Dallas Cowboys Pre-Training Camp 53-Man Roster Projection

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Yes we are nearly 30 days from the start of camp, and another 60-plus from the cut down to 53 players, but it's never to early to prognosticate. Take a look....

Post Mini-Camp 53 Man Roster Projection
Offense
QB Romo I just don't see a solution where Kyle Orton ends up on the 53, and unless Dustin Vaughan looks like the next coming of Johnny Unitas in training camp, I don't see a reason you can't get him to the PS.
Weeden
RB Murray >DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar give Dallas plenty of firepower. Ryan Williams is the primary "back up" in case of injury to 29. I considered adding Ben Malena to the group but decided to go short here for the sake of other positions.
Dunbar
Williams
FB Copeland Give 'em the beef in short yardage.
WR Bryant The top five guys are locks in my opinion. I love Washington's story and you can't teach 4.3 speed, so I'm saying he makes it.
Williams
Beasley
Street
Harris
Washington
TE Witten Only thing that could change is if they bring in a blocking TE.
Escobar
Hanna
OT Smith I believe they view Weems as a future starter, who will be the swing guy in 2014.
Free
Weems
OG/C Frederick I'm betting on Leary to win the job at LG over Bernadeau who becomes the swing G/C. Green and Patrick likely fight for the 46th active spot each week.
Martin
Leary
Bernadeau
Green
Defense
DE Selvie Lots of bodies here as we see the waves concept taking shape…
Mincey
Lawrence
Crawford
Gardner
Rayford
DT Melton Hayden is the "surprise" cut here, I just don’t see how you can keep more than two nose tackles and I think both McClain and Bishop can give you more in 20 snaps at the 1-technique. This group will get pass rush help from guys like Mincey, Crawford, and Gardner who can slide inside in passing situations.
McClain
Bass
Coleman
Bishop
LB Durant At this point, all we've seen is Durant taking snaps with the first team at Mike, when he's practiced. So until we see Holloman play inside, I'm going to believe that Durant will be the guy.
Carter
Wilber
Holloman
Hitchens
W. Smith
CB Carr This will be an extremely fun position to watch at camp. There will be three guys competing for the two starting jobs, and four or five guys competing for the other two jobs.
Claiborne
Scandrick
Mitchell
Patmon
S Church Yes I have Hamilton beating Wilcox for the starting job, because Hamilton is the true CF this team needs badly. Matt Johnson needs to stay healthy, but if he does he can be a factor on STs and defense, and Heath is your STs stud.
Hamilton
Wilcox
Johnson
Heath
K Bailey New Punter… Nothing to see here…
P Mandell
LS Ladoucuer
PS Vaughan Who really knows at this point?
Phillips
Boyd
Dixon
Bush
Sapp
Malena
Patrick

PUP

Spencer I would hold Whaley on PUP just to make sure you don't need him this year before I stash him off to IR, and hopefully you can get Spencer back at 80% or better for the last 6-8 games to boost your rush. We don't know nearly enough about Okoye's condition to speak intelligently.
Okoye
Whaley

That leaves a 53-man group made up of 23 offensive players, 27 defensive players and three specialists.  Along with a practice squad containing four offensive players (QB, WR, RB, OG) and four defenders (CB, S, DE, LB).

What are your biggest surprises? Who are your snubs, and who do you think I should have cut?

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