Dallas Cowboys

Stadium: AT&T Stadium | Coach: Jason Garrett
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense13th135.6 (3rd)196.3 (25th)
Defense8th104.0 (8th)214.1 (13th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
76Ash, Richard NT6-33208/4/19921Western Michigan
33Awuzie, Chidobe CB5-112025/24/1995RColorado
5Bailey, Dan K6-01951/26/19887Oklahoma State
11Beasley, Cole WR5-81804/26/19896Southern Methodist
75Bell, Byron T6-53201/17/19897New Mexico
23Benwikere, Bene' DB6-01959/3/19914San Jose State
85Brown, Noah WR6-22251/6/1996ROhio State
30Brown, Anthony CB5-1119612/15/19932Purdue
88Bryant, Dez WR6-222011/4/19888Oklahoma State
19Butler, Brice WR6-32201/29/19905San Diego State
97Charlton, Taco DE6-527011/7/1994RMichigan
96Collins, Maliek DT6-23084/8/19952Nebraska
71Collins, La'el T6-43207/26/19933LSU
64Cooper, Jonathan G6-23081/19/19905North Carolina
98Crawford, Tyrone DE6-429011/22/19896Boise State
78Edwards, Kadeem G6-43151/24/19912Tennessee State
21Elliott, Ezekiel RB6-02287/22/19952Ohio State
35Frazier, Kavon SS6-02208/11/19942Central Michigan
72Frederick, Travis C6-43203/18/19915Wisconsin
79Green, Chaz G6-53184/8/19923Florida
84Hanna, James TE6-42607/14/19896Oklahoma
38Heath, Jeff SS6-12125/14/19915Saginaw Valley State
59Hitchens, Anthony MLB6-02356/10/19924Iowa
95Irving, David DT6-72908/18/19933Iowa State
89Jarwin, Blake TE6-52607/16/1994ROklahoma State
56Johnson, Tre'Von LB6-12352/10/1995RWeber State
56Jones, Datone DE6-52887/24/19905UCLA
6Jones, Chris P6-02057/21/19896Carson-Newman
31Jones, Byron FS6-02059/26/19923Connecticut
91LaDouceur, L.P. LS6-52563/13/198113California
90Lawrence, Demarcus DE6-32654/28/19924Boise State
50Lee, Sean MLB6-22457/22/19868Penn State
14Lenoir, Lance WR6-02102/9/1995RWestern Illinois
27Lewis, Jourdan CB5-101958/31/1995RMichigan
73Looney, Joe G6-33158/31/19905Wake Forest
53March-Lillard, Justin LB6-02227/5/19933Akron
70Martin, Zack G6-431511/20/19904Notre Dame
93Mayowa, Benson DE6-32658/3/19915Idaho
46Morris, Alfred RB5-1022212/12/19886Florida Atlantic
66Neal, Lewis DE6-02805/17/1995RLSU
4Prescott, Dak QB6-22387/29/19932Mississippi State
68Ross, Daniel DE6-43103/5/1993RNortheast Mississippi CC
7Rush, Cooper QB6-322511/21/1993RCentral Michigan
54Smith, Jaylon OLB6-22456/14/19951Notre Dame
41Smith, Keith FB6-02404/8/19924San Jose State
45Smith, Rod RB6-32351/10/19923Ohio State
87Swaim, Geoff TE6-42609/16/19933Texas
10Switzer, Ryan WR5-818511/4/1994RNorth Carolina
51Wilber, Kyle OLB6-42454/26/19896Wake Forest
83Williams, Terrance WR6-22109/18/19895Baylor
57Wilson, Damien OLB6-12455/28/19933Minnesota
82Witten, Jason TE6-62635/6/198215Tennessee
25Woods, Xavier SS5-112027/26/1995RLouisiana Tech
Injured Players
4Dysert, Zac (IR) QB6-32212/8/19902Miami (Ohio)
80Gathers, Rico (IR) TE6-62851/7/19941Baylor
55Paea, Stephen (IR) DT6-12955/11/19887Oregon State
92Price, Brian (IR) DT6-33186/24/19941Texas-San Antonio
32Scandrick, Orlando (IR) CB5-101962/10/198710Boise State
77Smith, Tyron (IR) T6-532012/12/19907Southern California
99Tapper, Charles (IR) DE6-22705/7/19932Oklahoma
26Thomas, Duke (IR) DB5-101925/21/19941Texas
Practice Squad
 Brown, Brian WR6-120810/22/1994RRichmond
 Cannon, KD WR6-018011/5/1995RBaylor
 Jones, Jarron T6-63203/11/1994RNotre Dame
 Moore, Kellen QB6-02007/12/19896Boise State
 Showers, Jameill DB6-22229/6/19911Texas-El Paso
 Vellano, Joe DT6-230010/30/19884Maryland
39White, Marquez CB6-019010/29/1994RFlorida State
34Williams, Trey RB5-720012/11/19921Texas A&M
Suspended Players
94Gregory, Randy DE6-525511/23/19922Nebraska
 
