It's the Dallas Cowboys... of course there's never a dull moment. Despite the love and hate they get for being America's Team, there isn't a franchise in football that is more marketable than Jerry Jones' proverbial baby. It may seem like it's forever away, but the Cowboys' regular season will be before we know it and that means the team will have to get down to 53 men, which by looking at the current roster is going to be quite difficult to do.
Today, I'm going to discuss three players that have chances, albeit small ones, to make the final 53-man roster. The interesting thing about these three names is that their chances of making the roster just a few weeks ago were little-to-none. But with the Cowboys taking on an injury and some changes on the roster, space has opened up for these three players to finish training camp and be awarded with a star on their helmet. Let's get into it.
One of the hardest names to pronounce on the Cowboys is that of Arjen Colquhoun. Getting a Michigan State defensive back was a big surprise to me. Colquhoun was not a consistent starter during his time in college, but he put together a quality campaign in his senior year in 2015. But if you think about it, Colquhoun has never really had the chance to gain consistent playing time. Darqueze Dennard and Trae Waynes were the guys for awhile in Lansing, but when they left, Colquhoun broke out.
I look at the player and see someone the Cowboys could potentially develop into a starter down the road. With the contracts of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne expiring at the end of the season, perhaps Colquhoun could emerge as a candidate for a bigger job next year. He's a nice piece at 6'1", 200 pounds and with the releases of Terrance Mitchell and Brandon McGee, the chances of him getting a spot on the roster have gone up.
In the past few weeks, McKinnon's play has only progressed. And that's truly the way his game has been since he stepped foot on campus at Florida International. He endured a suspension towards the beginning of his college career, but he worked hard to get back in shape and to get a consistent role in college. The Cowboys have followed him for quite some time and after having a productive year in 2015, McKinnon's slid right into the team's hands after the draft.
The thing I love about McKinnon is his positional versatility. With the ability to play both cornerback and safety, the Cowboys have a guy that could keep the Cowboys from using an extra roster spot on a defensive back. He's looked great in the offseason and if he has a solid training camp, there's a shot he could make the roster. Even if he doesn't get a spot, I'd expect McKinnon back on the practice squad in somewhat of a farm system role, a player that could get called to the active roster whenever.
There's a lot of buzz about Coe. Stephen Jones has already shown his liking towards the player. He was given late-round grade by the Cowboys, but they have liked him from the start. BTB's very own Joey Ickes has expressed his interest in Coe:
Rodney Coe was one of Dallas' "8th round picks" who took top-30 visits with the team leading up to the draftable became priority free agents after their picks were gone. His story to this point is fascinating and being a 6'2, 315-pound former running back, his skill-set as an interior disruptor is equally so. David Irving's former Iowa State teammate is EXACTLY the kind of player who could thrive under the tutelage of Rod Marinelli and Leon Lett, and I will be watching his development closely.
With the injury to Maliek Collins, a roster spot could open up at defensive tackle. Given that the position is one of the deepest and most talented on the roster, Coe could end up on this roster if he keeps impressing the coaching staff. His chances of making the team go up even more if he outplays veteran Terrell McClain. However, I don't see that happening.