jones, Smith over Vickers, Holloman over Butler, Allen over Sensabaugh, Williams over Ogletree, Frederick over Cook, Durant over Connor, Wilcox over Peprah, Bosworth over Poppinga.

Only a few might go the other way: Jenkins had much more experience than BW Webb. Spears had more experience than Cohen. There's no "run stopper" like Coleman, but then this is a defense predicated on speed.

I hope they start Free/Parnell rather than Bernardeau/Free, as I think the former will get better as the year goes on, but the latter might get worse (because I don't trust Bernie at all).

Offsetting the upgrades is the several of the skilled vets are another year on the wrong side of 30 -- Romo, Ware, Hatcher, Ratliff, and Witten. I didn't have room to post the ages, but overall the team is getting younger as it improves.

Overall, I like this roster a LOT more than last year's. It's not perfect, but I can see the team being in the top-10 on both offense and defense.

2012 Pos. 2013 Pos. Games Starts New Guys Pos.
Brandon Carr LCB Brandon Carr LCB 16 16
DeMarcus Ware* OLB DeMarcus Ware DE 16 16
Doug Free RT Doug Free RG/RT? 16 16
Jason Hatcher DT Jason Hatcher DT 16 16
Jason Witten* TE Jason Witten TE 16 16
Mackenzy Bernadeau RG Mackenzy Bernardeau RG 16 16
Nate Livings LG IR 16 16 Ron Leary LG
Tony Romo QB Tony Romo QB 16 16
Miles Austin WR Miles Austin WR 16 15
Dez Bryant WR Dez Bryant WR 16 14
John Phillips TE Gone 16 9 Gavin Escobar TE
Felix Jones rb Gone 16 7 Joseph Randle RB
Lawrence Vickers fb Gone 16 6 Andre Smith TE
James Hanna te James Hanna TE 16 2
Victor Butler slb Gone 16 2 DeVonte Holloman LB
Jermey Parnell lt Jeremy Parnell RT 16 1
Dan Bailey k Dan Bailey K 16 0
Dwayne Harris wr Dwayne Harris WR 16 0
L.P. Ladouceur ls LP Ladouceur LS 16 0
Tyrone Crawford dt IR 16 0 George Selvie DE
Gerald Sensabaugh FS Gone 15 15 Will Allen FS
Morris Claiborne RCB Mo Claiborne RCB 15 15
Tyron Smith LT Tyron Smith LT 15 15
Danny McCray SS Danny McCray ST 15 10
Marcus R. Spears dt Gone 15 6 Landon Cohen DT
Derrick Dockery rg Gone 15 2 Darrion Weems OT
Kevin Ogletree wr Gone 15 1 Terrence Williams WR
Anthony Spencer* SLB Anthony Spencer DE 14 14
Dan Connor mlb Gone 14 8 Justin Durant LB
Alex Albright lb IR 14 1 Edgar Jones ST
Ryan Cook C IR 13 11 Travis Frederick C
Eric Frampton ss Eric Frampton SS 13 2
Mike Jenkins lcb Gone 13 2 BW Webb CB
Phillip Tanner rb Philip Tanner RB 13 0
Josh Brent nt Gone 12 5
Lance Dunbar rb Lance Dunbar RB 12 0
Bruce Carter MLB Bruce Carter LB 11 11
Orlando Scandrick cb Orlando Scandrick CB 11 3
DeMarco Murray RB DeMarco Murray RB 10 10
Ernie Sims wlb Ernie Sims LB 10 6
Sean Lissemore nt Gone 10 6
Cole Beasley wr Cole Beasley WR 10 0
Kyle Wilber olb Kyle Wilber DE 10 0
Kenyon Coleman dt Gone 7 5
Andre Holmes wr Gone 7 0
Jay Ratliff nt PUP 6 6 Nick Hayden DT
Sean Lee wlb Sean Lee LB 6 6
Charlie Peprah ss Gone 5 1 JJ Wilcox SS
Sterling Moore cb Gone 5 0 Jeff Heath FS
Brady Poppinga lb Gone 4 1 Kyle Bosworth ST
Chris Jones Pos. Chris Jones P 4 0
Orie Lemon ilb Gone 4 0
Vincent Agnew cb Gone 4 0
Barry Church ss Barry Church SS 3 3
Phil Costa c Phil Costa C 3 3
Brian Schaefering dt Gone 3 0
LeQuan Lewis Gone 3 0
Michael Coe Gone 3 0
Ben Bass de Ben Bass DT 2 0
Rob Callaway dt Gone 2 0
Anthony Armstrong wr Gone 1 0
David Arkin g David Arkin G 1 0
Kevin Kowalski g Gone 1 0
Kyle Orton qb Kyle Orton QB 1 0
Mario Butler cb Gone 1 0

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