 
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Position Listing
Jaylon Smith
News
Smith finished the regular season with 81 tackles (50 solo), two passes defended, two forced fumbles and a sack in 16 games.

While he had his ups and down as a rookie, it's still impressive that he was able to suit up for all 16 games given that he missed the entire 2016 campaign recovering from the catastrophic knee injury that ended his college career at Notre Dame. Cowboys starting middle linebacker Anthony Hitchens is a free agent, and if Hitchens heads elsewhere Smith could enter 2018 atop the depth chart at the position, a spot that would provide him with some intriguing IDP upside -- especially if he regains more of the elite athleticism he flashed in college with further rehab.

Tre'Von Johnson
No Updates
Datone Jones
News
The 49ers released Jones on Tuesday, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.

Jones' dismissal hints that the 49ers may be preparing to activate fellow defensive end Tank Carradine (ankle) from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Seahawks. The 2013 first-round pick appeared in three games for the 49ers, logging six tackles and no sacks.

Trey Williams
News
Williams signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Williams spent three games on the Cowboys' 53-man roster during Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension, but was a healthy scratch for each contest. The 25-year-old hasn't seen game action since a brief two-game stint with the Colts to close the 2015 season.

James Hanna
News
Hanna finished the regular season with four catches on nine targets for 88 yards and his first career NFL touchdown.

The fifth-year tight end's blocking skill and contributions on special teams have kept him in the No. 2 spot on the Cowboys depth chart, but it's a role that's offered little fantasy upside behind Jason Witten. With Witten set to return in 2018 and young TEs like Rico Gathers pushing for snaps, Hanna isn't likely to see his usage in the passing game increase next season.

Blake Jarwin
News
Jarwin was promoted to the Cowboys' active roster Thursday, the Cowboys' official site reports.

The Cowboys will bolster their tight end depth this week by adding Jarwin, an undrafted rookie from Oklahoma State, to the active roster. In a corresponding move, the team parted ways with quarterback Kellen Moore.

Maliek Collins
News
Collins recently underwent surgery on his left foot, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Collins previously underwent surgery on his right foot prior to the start of his rookie season of 2016 and appeared in all 16 games for the Cowboys that year, so this latest foot procedure shouldn't affect his readiness for the 2018 campaign. Despite being bothered by the left foot issue throughout the past season, Collins once again played all 16 games, accruing 22 tackles and 2.5 sacks along the way.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Ezekiel Elliott
News
Elliott carried the ball 27 times for 103 yards while adding three catches for 38 yards in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Eagles.

Very little went right for either offense in this one, but Elliott still came through with his fifth 100-yard rushing performance in 10 games and fell just 17 yards shy of another 1000-yard season. Assuming he stays out of the league's disciplinary crosshairs in 2018 and avoids another suspension, Elliott should be primed for a very productive campaign as the centerpiece of the Cowboys' offense.

Travis Frederick
News
Frederick was named to his fourth Pro Bowl team as a reserve Tuesday, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The center continues to anchor one of the elite blocking units in the league, and his consistency has helped the Cowboys work in a new starting left guard this season in Jonathan Cooper without losing too much efficiency. Frederick joins offensive linemates Zack Martin and Tyron Smith (knee) on this year's Pro Bowl squad.

