|Offense||8th||134.0 (5th)||251.0 (16th)|
|Defense||22nd||89.3 (10th)||290.0 (23rd)|
|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|
|71||Collins, La'el||G||6-4||321||7/26/1993||2||Louisiana State|
|58||Crawford, Jack||DE||6-5||288||9/7/1988||5||Penn State|
|98||Crawford, Tyrone||DT||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|
|34||Jackson, Darius||RB||6-0||221||12/1/1993||R||Eastern Michigan|
|50||Lee, Sean||OLB||6-2||238||7/22/1986||7||Penn State|
|73||Looney, Joe||C||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|
|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|
|45||Smith, Rod||RB||6-3||231||1/10/1992||2||Ohio 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.||FS||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|
|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|
|26||Thomas, Josh (IR)||DB||5-11||196||5/3/1989||6||Buffalo|
|George, Jeremiah||LB||5-11||234||1/24/1992||3||Iowa State|
|16||Mayle, Vince||WR||6-2||228||6/12/1991||1||Washington State|
|Moore, Zach||DE||6-6||280||9/5/1990||3||Concordia-St. Paul|
|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|
|90||Lawrence, Demarcus||DE||6-3||270||4/28/1992||3||Boise 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.
By adding Smith to this list, the Cowboys will effectively keep their second round pick sidelined for the first six games of the 2016 season. Reports indicate that Smith is likely to be placed on IR once those six weeks pass. Entering the season, there was a small glimmer of hope that Smith could maybe find a way onto the field this year, but it appears the rookie won't be ready to showcase his health until 2017.
A tough son of a gun, Church brushed off a high ankle sprain for the last two months of the season, but a broken arm in Week 16 was too much to overcome in his quest for a third consecutive complete campaign. Despite the sprain and missing one game, the strong safety totaled 117 tackles (78 solo), which ranked third among defensive backs behind the Dolphins' Reshad Jones and the Bills' Corey Graham. Entering his age-28 season, Church is still within the window to produce elite numbers, and reaching triple digits in tackles would mark his third such occasion in four years.
Hanna underwent knee surgery in mid-August, but the injury he'd suffered is reportedly minor in nature when compared to other more prevalent knee injuries. He'll be restrained to the sidelines until Week 7, but has a legitimate chance at regaining the Cowboys' No. 2 tight end job before year's end.
Officially ruled out for at least the first six weeks of the season, McFadden still hasn't practiced since fracturing his elbow in early June. Even if doesn't regain the ability to fully extend his arm, McFadden should be available by mid-season. It does seem quite possible that McFadden's injury could have a long-term impact on his ability to contribute in the passing game, but the Cowboys already have a pair of capable receiving backs in Ezekiel Elliott and Lance Dunbar (knee). As for early downs, Alfred Morris is expected to serve as Elliott's top backup.
Moore was competing to add depth at left defensive tackle. He lost out in a position battle with Danielle Hunter. Moore was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
If Crawford is unable to play, David Irving projects to start at defensive end.
Collins broke his right foot in OTAs and went underneath the knife in late May. Now healthy, he's expected to assume a backup role his rookie year behind Tyrone Crawford.
The 27-year-old was expected to serve as a depth cornerback for the Cowboys during the 2016 season. Daxton Swanson and Arjen Colquhoun are likely to fill in during his absence.
Escobar's listing behind Swaim is likely due in part to the torn achilles Escobar suffered last season, as his recovery process lasted into training camp. However, Escobar avoided the PUP list, meaning he will be eligible to play Week 1. Even if he is a full go against the Giants on Sunday, Escobar's listing behind Geoff Swaim on the depth chart could mean a loss of playing time, and his fantasy production will always be hit-or-miss with the remarkably consistent Jason Witten taking most of the snaps at tight end.
Elliott didn't have fumbling issues in college, and Jones believes the rookie running back has proper technique to avoid any such problems in the future. Things could change if Elliott keeps fumbling, but it doesn't sound like the one shaky performance will have much impact on his workload beyond Sunday's win. Alfred Morris closed out the game with Dallas' final three carries, bringing him up to five touches for the afternoon. Lance Dunbar also had five, while Elliott had 23 (two catches).
