|Offense||5th||149.8 (2nd)||226.9 (23rd)|
|Defense||14th||83.5 (1st)||260.4 (26th)|
|76||Ash, Richard||NT||6-3||333||8/4/1992||1||Western Michigan|
|5||Bailey, Dan||K||6-0||195||1/26/1988||6||Oklahoma State|
|11||Beasley, Cole||WR||5-8||180||4/26/1989||5||Southern Methodist|
|88||Bryant, Dez||WR||6-2||220||11/4/1988||7||Oklahoma State|
|19||Butler, Brice||WR||6-3||215||1/29/1990||4||San Diego State|
|39||Carr, Brandon||CB||6-0||210||5/19/1986||9||Grand Valley State|
|24||Claiborne, Morris||CB||5-11||192||2/7/1990||5||Louisiana State|
|63||Cleary, Emmett||T||6-7||324||4/27/1990||2||Boston College|
|71||Collins, La'el||G||6-4||321||7/26/1993||2||Louisiana State|
|Cooper, Jonathan||G||6-2||310||1/19/1990||4||North Carolina|
|58||Crawford, Jack||DE||6-5||288||9/7/1988||5||Penn State|
|98||Crawford, Tyrone||DE||6-4||285||11/22/1989||5||Boise State|
|25||Dunbar, Lance||RB||5-8||195||1/25/1990||5||North Texas|
|21||Elliott, Ezekiel||RB||6-0||225||7/22/1995||R||Ohio State|
|89||Escobar, Gavin||TE||6-6||260||2/3/1991||4||San Diego State|
|35||Frazier, Kavon||SS||6-0||217||8/11/1994||R||Central Michigan|
|68||Free, Doug||T||6-6||318||1/16/1984||10||Northern Illinois|
|38||Heath, Jeff||SS||6-1||212||5/14/1991||4||Saginaw Valley State|
|95||Irving, David||DT||6-7||273||8/18/1993||2||Iowa State|
|90||Lawrence, Demarcus||DE||6-3||270||4/28/1992||3||Boise State|
|50||Lee, Sean||OLB||6-2||238||7/22/1986||7||Penn State|
|73||Looney, Joe||G||6-3||315||8/31/1990||4||Wake Forest|
|70||Martin, Zack||G||6-4||310||11/20/1990||3||Notre Dame|
|97||McClain, Terrell||DT||6-2||302||7/20/1988||6||South Florida|
|23||McFadden, Leon||DB||5-10||190||10/26/1990||3||San Diego State|
|46||Morris, Alfred||RB||5-10||224||12/12/1988||5||Florida Atlantic|
|4||Prescott, Dak||QB||6-2||226||7/29/1993||R||Mississippi State|
|9||Romo, Tony||QB||6-2||230||4/21/1980||14||Eastern Illinois|
|32||Scandrick, Orlando||CB||5-10||196||2/10/1987||9||Boise State|
|54||Smith, Jaylon||OLB||6-2||240||6/14/1995||R||Notre Dame|
|41||Smith, Keith||FB||6-0||232||4/8/1992||3||San Jose State|
|92||Thornton, Cedric||DT||6-4||309||6/21/1988||5||Southern Arkansas|
|13||Whitehead, Lucky||WR||5-9||180||6/2/1992||2||Florida Atlantic|
|51||Wilber, Kyle||OLB||6-4||245||4/26/1989||5||Wake Forest|
|27||Wilcox, J.J.||SS||6-0||212||2/14/1991||4||Georgia Southern|
|61||Baldwin, Darryl (IR)||T||6-6||305||10/6/1991||1||Ohio State|
|10||Brown, Chris (IR)||WR||6-2||195||12/8/1993||R||Notre Dame|
|75||Davis, Ryan (IR)||LB||6-2||275||2/24/1989||4||Bethune-Cookman|
|79||Green, Chaz (IR)||T||6-5||300||4/8/1992||2||Florida|
|52||Harris, Jerrell (IR)||LB||6-3||242||7/8/1989||1||Alabama|
|17||Moore, Kellen (IR)||QB||6-0||200||7/12/1989||5||Boise State|
|46||Morris, James (IR)||LB||6-1||245||11/20/1991||3||Iowa|
|87||Swaim, Geoff (IR)||TE||6-4||260||9/16/1993||2||Texas|
|99||Tapper, Charles (IR)||DE||6-2||271||5/7/1993||R||Oklahoma|
|DeBord, Clay||T||6-6||305||5/13/1992||R||Eastern Washington|
|Edwards, Kadeem||G||6-4||305||1/24/1991||2||Tennessee State|
|George, Jeremiah||LB||5-11||234||1/24/1992||3||Iowa State|
|Seamster, Sammy||DB||6-0||205||2/5/1991||2||Middle Tennessee State|
|7||Showers, Jameill||QB||6-2||230||9/6/1991||1||Texas-El Paso|
|Smith, Rod||RB||6-3||231||1/10/1992||2||Ohio State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
The undrafted rookie looked good in training camp, but wasn't able to repeat his performance in practice during preseason action. Jones may have to content himself with a spot on a practice squad to begin the year.