Tyron Smith
News
Smith (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Smith has battled through injuries to his back, groin and hip since training camp started, so his current knee sprain combined with the Cowboys' elimination from postseason contention is enough reason to shelve Smith for the remainder of the campaign. The Cowboys also sent CB Orlando Scandrick to injured reserve this past week, calling up WR Lance Lenoir and OT Kadeem Edwards to fill the vacant roster spots. Chaz Green will likely fill in at left tackle for Sunday's game against Philly.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Jarron Jones
No Updates
Terrance Williams
News
Williams finished the regular season with 53 catches on 78 targets for 568 yards and added two rushes for 15 yards.

After signing a four-year contract in the offseason to stay in Dallas, Williams then delivered the worst season of his NFL career, failing to crack the 600-yard mark for the second straight campaign while posting a career-low 10.7 yards per catch and failing to score a touchdown after averaging five a season through his first four years in the league. Dak Prescott's difficulty stretching the field certainly played a part in Williams' poor performance, but the receiver also struggled to get open on the routes he was given. The Cowboys are expected to revamp their passing game in the offseason, and while his spot on the roster appears safe for now, Williams could face additional competition for targets in 2018 if the team brings in new blood through the draft at wide receiver.

Alfred Morris
News
Morris finished the regular season with 115 carries for 547 yards and a touchdown.

His 4.8 yards per carry average was his best mark since his rookie season in 2012. Kept on in Dallas as an insurance policy, Morris got his chance to shine while Ezekiel Elliott served a six-game suspension late in the season, with the high-water mark of his campaign being a 27-carry, 127-yard explosion against his former Washington club in Week 13. Morris will head into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, and while he's highly unlikely to get any offers that would make him a full-time starter once again, he's proven his value as a backup or committee RB who can handle a big workload if necessary.

Kadeem Edwards
News
Edwards was promoted to the Cowboys' active roster Friday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Edwards received this promotion in the wake of OT Tyron Smith being placed on injured reserve. He'll work in as a depth lineman for the time being.

Kyle Wilber
News
WIlber (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Redskins.

Wilber did not practice Wednesday and Thursday before finishing the week with a limited session. Fellow reserve linebacker Justin Durant (groin) is also listed as questionable, which could leave Jaylon Smith and Justin March-Lillard as the only reserve linebackers should Wilber and Durant be unable to play.

Daniel Ross
No Updates
David Irving
News
Irving (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Irving did not practice again this week and will finish the season with four straight missed games due to lingering symptoms from a concussion. The Cowboys' depth at defensive tackle could be tested once again Sunday with Richard Ash (shoulder) listed as questionable.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
Noah Brown
News
Brown suited up for 13 games in 2017, catching four of nine targets for 33 yards.

Seven of those nine targets came in the final five games of the season, as the rookie earned enough trust from the coaching staff to begin seeing regular snaps on offense, if not regular looks from Dak Prescott. Brown is currently buried on the depth chart in Dallas, and the team could well add another receiving option with a top pick in the draft, but the team still likes his upside as a 21-year-old. If Dez Bryant were to ever become a cap casualty, Brown's size and physicality could make him a natural replacement as an intriguing red-zone and possession option.

Taco Charlton
News
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli wants to see Charlton more involved in upcoming games, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Charlton played a season-high 38 snaps in Week 7, recording just one tackle and one pass breakup. Marinelli says the defensive end is making "baby steps", but he wants the rookie first-round pick to bring his game to another level. Charlton is the only defensive end that was chosen in the first round in the 2017 draft that hasn't recorded a sack yet, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Charles Tapper
News
Tapper (foot) has been given an updated recovery timetable of 8-10 weeks, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Tapper was originally given a timetable for 10-12 weeks, but with the potential to now return a couple weeks sooner, the defensive end could could end up being activated off injured reserve later in the season. David Irving, who is returning from a four-game suspension, is expected to take on the roster spot left open by Tapper's absence.

Injury
Foot - Injured Reserve
Richard Ash
News
Ash (shoulder) is active for Sunday's season finale against Philadelphia, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Ash was questionable entering Sunday's game after sitting out last week's contest. He'll likely see a larger than usual role with David Irving (concussion) sidelined.

