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.
No surprises here, even less after a good showing by McGee in the final preseason game.
Running Backs (3)
This is a no-brainer. The Cowboys have one of the best backfields in the NFL and the three backs complement each other.
'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)
None of the other candidates stood out.
Wide Receivers (5)
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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)
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Injury and depth concerns prompted the Cowboys to go with 10 players here.
Defensive Linemen (5)
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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)
Brent edges out Siavii in a minor suprise - after all, Siavii got most of the second team reps in camp.
Inside Linebackers (5)
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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)
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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.
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.
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Danny McCray and Barry Church were true standouts in camp and proved to be just too good to keep off the roster.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Dallas Cowboys have got themselves a kicker.