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Cowboys Roster Cuts: Who's Still On The Hot Seat?

Will RB Lance Dunbar make the roster?
Will RB Lance Dunbar make the roster?

Yesterday's and today's flurry of twitter activity indicates that the Cowboys have informed 21 players that they have not made the final roster cuts. Jason Garrett said at yesterday's press conference that the Cowboys would not release the official list of names until later today, so the names are somewhat tentative in nature, but here are the consensus 21 players who are expected to be released:

Offense (11): OT Jeff Adams, WR Tim Benford, QB Rudy Carpenter, FB Shaun Chapas, WR Danny Coale, OG Harland Gunn, WR Saalim Hakim, OG Ronald Leary, OG Daniel Loper, OT Pat McQuistan, TE Andrew Szczerba

Defense (10): DE Baraka Atkins, DE Ben Bass, DE Robert Callaway, DE Clifton Geathers, OLB Adrian Hamilton, LB Orie Lemon, CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB Lionel Smith, S Eddie Whitley, CB Teddy Williams

With the addition of C/G Ryan Cook from the Dolphins to the roster last night - and if the names above are accurate - the Cowboys would still need to cut two players to get to the league-mandated roster size of 53 players, perhaps more if they were to make additional waiver claims in the next couple of hours.

After the break, we look at which Cowboys players are probably squirming on the hot seat right now.

Stephen McGee has been widely picked as a release candidate, given that he's in his final year and hasn't really wowed the Cowboys in his three years with the team. To the surprise of many, he's still on the roster, and Garrett has repeatedly said he's open to the idea of keeping three quarterbacks.

Jamize Olawale and Lance Dunbar are also still hanging on, but barely. The Cowboys currently still have 6 HB/FBs on their roster, and it's not unthinkable that they could reduce that number to five, or even four.

Derrick Dockery hasn't really done much to distinguish himself in camp, and even if he does make it onto the final roster, he'll likely be the first player to be released when the Cowboys make further roster moves. Even David Arkin is not assured a roster spot, and not because he didn't convince as a backup center all that much, but because he simply doesn't play with enough power, and it's not yet clear whether Ryan Cook was brought in as an addition to or replacement for Arkin.

And of course, there's also still the (admittedly remote) possibility of a trade that could involve a veteran defensive end like Kenyon Coleman or Marcus Spears.

Which players do you think will be the final cuts tonight?

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