Chidobe Awuzie
News
Awuzie left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury and didn't return, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Before injuring his shoulder, Awuzie was able to haul in his first career interception Sunday. The rookie second-round pick has seen an increased role in the four previous games, making 16 tackles and breaking up six passes. Awuzie proved a lot down the final stretch, so he should be on fantasy radars once the 2018 season approaches.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Brian Brown
No Updates
Dan Bailey
News
Bailey finished an injury-plagued regular season having connected on only 75 percent (15-for-20) of his field-goal attempts while missing the first two extra points of his NFL career.

All seven of those misses came in the final four games of the season, and it's fair to wonder whether Bailey rushed back too soon from a groin injury that kept him out of action from Weeks 8-11. The normally reliable kicker will get the whole offseason to heal and correct any bad habits that crept into his technique down the stretch, and he should be back to his usual self in 2018.

Zac Dysert
News
Dysert (back) cleared waivers and was reverted to injured reserve on Tuesday.

This back injury was going to keep Dysert out for the remainder of the season, so it's no surprise that he was waived/injured almost immediately. Expect him to be in the hunt for a backup or practice squad role once he finishes his recovery.

Injury
Back - Injured Reserve
Damien Wilson
News
Wilson was cleared Wednesday of two aggravated assault charges stemming from a July 4 incident in Frisco, Texas, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Wilson had been facing two counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly backed his truck into a woman and flashed a rifle at another man. Now that he's been cleared of the charges, Wilson isn't expected to be subject to any discipline from the league or the Cowboys, allowing him to continue serving in a starting role at linebacker. Wilson has accrued 11 tackles and has broken up one pass through the Cowboys' first five contests.

Lewis Neal
News
The Cowboys signed Neal off their practice squad Wednesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

After being cut by the Cowboys following training camp, Neal will be added to a 53-man roster for the first time in his NFL career. The undrafted rookie out of LSU will take the spot of Brian Price (knee), who is headed to season-ending injured reserve.

Kellen Moore
News
Moore is expected to announce his retirement but stay on with the Cowboys as their new quarterbacks coach, Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reports.

The former Boise State QB finished last season on Dallas' practice squad after losing his backup job to rookie Cooper Rush, and Moore will finish his NFL career having appeared in only three games, all of which came with the Cowboys in 2015. His move into the coaching ranks would also seem to indicate that Scott Linehan will stick around as Dallas' offensive coordinator, as the two have a history together dating back to 2012 with the Lions.

Dez Bryant
News
Bryant caught three of eight targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Eagles.

It's now been three seasons since Bryant reached the 1000-yard plateau, but unlike 2015 and 2016, he doesn't have an injury to excuse his decline. He just turned 29 in November, so it might be too soon to write him off, but with the Cowboys offense now firmly focused on Ezekiel Elliott and the ground game, it may be tough for Bryant to ever again produce numbers comparable to his peak when he was catching goal-line fades from Tony Romo on a regular basis.

Chaz Green
News
Green (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Green sat out Friday's practice session due to a sore hip but the issue doesn't appear to be overly serious. He's expected to resume his typical role along the starting offensive line.

Justin March-Lillard
News
March-Lillard signed a contract with the Cowboys on Wednesday, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

March-Lillard was waived Saturday by the Seahawks after playing exclusively on special teams during his lone game with the team. The 24-year-old is likely to see a similar role in Dallas now that middle linebacker Anthony Hitchens has returned from a knee injury.

Jameill Showers
News
Showers signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Monday.

Showers signed with Dallas' practice squad as a quarterback in early September but was then converted to safety. With a full offseason working in the secondary he may be able to secure a role as a depth safety and special teams player in 2017.

Benson Mayowa
News
Mayowa (back) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Mayowa started the week as a limited participant but was unable to practice Thursday and Friday. Taco Charlton and Datone Jones should serve as the Cowboys' reserve defensive ends for Sunday's season finale.

