Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster prediction (if Dallas plays it safe)

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Training camp is nearly upon us which means battles for the Dallas Cowboys final roster spots are about to begin. While the vast majority are locks, there are a handful of opportunities open for competition.

A couple weeks ago we ran an simulation of what the Dallas Cowboys final 53 man roster could look like. In that, we put an emphasis on potential and retaining our most promising developmental players. We encourage you to check it out, here:

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Today we’re going to shift gears and play it safe. We’re going to put an emphasis on players who can contribute right now. Guys who raise the floor rather than raise the ceiling. Guys with experience rather than guys with upside.

Here’s what the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster could look like if Dallas opts to play it safe

Upside is fun for a team that has nothing to lose, but that’s not where the Dallas Cowboys stand this year. The Dallas Cowboys are favored to win the NFC East here in 2021 and don’t need to take unnecessary risks.

It seems playing it safe will get them to the postseason so that’s exactly what we’re doing today in this Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster prediction

Dallas Cowboys Special Teams (3)

Greg Zuerlein, Jake McQuaide, Hunter Niswander

This doesn’t deviate at all from the last version. Like most NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys are fairly locked in on special teams.

Greg Zuerlein is the safest option at kicker. The coaching staff trusts him and he’s a proven veteran who’s expected to improve this season. Jake McQuaide is a former Pro Bowl long-snapper who’s still at the top of his game. Dallas has long valued the LS position so I don’t expect that to change, even if Stephen Jones can save a few bucks.

Hunter Niswander is the only potential wildcard, but I think he’s the odds on favorite for the job given his numbers and brief history with the club.