Dallas Cowboys 53-man Roster Projection (OTA edition): Who’s making it

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - DECEMBER 16: Ezekiel Elliot #21 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - DECEMBER 16: Ezekiel Elliot #21 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Between now and the start of the regular season, the Dallas Cowboys must trim their roster to just 53-names so here’s the first stab at such a roster

It’s the doldrums of summer. Which means it’s time to start our wildly premature Dallas Cowboys roster projections. While this practice may appear to be throwing darts at a board, it’s really not as much of a mystery as some might expect.

Looking at roster, there’s really only a handful of spots even up for grabs. That’s often the case with a returning playoff team like the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas is in fine financial shape (even though big contract extensions await) and nearly all of the 2018 starters are returning. The bulk of the decisions will be regarding the bottom of the roster.

But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be boring either. It’s those bottom of the roster decisions that are the toughest. The team must weigh traits like potential against controllability. They must decide between a current-day impact player who can factor into a rotation vs a project player who offers little today but potentially more in the future.

It’s this part that separates Cowboys Nation from the Dallas Cowboys front office. Fans tend to value potential more and the front office usually leans towards impact NOW.

So, let’s get started.

We begin with Special Teams:

Special Teams (3)

Brett Maher (K)

Chris Jones (P)

L.P Ladouceur (LS)

No surprises here. But outside of L.P., the spots aren’t totally secure. The big legged Maher did enough to warrant a second season with Dallas but he needs to improve on his mid-range field goals to make it through the year.

Chris Jones quietly had a terrible season in 2018. Up until last season “the Puntisher” was a living legend ‘round these parts.

Bouncing back shouldn’t be a problem for the 29-year-old punter. Based on the competition coming in, it’s probably going to take an injury for anything to change here. With 50 roster spots remaining, let’s look at the offense