Injury
Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Rico Gathers
News
Gathers (concussion) will start attending team meetings next week, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Gathers has been on injured reserve all season while dealing with serious post-concussion symptoms. It sounds like he's at least a few weeks away from returning to practice, but he could be a candidate to come off IR at some point in December. While Gathers is unlikely to have much impact this season even if he returns, there's some thought that the Cowboys view him as the eventual successor to Jason Witten. The 2016 sixth-round pick played basketball (and not football) at Baylor, but he had the look of a quick study during the preseason when he caught eight of 10 targets for 106 yards and two touchdowns in two games.

Injury
Concussion - Injured Reserve
Keith Smith
News
Smith saw snaps in all 16 games in 2017, failing to get a carry and catching all five of his targets for 26 yards.

The fullback received regular special-teams work, but the Cowboys preferred to use two-tight end sets rather than two-back formations, limiting Smith's usage on offense. Assuming he retains his spot on the roster in 2018, don't expect Smith's role to change.

Brice Butler
News
Butler caught both his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Eagles.

It was a poor display from both offenses in a game that meant little to either team, but Butler's 20-yard TD catch early in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference. The 27-year-old once again failed to make much of an impact over the course of the season, with his 317 receiving yards on the year being a new career high, and while Butler's size and speed have never been question, it appears that he'll never be anything more than a depth option in an NFL offense.

Cooper Rush
News
Rush took snaps in only two games in 2017, completing one of three passes for two yards and gaining 13 yards on two carries.

The undrafted free agent mostly watched from the sidelines behind Dak Prescott, but the Cowboys feel as though Rush has the potential to develop into an NFL-caliber quarterback down the road. The team may bring in some competition for him in the later rounds of the draft, but in all likelihood Rush will enter 2018 as the team's No. 2 and, barring an injury to Prescott, will once again see occasional action at the end of blowouts.

Xavier Woods
News
The Cowboys selected Woods in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 191st overall.

Woods is as good of a value pick as any team could hope to find at this point in the draft, and his landing spot in Dallas is ideal. On tape, Woods showed an ability to play center field and track the ball, which helped him pick off five passes as a senior. However, he also showed willingness as a tackler when Louisiana Tech lined him up in the box. Considering Dallas' exodus of defensive backs this offseason, reloading through the draft was a priority. Woods is yet another defensive back that could find his way onto the field as a rookie despite his low draft slot.

Jonathan Cooper
News
Cooper recently underwent surgery to repair the MCL in one of his knees, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

Cooper reportedly sprained his knee in the Cowboys' season finale against the Eagles. Set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year, Cooper is expected to return to full health in time for offseason workouts wherever he may sign.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Duke Thomas
News
Thomas (foot) was moved to injured reserve Saturday, SportsDay reports.

Thomas suffered some sort of lower-leg injury in the third preseason game. Barring an injury settlement, he's likely stuck on IR through the end of the season.

Injury
Foot - Injured Reserve
Joe Vellano
News
Vellano was waived Tuesday by the Falcons, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Vellano was waived in order to create a roster spot for the newly signed Sean Weatherspoon. Vellano was originally signed for depth purposes on the defensive line, but his services were no longer needed upon the return of Courtney Upshaw (ankle).

Randy Gregory
News
The NFL isn't expected to clear Gregory (suspension) if he decides to apply for reinstatement when first eligible to do so Nov. 6, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports.

Gregory was handed a one-year suspension from the league in January 2017 following multiple failed drug tests, so even if he were reinstated after the year is up, it would come after the current regular season has already concluded. While he's reportedly spent significant time in a rehab facility over the past year and had passed league-administered tests as recently as September, optimism regarding Gregory's reinstatement has seemed to fade over the past few weeks. Sources close to the situation declined to provide specifics behind why Gregory's reinstatement could be delayed, but the Cowboys will wait for the defensive end to get his personal life in order until he's comfortable pursuing a return to professional football. Gregory has appeared in just 14 games for the Cowboys since being selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended indefinitely
Orlando Scandrick
News
Scandrick (back) will be placed on injured reserve Friday according to Todd Archer of ESPN.com.

The veteran cornerback has missed the past three games due to two separate fractures in his back, leaving him unavailable for Sunday's season finale. Scandrick recorded 38 tackles (32 solo) and three passes defensed in 11 games this season, but it is the first time he did not record an interception since 2012. He is under contract for one more season with Dallas, where he's spent his entire nine-year career. However, his return to the team isn't guaranteed, especially considering the Cowboys' decision to give more reps to their younger secondary talent throughout this season.