The 2016 second round pick is still wearing a brace to support his foot and lower leg due to the nerve damage and says he thinks he'll be able to play while wearing it -- the fact that he's already able to post a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash backs up that level of optimism -- but if he fully recovers, he'll be able to shed the brace completely. Smith likely would have been a top five pick in his draft class were it not for the injury, so if he does make a full recovery, the Cowboys could be adding an impact player to the heart of their defense in 2017.
The tackles were his fewest in four seasons, but that was due to a broken forearm that cost him a quarter of the campaign, and he was on pace for 113 tackles over a full 16 games. He's a free agent this offseason though, and with Byron Jones and J.J. Wilcox both showing significant improvement in 2016, the Cowboys may not make much of an effort to bring Church back.
Hanna opened training camp on the PUP list after needing knee surgery in August and will now require his second procedure in less than three months. He will miss the remainder of the season, leaving only Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar as healthy options on the Cowboys' roster.
McFadden started the game as Ezekiel Elliott was held out, but he only received a third of the team's carries in the game as they distributed the burden in that category among several options. Although his workload was limited, McFadden looked explosive on a couple of different plays and will be one of the more capable backup runners active during the postseason.
The Cowboys' defensive line lacks star power but has been effective lately in getting to the opposition QB, and it was Collins' turn to shine Sunday. The rookie has just 12 tackles in eight games though, so this performance isn't likely to push him into IDP prominence.
The Cowboys had depth problems at tight end in 2016 due to injuries to James Hanna (knee) and Geoff Swaim (chest), but rather than give Escobar more responsibility, Dallas simply moved away from using two-TE sets and he actually saw fewer snaps than he had either of the previous two years. That's as clear an indication as any that the organization doesn't see Escobar as part of their future, so expect to see him in a different uniform in 2017.
Getting his first taste of postseason action, Elliott gashed the Packers defense for 5.7 yards per carry while recording a modest long gain of 22 yards. The opposition stiffened at times, but the Cowboys remained interested in running the ball and Elliott had a very impactful game, although his team came up just short in the end. After leading the NFL in rushing, scoring 15 touchdowns and earning a Pro-Bowl appearance in his rookie campaign, the young running back's arrow is pointing straight up heading into 2017.
Other than the occasional jet sweep, Whitehead's involvement on offense remained low during his second NFL season, but with Cole Beasley seeing more work as the Cowboys' slot receiver, Whitehead added primary punt return duties to his portfolio in addition to returning kickoffs. With Terrance Williams potentially not coming back in 2017 there could be more snaps and targets available for Whitehead next season, but as yet he hasn't convinced the coaching staff he can be a reliable receiving option.
Part of Romo's responsibility is setting the protections with calling out the middle linebacker. The offensive line follows the assignment. If Frederick can take that responsibility away from Romo, then Romo can worry more about the coverage.
