A look at the Cowboys’ 53-man roster
By Tim MacMahon
This isn’t necessarily the Cowboys’ final 53-man roster. They still might make a transaction or two before the season opener.
But here’s how the 53-man roster looks after final cuts Saturday:
The Cowboys believe Tony Romo’s poor preseason is an aberration. They’re confident that Kitna is an adequate backup, especially after solid performance in his final two preseason performances. McGee provided hope in the preseason finale that he’s a decent developmental project.
The Barber trade rumor mill buzzed a bit, but did you really think a team was going to trade for his contract?
Anderson is a proven lead blocker and special teams performer. Gronkowski gives them versatility.
They can go light here because of Gronkowski’s ability to play H-back, but the Cowboys could watch the waiver wire closely for decent tight ends.
They traded Patrick Crayton in a cost-cutting move but kept Hurd, who makes a major impact on special teams.
Depth is a concern for this season, but the Cowboys believe rookies Young and Costa have a chance to develop into starters.
NOSE TACKLES (2): Jay Ratliff, Josh Brent
Junior Siavii got the second-team reps throughout camp and the preseason, but Brent’s potential earned him the roster spot. Brent overcame a broken hand suffered the first week of camp to consistently display power and explosiveness.
Lissemore, a seventh-round pick, apparently seized a spot with his performance in the preseason finale.
Steve Octavien, a core special teams player last season, was probably the best player the Cowboys cut.
The nickel/dime job hasn’t been settled. Should the Cowboys call Bobby Carpenter after he was cut by the Rams? He did a decent job in that role last season.
Cletis Gordon was the most surprising cut. The Cowboys could go light here because of Akwasi Owusu-Ansah’s ability to play corner. He’s been working as a slot guy in the nickel and dime packages.
McCray makes it because of special teams. Wearing No. 40, he’ll remind folks of Bill Bates. Church is a better safety.
Buehler answered the bell during the preseason, allowing the Cowboys to follow through on their plan to keep only one kicker.
Players who made the team that we didn’t have on our final 53-man roster projection: Deon Anderson, Sean Lissemore, Leon Williams