Injury
Back - Injured Reserve
La'el Collins
News
Collins (back) is active for Sunday's matchup with the Eagles, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Collins missed practice on Wednesday but was able to return in limited fashion on Thursday and Friday. He played through his back injury to see his typical role along the starting offensive line last week and appears set to do so once again.

Demarcus Lawrence
News
Lawrence expects to return to the Cowboys in 2018, either after signing a long-term contract in the offseason or via the franchise tag, Todd Archer of ESPN reports. "I mean, I already know what my situation is," Lawrence said Monday. "I really don't care about it because I already know how the Cowboys feel about me, and they know how I feel about the organization. My agent will take care of everything, bro. He knows how it feels. He knows my right moves, so he'll do it."

The fourth-year pass rusher is due for a huge raise after recording a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2017, tying Calais Campbell for second in the league behind Chandler Jones. Getting Lawrence locked into a long-term deal is likely to be one of the Cowboys' top priorities over the spring, but with David Irving and Anthony Hitchens also headed for free agency, the team may not have enough cap space available to keep all of its key defensive personnel.

Ryan Switzer
News
Switzer finished the regular season with six catches on seven targets for 41 yards, five rushing yards on four carries, and 856 return yards including a punt return for a touchdown.

The rookie wide receiver didn't get much of a chance to contribute on offense, but he improved as a kick returner as the season progressed, with his Week 13 punt return TD against Washington standing as the highlight of his campaign. As long as Cole Beasley is a Cowboy, Switzer likely won't see much action as a slot receiver, but he should enter 2018 as the team's primary return man.

Cole Beasley
News
Beasley finished the regular season with 36 catches on 63 targets for 314 yards and four touchdowns.

The slot receiver failed to build on his impressive 2016, topping 33 receiving yards only once while never catches more than four passes in any game, and his fantasy utility was essentially confined to two games -- a pair of two-TD performances in Weeks 5 and 9. Depending on how the Cowboys address their ineffective aerial attack in the offseason, Beasley's role and even his roster spot could be in jeopardy heading into 2018.

Jason Witten
News
Witten said after Sunday's 6-0 win over the Eagles that he intends to come back in 2018, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports.

His 2017 season didn't exactly end on a high note, as he caught only two of three passes for 17 yards, but Witten still feels like he can contribute to the Cowboys. The 35-year-old posted career lows in catches, receiving yards and targets this season, however, and at this point he offers no downfield threat at all, simply providing Dak Prescott with a reliable checkdown option. With the team likely looking for ways to add more of a vertical element to its offense next season, it's hard to imagine Witten's production bouncing back in any way.

Geoff Swaim
News
Swaim suited up for 15 games in 2017, catching both his targets for 25 yards.

The third-year tight end was able to stay healthy, but snaps were hard to come by behind Jason Witten and James Hanna and he saw most of his action on special teams. Swaim has yet to shown he can be anything more than a depth option in the NFL, and with Rico Gathers looking for playing time in 2018, Swaim's path to a regular role will become that much steeper.

Dak Prescott
News
Prescott completed 17 of 30 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown while running the ball twice for 16 yards in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Eagles.

His 20-yard TD strike to Brice Butler early in the fourth quarter accounted for the only points in a game that meant little to either team. Prescott finished his second NFL campaign with fewer passing yards, fewer touchdowns, a lower completion percentage, a lower YPA and more INTs than he did as a rookie, but his rushing contributions helped keep his fantasy value afloat. The Cowboys will likely make it a priority to generate more of a vertical threat in 2018, but as yet Prescott hasn't demonstrated that he's capable of carrying the team's offense for any meaningful stretch.

Lance Lenoir
News
Lenoir was promoted to the Cowboys' active roster Friday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Lenoir saw a roster spot open up when OT Tyron Smith and CB Orlando Scandrick were placed on injured reserve. The undrafted rookie hasn't suited up for an NFL game yet, and with Dez Bryant (knee) and Cole Beasley (illness) nursing ailments, Lenoir could log some time as a situational wideout Sunday in Philly.

