Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster prediction (training camp edition 1.0)

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Dallas Cowboys roster prediction

Special Teams (3) Lirim Hajrullahu, Brian Anger, Jake McQuaide

Brian Anger and Jake McQuaide are locks leaving the only real mystery at the kicker position. Lirim Hajrullahu and the rookie Jonathan Garibay are in a heated battle. Fans generally want the rookie Garibay since he’s a local Texas Tech product and has a booming leg, but the team is likely leaning towards the slightly more tenured Lirim.

In camp it’s Lirim who’s winning the battle. He’s cooler under pressure and more consistent between the uprights. Garibay is coming off a great year at Tech but it stands alone. He was very inconsistent before that standout season and he’s looking that way again in Oxnard.

This will likely come down the preseason pressure kicks so we wait with baited breath for the real competition to begin.

Running Back (3) Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard, Rico Dowdle

Three is going thin at the running back position but the more I assess the roster the more I think the Dallas Cowboys need to do so (read why, here).

Zeke is the lead dog and Jerry Jones just reaffirmed that in case anyone was wondering. Pollard has seen an increase in snaps every year he’s been a pro and we expect to see that again this year. And Rico Dowdle is a team favorite based on his change of pace ability as RB3 and his special teams prowess across the board.

Ryan Nall is the only true fullback in the mix and Aaron Shampklin is an interesting player with water bug style, but both are likely ony practice squad players with situational call-ups on their horizon in 2022.