"I'm going to try and do as much as I can to take as much as I can off Tony that he was doing before for the offensive line," Frederick said. 'Not necessarily because I was a rookie or this or that, but because, if I can see it better, that's going to take one thing off his plate and that's going to help the team as a whole."
The move created an additional $8.16 million in salary cap space for the Cowboys. The team converted $10.2 million of his $11.039 million base salary in 2015 into a signing bonus.
The 24-year-old left tackle is entering his fifth season with the Cowboys after being selected in the first round of the 2011 draft. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and was named First-team All-Pro in 2014.
McClain went down in Week 16 and ultimately missed the Cowboys' regular season finale against the Eagles. However, he returned to practice last week and hasn't reported a setback in his recovery since. His return would likely mean less snaps for teammate David Irving.
Williams was one of few starters who played the majority of the game, and he produced the team's only touchdown when he connected with Tony Romo on a three-yard play in the second quarter. He will finish the regular season with four touchdowns to his name and should continue to perform as one of the team's complementary offensive options as the postseason begins.
Gachkar was a full participant in practice all week, so his questionable status heading into Sunday's game was likely precautionary. Look for him to take up his regular position as the starting strong-side linebacker in the Cowboy's defense.
Wilber sustained a neck injury in Week 5, but has since used the Cowboys' Week 7 bye to heal. Considering he was able to practice without limitation this week, it appears he was able to recover in full.
The 39 yards from scrimmage were actually a season high for Dunbar, who saw very little action in 2016 behind Ezekiel Elliott due to injuries and the emergence of Cole Beasley as Dak Prescott's preferred short-yardage receiving option. Dunbar can be an explosive player when he gets a chance, but even if he returns to Dallas in 2017, his touches will likely remain very limited.
He had five QB pressures in total on the game, including the one that resulted in a Jeff Heath pick after Irving got a piece of Winston's arm, but for IDP purposes, his numbers on the season aren't that impressive -- just 12 tackles and three sacks. The Cowboys' defense tends to produce a different hero every week, so don't bank on Irving repeating this performance against the Lions in Week 16.
Davis exited Monday's win over the Lions due to the knee injury and will now have his season cut short as the Cowboys begin to look ahead to the playoffs. The team signed fellow defensive lineman Richard Ash off the Jaguars practice squad to replace Davis. The Cowboys are dealing with several injuries on the defensive line, but will have a couple weeks to rest up before the divisional round of the playoffs.
Tapper said the situation is frustrating after his back flared up again just as he was close to being cleared. Look for more updates to come as the week goes on, but it doesn't seem likely that he'll be ready for Week 4.
Ash had been a member of the Jaguars' practice squad after appearing in one game for Jacksonville before being released in November. He'll function as defensive line depth for the Cowboys, but isn't expected to play a major role in Week 17.
He finishes the regular season with 27 made field goals on 32 attempts and a perfect 46-for-46 mark on PATs, giving Bailey more than 120 points for the fifth time in six seasons. The five misses are actually his most since he was a rookie, but with the Cowboys' offense looking like it will be a force in 2017 and beyond thanks to Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and a fantastic offensive line, Bailey should remain a rock-steady fantasy option at kicker.
Dallas' fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Wilson was hit in the eye while playing paintball in late July, but no long-term impairments are expected to manifest. Nonetheless, Wilson earned glowing reports from the Cowboys' coaching staff throughout the team's offseason program and appears headed for a backup role in 2016 behind the likes of Sean Lee and Kyle Wilber.
Moore is slated to undergo surgery Wednesday to address the issue, which for the moment leaves Dak Prescott and Jameill Showers -- a pair of inexperienced signal-callers -- as the team's backup options behind starting QB Tony Romo.
Thornton's availability boosts the Cowboys' defensive tackle depth, but with 22 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 13 games this season, the former Philadelphia Eagle is only an option in the deepest of IDP formats.