It was his only return of the day, but Whitehead also got one carry for 11 yards and caught his only target for six yards. He showed flashes last year as a kick returner but if he can become a more consistent threat to break a big one, especially considering the new touchback rule the NFL is adopting this season, it would go a long way towards locking up a roster spot for Whitehead.
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.
The sixth round pick showed flashes of his ability all through the preseason but Jackson remains on the bubble for a spot on the Cowboys' 53-man roster with Ezekiel Elliott, Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar all locked into jobs and Darren McFadden working his way back from an elbow injury. If Jackson does get cut though, don't be surprised if he's scooped up quickly by a team with less depth at running back rather than making it to Dallas' practice squad.
McClain's injury was not disclosed other than being labeled as a toe injury, which makes it difficult to know how long he'll be out. He should be considered day-to-day until more news is available. His absence leaves Dallas with just two healthy defensive tackles, Cedric Thornton and Rodney Coe, both of whom figure to see an even larger increase in reps with McClain out.
It is unlikely that Williams' lack of action had to do with his failure to get out of bounds in the closing moments of Dallas' Week 1 loss. What's more likely is that rookie passer Dak Prescott is relying on inside targets Jason Witten and Cole Beasley, with Dez Bryant serving as the outside and big-play threat. That might be more troublesome for Williams, who was targeted just four times in Week 1. A potent red-zone threat, Williams already has two games of four or fewer targets this season after just four all of last season.
It was a little bit of sweet revenge for Morris, who was let go by Washington in the offseason. Ezekiel Elliott's fumbling issues could get Morris more touches in the short term, but he still remains firmly behind the rookie on the Cowboys' depth chart.
His hand is still in a cast to protect the healing digit, but Gachkar will at least have a couple of weeks to get his game legs under him. The thumb injury likely cost him any chance of winning the starting middle linebacker spot that opened up due to Rolando McClain's latest suspension, but Gachkar could still be ready for Week 1 and see significant snaps during the season.
That's basically a two-down role in Rod Marinelli's defense, as the Sam LB gets replaced on passing downs, so Wilbur isn't likely to have a lot of IDP value even as a starter. With Rolando McClain suspended and a number of other LBs banged up though, including Sean Lee (knee), Wilbur's job should be fairly safe through the first few weeks of the season.
If there's an encouraging sign for Dunbar going forward, it's that Jason Witten and Cole Beasley combined for 26 targets in Week 1 as rookie quarterback Dak Prescott focused on underneath routes rather than stretching the field. Those routes are Dunbar's specialty, so his workload could increase once he's demonstrated that his knee is healthy again.
Irving's availability for Friday's preseason matchup against the Dolphins appears to be in doubt and a concrete timetable for a return has yet to be released. Irving was expected to see significant reps during that game due to the Cowboys' struggles with current depth on the defensive line, so it's a tough blow for the 22-year-old who was looking for an increased role. Irving was signed off the team's practice squad last season, eventually suiting up in 12 games, while recording 13 tackles and 0.5 sacks.
Davis was released by the Jaguars following the preseason, where he spent his first four seasons in the league and recorded 10 sacks over the past two years. He figures to provide depth as a pass-rusher off the edge for the Cowboys' defense, and with back-up defensive end Charles Tapper (back) questionable for Week 2, Davis could see his first action of the season Sunday against the Redskins.
Tapper seems to be in the final stretch of his recovery from the back ailment, and could return as soon as Week 2. His level of participation in next week's practices will shed more light on the situation.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, Bailey was stuck on the sidelines rather than getting a chance to boot his third long field goal of the day and steal a win after Terrance Williams failed to get out of bounds on what ended up being the final play of the game. The All-Pro kicker is in line for another productive season if the Dallas offense continues to struggle in the red zone with rookie Dak Prescott under center.
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.
Gilliam caught a fake field goal touchdown during the NFC Championship Game for Seattle.
The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England.
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.
