Dallas Cowboys: Depth may be their greatest strength

LANDOVER, MARYLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Wide receiver Devin Smith Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MARYLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Wide receiver Devin Smith Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys sustained multiple key injuries on Sunday putting players in doubt over the next 4+ weeks, lucky for us Dallas’ roster depth is one of their biggest strengths

Michael Gallup, Xavier Woods, Antwaun Woods, and Tyrone Crawford all succumbed to injury this past week and could be out anywhere from one week to over four weeks as they recover. Losing four starters in one game can be catastrophic for most organizations. Luckily the Dallas Cowboys are not the typical organization.

With all due respect to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys have arguably the strongest 53-man roster in the league. Say what you want about their talent at the top and their ability to win a Super Bowl, but depth is unquestionably strong.

Editing Note: Did I just say “with all due respect to the Philadelphia Eagles”? I think I threw up in my mouth a little on that one. I apologize. I’ll try to never repeat those words again. Ok, back to the story…

Built for This

The Dallas Cowboys had a deep team last season. But an opportunistic offseason strategy combined with some solid drafting made the roster even deeper.

Even before the preseason started, the receiving corps, tight end position, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker unit, and secondary all looked to offer elite depth. Training camp just proved it better than most could have ever imagined.

With more NFL players than NFL roster spots available, the Dallas Cowboys faced a tough task whittling down to just 53. One can assume the right moves where made since Dallas was able to sign everyone they wanted to either the 53-man roster or the practice squad. By keeping their most coveted assets on the roster, they prevented poachers from reaping what the Cowboys sowed.

With the exception of safety, the Dallas Cowboys lost players from positions of strength. That means the Dallas Cowboys are well positioned to adequately handle these injuries without significant fall-off.

Granted, Michael Gallup is going to be tough to replace, but Devin Smith  did enough on Sunday to alleviate most concerns….


The defensive line is even deeper than the receiver position. That unit is so deep, Rod Marinelli has been deactivating two of the Dallas Cowboys previous top draft picks. Say what you want about Taco Charlton, but he entered the 2019 season playing the best ball of his career. Too bad for him the D-line is ridiculously deep.

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With Crawford and Woods potentially out on Sunday, it opens the door for someone like Taco who just wants to get on the field. As mentioned earlier, safety is a slight concern. It was when the 2018 season ended. It was when free agency kicked off. It was when the draft wrapped up. And it is today. But enough young players are the roster to entertain internal solutions over panic-motivated trades.

Simply put, the Dallas Cowboys are built for overcoming injuries. As long as these don’t continue to mount or stretch into the back-half of the season, Dallas should be able to overcome without adding marks to the loss column.

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The Dallas Cowboys entered this season with arguably the most talented top-to-bottom rosters in the NFL. It’s time to let that shine these next few weeks as Dallas waits out the return of these injured starters.

  • Published on 09/18/2019 at 11:00 AM
  • Last updated at 09/18/2019 at 10:33 AM