After a slow start, Bryant broke out with a 40-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter and scored again on a leaping seven-yard play in the fourth that completed the Cowboys' comeback. Unfortunately the Packers were able to pull out the victory, but Bryant got the postseason monkey off his back, as the two touchdowns were the first of his playoff career, and he led the team in targets, catches and yards as well. He displayed a growing rapport with Dak Prescott throughout the season and could return to the upper echelon of NFL wideouts next year if he can remain healthy.
The 24-year-old tackle has not played since Week 4, and it was recently announced that he is set to undergo season-ending back surgery. Emmett Cleary is slated to continue filling in at tackle with Green out.
If Showers is active for Sunday's game against Cincinnati, he'll likely just play special teams while serving as an emergency option at quarterback and safety. Mark Sanchez will still be the top backup to Dak Prescott.
Signed away from the Raiders last offseason, Mayowa didn't show much early in the year, but emerged as a legitimate pass-rushing threat down the stretch. With Randy Gregory now suspended for the entire 2017 campaign, Dallas will be looking for Mayowa to take on a bigger role next year, and he could challenge the double-digit mark in sacks.
Wilcox practiced in full all week and was expected to return after sitting out the team's past three games. He'll likely return to his role as a depth option at safety behind starters Barry Church and Byron Jones.
The specifics of his injury are still vague. Whatever it may be, though, does not appear to overly serious and Morris should be set to return in 2017.
Despite Dez Bryant's ongoing problems staying healthy, Butler didn't get many opportunities in 2016, seeing more than three targets in a game only once all season. He's a free agent this offseason, but unless he gets an offer to start from another team, he's just as likely to return to the Cowboys -- especially if Terrance Williams heads elsewhere.
The Cowboys own one of the league's most dominant offensive lines, so Cooper, a former first-round pick, will simply serve as depth at guard during the team's playoff run. The 26-year-old was let go by the Browns last week, but has 14 career starts under his belt and could be an adequate option to step in for the Cowboys in the event Ron Leary (back) and/or La'el Collins (toe) are unavailable in the divisional round.
Gregory missed the first 14 games of this season due to his first two violations of the policy, and a third will wipe away the entire 2017 campaign. Although he flashed the talent that made him a second-round pick in 2015 during the Cowboys' last two contests, he'll have to wait until 2018, at the very least, before his pass-rushing chops will be felt again.
All three have been limited during the offseason because of various aliments. Free dealt with a foot injury last season and Claiborne was bothered by a torn patellar tendon. Meanwhile, McClain is recovering from knee surgery in the offseason.
The team has already announced it's switching quarterbacks during their bye week, and are apparently considering other major changes to the offense as well as they prepare to face the Giants next weekend. Collins played well earlier in the year while Leary was injured, and while the move won't solve all the problems on an underachieving offensive line, it could help inject some life into the sputtering running game.
Lawrence logged just 11 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in nine games this season, but his return to action after missing three games with a back injury boosts the Cowboys' pass rush and depth at defensive end.
Evans hasn't practice since Jul. 31, as he's been dealing with a lower leg muscle strain. He's currently battling for a roster spot, so his return to the field was much needed, as he'll need to impress the coaching staff over the next few weeks. The 25-year-old wide receiver has yet to log action in a regular season game during his career, further exemplifying the uphill battle Evans has to make the final roster.
He heads into the playoffs having set new career highs in catches (75), targets (98) and yards (833), as Beasley quickly established a rapport with quarterback Dak Prescott and became the Cowboys' most dependable possession receiver. That role makes him far more valuable in PPR formats than in leagues with standard scoring, but with Terrance Williams' future in Dallas uncertain, Beasley could see even more passes head his way in 2017.
Witten's 14th season came to a close with Sunday's playoff defeat to the Packers, but the veteran plans on continuing his career next season. At 34 years old, Witten finished second on the Cowboys with 69 receptions for 673 yards and three touchdowns this year, and he also scored his first postseason touchdown Sunday. In what's currently slated to be his final season under contract in Dallas, Witten could very well become the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards and games played while suiting up in 2017.
Swaim sustained a season-ending pectoral injury in Sunday's victory over the Steelers. Only Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar remain as healthy options at tight end.