A run-stuffing defensive end in the Eagles' 3-4 defense, Thornton will shift inside for the Cowboys and line up next to Tyrone Crawford at defensive tackle, replacing Nick Hayden in the starting lineup. There won't be a lot of IDP value for Thornton in that role, but he should help solidify Dallas' team defense, and having a more active partner at DT could boost Crawford's numbers as well.
Bryant appeared to catch a nice touchdown pass in the second quarter, but the play was ultimately overturned via replay, as he bobbled the ball a bit in the back of the end zone. Dak Prescott didn't throw a touchdown pass, but didn't look bad, primarily using Jason Witten and Cole Beasley, who combined to catch 17 passes for 131 yards. It would be unwise to expect Bryant to be held down for too long, but next week's game at Washington represents a challenge, as the star wideout will likely square off against prized free agent Josh Norman.
The Cowboys waived linebacker Jonathan Brown, wide receivers Antwan Goodley and David Porter and and tight end Brandon Barden. They also waived/injured defensive end Kenneth Boatright, running back Michael Hill and offensive tackle R.J. Dill.
Leary's absence from the field on Sunday comes as a bit of a surprise, as he was a full participant in practice all week. As a depth lineman, even if healthy, Leary wouldn't see too much action, so his absence on Sunday shouldn't be an issue.
Showers was released by the Cowboys on Saturday, after the team signed Mark Sanchez to open the season as Dak Prescott's backup. If Sanchez or Prescott were to suffer an injury before Tony Romo (back) returns, Showers might find his way back onto the Dallas roster. The 2015 UDFA spent the vast majority of last season on the practice squad.
The Cowboys lured Mayowa away from the Raiders earlier this offseason, but he needed arthroscopic knee surgery in June and landed on the team's PUP list to begin training camp. Now nearing full strength, Mayowa will provide depth along Dallas' defensive line.
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.
Butler showed flashes of big-play ability in the preseason, but it's unlikely that he'll have much of an opportunity to continue during the season. As one might expect, rookie quarterback Dak Prescott leaned heavily on his veteran tight end Jason Witten and shifty slotman Cole Beasley in his debut and established outside targets Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams remain in the wings along with a powerful run game. Simply put, there might not be enough downs for Butler to make a consistent impact.
The defensive end is currently serving a four-game suspension and is undergoing treatment for substance abuse, but a longer suspension is still looming as the NFL takes its time in scheduling a hearing on his appeal. After a lackluster Week 1 showing from the Cowboys' pass rush they could really use Gregory in the lineup, but his eventual return date remains up in the air.
The team is reportedly giving up a draft pick in compensation, but it's unclear what round. McCain (6-5, 236) has seven tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble across 18 total appearances, but is yet to start a game at the NFL level. He finally may have a chance to start with the Saints though as the team doesn't appear convinced Kasim Edebali can make up for the loss of Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) and first-round pick Sheldon Rankins (broken fibula) is expected to miss the first four weeks of the regular season.
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.
Scandrick did not practice this week and appears unlikely to square off against the Bears.
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 received the four-game suspension back in April and filed an appeal in May. Now that the suspension has been upheld it's clear that Dallas will be without Lawrence, Randy Gregory (suspension), and Rolando McClain (suspension) to start the year, three significant players on the team's front seven. With Lawrence out, Ryan Russell, David Irving, and Benson Mayowa figure to see some extra snaps to start the year.
Beasley was visibly shaken up after taking a hard hit on the opening series, but he returned to the game in short order and had no problem making his presence felt. He nearly posted a much bigger stat line, coming up just inches shy of the goal line on a 29-yard gain in the second quarter. As mentioned on NBC's broadcast of the game, it was the first pass Beasley has ever caught more than 20 yards downfield. Such is life for an undersized slot target, and in any case, the lack of big-play potential doesn't seem to bother Dak Prescott, who can (theoretically) look to Dez Bryant when he wants to go deep. While Bryant eventually figures to supplant him, Beasley enters a Week 4 matchup against San Francisco as the team leader in targets (25), receptions (20) and receiving yards (213).
Signed in mid-July after considering retirement during the offseason, Durant worked behind Anthony Hitchens through the first two weeks of the preseason. However, the 30-year-old Durant still has a shot to enter Week 1 as a starter, potentially even working in a three-down role. It's still a long shot, but there is some chance Durant could be a serviceable IDP option for the first time since early in the 2014 season.
