It’s undeniable. We have to accept it.
There are going to be players who don’t make the Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster, ones that people are upset about. Every year people fall in love with pet cats that don’t realize the dreams we had for them, but typically by Week 1 that heartache has managed to subside.
Who will those players be this season for the Cowboys? It’s hard to tell. Considering it looks like Dallas is going to only carry three tight ends and two quarterbacks that leaves a lot of room on the roster that hasn’t been there in recent seasons.
The way it’s starting to look it seems like a majority of these guys, if not all, are on the bubble for the Cowboys this weekend when the preseason is over:
- Cedrick Wilson
- Devin Smith
- Alfred Morris
- Darius Jackson
- Jordan Chunn
- Jalen Jelks
- Daniel Wise
- Justin March
- Mike Jackson
- Kavon Frazier
To be clear we’re only really talking about players who conceivably had a chance to make the roster. Sometimes you can be incredibly optimistic about someone and the course of training camp and preseason just end with them not making it. It happens.
Of the guys that we’re talking about, which are the ones that make it most difficult for you to part with? I asked fellow FPWers Tom Ryle and Danny Phantom, and they’re each finding difficulty with a few players, including one that they have in common.
Justin March: He’s been a ST stalwart, but so far in camp and preseason, he has not been good enough in his linebacker job to stave off UDFA Justin Phillips (or Luke Gifford, if he rebounds from his injury). March is a great human being, but that doesn’t count for much when it’s cutting time.
Darius Jackson: A bit of a surprise, but Jordan Chunn shows just enough more to push Jackson off the roster as the RB3.
Michael Jackson: The team will take a chance on getting him to the PS, as he has been outperformed by both Goodwin and Olumba.
Note: Alfred Morris is a special case this year, being insurance for Zeke. He is either Zeke’s fill in or on the streets imo.
Jalen Jelks: He’s done enough to earn a spot and you have to like his potential. If it wasn’t for the fact that so many other edge rushers have balled out, he’d have a stronger case. I thought maybe a Taco trade might save him, but it looks like we’re running out of time for that.
Daniel Wise: Similar to Jelks, he’s roster worthy, but there’s simply not enough room. Plus, Hyder’s ability to play inside can chew up the reps at the DT spot. Seems like trying to shelf him is their best bet.
Mike Jackson: I liked what I saw from him in camp early on and thought he was a lock, but his injury and the play of Donovan Olumba may mean the team holds their breath Jackson can make it to the practice squad.
Mike Jackson does seem like he’s the odd man out, he’s hardly made the impression that his Miami Hurricanes teammate (and fella with the same surname and draft position) has. In fact, of all the players listed above a strong case can really only be made for a few.
It’s possible that both Cedrick Wilson and Devin Smith make it, a lot depends on what happens with Noah Brown, and more spots could be opened up by surprise cuts. I found it interesting that Ryle has March not making it, but the financials of football might come into play there.
I suppose that’s why this question is difficult. For me the 54th, 55th, and 56th guys so to speak are undoubtedly March, Kavon Frazier, and Alfred Morris depending on preferred depth at the running back position.
Who are the first three off of your roster?