Making his first playoff appearance, Prescott was able to complete 63 percent of his throws while connecting with Dez Bryant for a pair of touchdowns and Jason Witten for another. He also led the Dallas offense to a last-minute field goal that tied the game just before Green Bay's winning field goal as time expired. Despite the fact that the season ended on a losing note, Prescott established himself as one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the NFL and acquitted himself extremely well on the postseason stage.
The severity of Claiborne's injury wasn't specified. Unless he can return, look for Anthony Brown to receive as much playing time as he can handle.
Crawford is thus slated to return to action following a two-game absence. He figures to move back into his starting role at defensive end, an assignment that gave him a modest degree of IDP utility in 2016. Crawford finished up the season with 28 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 14 games.
Nzeocha has been dealing with an achilles injury since the preseason, but will finally suit up in Week 5 against the Bengals. He will provide depth at middle linebacker behind starter Anthony Hitchens.
He had college soccer scholarship offers coming out of high school, so booting the ball isn't new for Heath. The backup safety has only seen one snap on defense this year, spending most of his time on the special teams coverage units, but if he is pressed into action as Dallas' kicker he could suddenly become a very sneaky IDP play.
Hyde, Johnson and Brock were all ruled out for Saturday's game on the team's final report, but Brooks joins them on the inactive list after being deemed questionable. The team will have running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Michael Crabtree active for the game.
The 49ers are a 1-point favorite for the Saturday night showdown with the Chargers.
Meanwhile, quarterback Blake Bortles (right shoulder, left ankle), defensive end Chris Clemons (knee), safety Josh Evans (foot), linebacker Jeremiah George (ankle), running back Toby Gerhart (shoulder) and defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (foot) were ruled out Week 14.
He once again failed to play a full 16-game schedule, but only because the Cowboys rested him in Week 17 with the No. 1 seed in the NFC already locked up. Lee's improved health and last year's switch to the weak side did wonders for his production, although he failed to record an interception for the first time in his career and was only credited with one pass defended. Jaylon Smith (knee) now seems to be on track to take over at middle linebacker in 2017, which could impact Lee's numbers, but as long as he's on the field he should remain a tackling machine.
Although he was absent from practice last Thursday due to an illness, Romo took part Friday and clearly showed no ill-effects during the initial session of divisional-round prep. He'll continue onward as the primary backup to starting QB Dak Prescott.
He played on the right side in Kansas City, but Mo Claiborne's lengthy injury history has forced Carr to line up on the left for most of his tenure in Dallas, with inconsistent (at best) results. Claiborne has actually been healthy so far this offseason though, so the team will try to ease Carr back into the spot where he's most comfortable. Don't expect this to have a big impact on Carr's IDP value if it lasts, but it could help the Cowboys' overall secondary play.
Martin was down for several minutes and a cart came onto the field. Martin was able to walk off under his own power, however, per the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Cowboys medical staff appeared to be tending to Martin's neck or shoulder.
McClain satisfied his previous 10-game suspension at the conclusion of Week 11, but is now facing further discipline due to a missed drug test. The Cowboys reportedly don't expect McClain to play another snap in the NFL.
Seems as if the middle linebacker is dealing with a minor setback and doesn't expect to be held out for any extended period of time. Look for his participation in Friday's practice to help determine his status for Sunday's tilt with the Cowboys. If he is ultimately ruled out, expect Mark Nzeocha to get the spot start.
This looks like a worthwhile pick for Dallas. Frazier provided a strong safety presence on a good Central Michigan defense in 2015, surpassing 100 tackles in the process. At the Central Michigan pro day, Frazier opened eyes with a 40.5-inch vertical, 128-inch broad jump and 6.88-second three-cone drill.
The Cowboys left Jones at safety this year rather than bouncing him around the secondary, and after a bit of a slow start his production exploded in the second half -- Jones racked up 62 tackles in his final eight games. Given his elite athleticism, there's no reason to suspect that's a fluke, so he could become a breakout IDP start in 2017.
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