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

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Dallas Cowboys Offense

Quarterback (3): Dak Prescott, Garrett Gilbert, Brett Hundley

Dak Prescott is back and should be 100 percent by training camp, so fans needn’t worry. He joins arguably the most high-powered offense in the NFL and based on his suspect defense, he’s an early favorite to be the passing yards king of 2021.

Things get hairy behind him. There’s no clear-cut QB2 on the roster and all of the challengers played poorly in min-camp. Gilbert gets the nod at QB2 simply because he was the best option in 2020 and that has to mean something.

Dallas has already worked out former Packers QB, Brett Hundley. While Hundley went unsigned, there’s familiarity with him and that makes him a decent fallback option should no one else arise. The key point here is the Dallas Cowboys are keeping three QBs.

The QB position is the most important position in football and if the Dallas Cowboys are dedicated to play it safe, they will keep three (not what I recommend given questions elsewhere, though).

Running back (4): Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard, Rico Dowdle, Sewo Olonilua

In true “playing it safe” fashion, the Dallas Cowboys decide to stick to the script and keep three halfbacks and one fullback. Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard clearly get the top billing, so the battle is only really at RB3 and FB1.

Rico Dowdle claims the reserve role because of the coaching staff’s familiarity with him and the work he’s been putting in on special teams. Sewo edges out rookie challenger Nick Ralston for many of the same reasons. As you may remember, Sewo has a pretty fun skill set himself and could be a bit of a utility player for Dallas.