It was a steep decline from Week 1's nine-catch effort, but Witten remains a valuable commodity even with his long-time battery-mate Tony Romo shelved. Just as Witten's rapport with Romo made the veteran tight end valuable, Witten's reliability should make him a continued safety net for rookie Dak Prescott.
Swaim suited up for a full practice both Thursday and Friday, and although he's presumably healthy, the second-year tight end isn't expected to see a major workload behind veteran Jason Witten. Swaim was targeted just once on 16 offensive snaps in the team's Week 1 matchup.
Prescott was once again efficient while taking a backseat to the Dallas running game, though this time around he was actually a part of the rushing attack, most notably on a one-yard plunge at the goal line. He later recorded the first passing touchdown of his career, and he was able to pick up key first downs whenever the Cowboys seemed like they might be letting the lead slip. While won't be turned loose unless the team has to play from behind, Prescott is shockingly poised and accurate for a rookie, giving him serious upside when such a scenario arises. Dating back to the preseason, he's yet to commit a turnover in the NFL. Next week brings a favorable matchup in San Francisco, though game flow could work in Ezekiel Elliott's favor more so than Prescott's.
Putting him on the left side has allowed the Cowboys to move Brandon Carr back to the right, the role he filled during his days with the Chiefs, and if Claiborne holds up it would also allow Orlando Scandrick (knee) to stay in the slot once he's back on the field. Claiborne will need to prove he can stay on the field before everyone will really anticipate a rebound from him, but so far, so good.
Though Nzeocha was able to participate in practices throughout the week, it appears unlikely he'll make his season debut in Sunday's matchup against the Bears.
The sixth round pick dealt with a hamstring injury during training camp but appears fully recovered. Brown is in a tough fight for a 53-man roster spot as a depth DB and special teams player with the likes of Deji Olatoye and Dax Swanson.
After a stellar preseason, Dak Prescott proved to head coach Jason Garrett and the rest of the Cowboys' decision makers that he's capable of running the offense in Tony Romo's (back) stead. However, with only second-year pro Jameill Showers available for quarterback duty, Sanchez will be brought in to provide a veteran presence in the QB room.
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.
This does give Smith a slightly better path to the 53-man roster, as the selection of Ezekiel Elliott (Smith's former college roommate) and Darius Jackson in the draft as well as the offseason signing of Albert Morris leaves the RB depth chart very full for the Cowboys. The team also drafted Smith's younger brother, Jaylen, in the second round, so he certainly has plenty of incentive to stick with the club even beyond the usual factors.
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.
Lee was a limited participant in practice since going down last week, but it's unclear as to whether he was a limited participant or not on Monday because only a portion of practice was open to the media. Nonetheless, his participation only bodes well his health, as well of his chances of suiting up for Sunday's NFC East showdown against the Giants.
Romo's X-rays were simply done to see how his recovery was going and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said everything was on track afterward. Although Jones was unsure when Romo would take the next step in his rehab, Romo's initial 6-to-10 week timetable still appears to be in effect. While Romo continues to nurse his injured back, rookie Dak Prescott will keep Dallas' starting quarterback position.
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 has already been suspended for the first 10 games of the upcoming season, but was still expected to report for training camp Wednesday. Since McClain, who skipped most of Dallas' offseason program, remains away from the team, his status appears increasingly shaky. Furthermore, after the Cowboys signed veteran Justin Durant recently, McClain's open roster spot could be filled by another linebacker, making McClain more expendable.
He's started 20 games over the last two years filling in for McClain and Sean Lee, and that familiarity with the system gives Hitchens an edge over veteran Andrew Gachkar and second-year player Mark Nzeocha. Hitchens' production took a step backwards last season though, and if the ultra-athletic Nzeocha flashes in training camp and the preseason he could put a lot of pressure on Hitchens for the job.
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 needed to add a skill player with Lance Dunbar getting placed on injured, so Mayle will get his shot. Look for him to see limited snaps initially.
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