Stephen Paea
News
Paea (knee) told Cowboys coaches Wednesday he would retire from professional football, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Paea has been dealing with this nagging knee injury for weeks, but he only missed the Cowboys' past game against the Packers. With the injury apparently impacting Paea's desire to play, the veteran defensive tackle will call it quits after a solid seven-year career that also included stops in Chicago, Washington and Cleveland. David Irving, Maliek Collins and Brian Price are now the remaining defensive tackles on the Cowboys' roster.

Injury
Tyrone Crawford
News
Crawford had two solo tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery Sunday against the 49ers.

Crawford now has a sack in two consecutive games, giving him a season total of three. However, having only 10 tackles (seven solo) through six games keeps him from being a viable IDP option for the time being.

Anthony Brown
News
Brown has been demoted from the Cowboys' starting defensive lineup, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Brown has played a significant role in the Cowboys defense this season, compiling 44 tackles and six passes defensed, including one interception. He played in 93 percent of the team's defensive snaps a week ago but likely will see a significant reduction now that he's not starting. Look for Jourdan Lewis to get the starting nod, with Chidobe Awuzie also seeing some added reps off the bench, while Brown takes on a smaller role.

Marquez White
News
White (hamstring) has returned to practice, Bryan Broaddus of the team's official site reports.

White did not play in the Cowboys first preseason contest, but his return to practice hints that he could be available for team's second exhibition game Saturday. As it currently stands, White projects to function as a depth corner for Dallas this year if he can stay healthy.

Jeff Heath
News
Heath finished the regular season with 71 tackles (63 solo), three interceptions and two forced fumbles in 15 games.

The tackles and picks were career highs for Heath, who got his first chance at a regular starting job in the NFL with somewhat mixed results. His high ratio of solo tackles is a testament to his hard-hitting ways in the open field, but it also shows a lack of foot speed that made him a step or two later to the ball than his teammates. With younger safeties like Xavier Woods pushing for bigger roles in 2018, Heath could find it difficult to hang onto his starting spot.

Joe Looney
News
Looney (toe) got reps at left guard during Wednesday's practice, Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website reports.

Looney, who was recently sidelined with a toe injury, has spent the majority of the preseason working as Travis Frederick's backup at center. However, he got some work at left guard Wednesday, so he may see more opportunities to provide depth on the line as the season gets underway.

Rod Smith
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Smith finished the regular season with 232 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 55 carries while adding 19 catches on 23 targets for 202 yards and a touchdown through the air.

Buried on the RB depth chart to begin the season, Smith opened some eyes with an impressive showing despite limited touches against the 49ers in Week 7, then scored five TDs over a four-game stretch later in the year while Ezekiel Elliott served his suspension. With Alfred Morris potentially not returning to Dallas next season, Smith could head into 2018 as Elliott's top backup.

Sean Lee
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Lee finished the regular season with 101 tackles (70 solo) and one interception in 11 games.

It was the same old story for the extremely talented but fragile veteran. Lee was an IDP dynamo when he was on the field, but he's missed multiple games due to injury in six of his eight NFL seasons -- including the entire 2014 campaign. The 31-year-old will return to his weak-side LB role in 2018, but the Cowboys have to hope that Jaylon Smith or someone else can begin to emerge to eventually replace Lee as the heart and soul of their defense.

Chris Jones
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Jones inked a four-year extension with the Cowboys on Wednesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Jones has been the Cowboys' starting punter since 2013 and will be expected to carry the punting torch through at least the 2021 season. Through six seasons, Jones has recorded a net average of 40.9 yards per punt.

Bene' Benwikere
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Benwikere will sign a one-year deal with the Bengals, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Benwikere started the 2016 season as the Panthers' top cornerback, but quickly fell down the ranks and was eventually released by the team following a 300-yard performance from Julio Jones. He then had a brief stints with the Dolphins and Packers to end the season. Only 25, the cornerback could play his way into a starting position with the Bengals, who are currently facing a lot of uncertainty in the secondary. Dre Kirkpatrick is a pending free agent and Adam Jones' best days may be behind him. William Jackson III, the Bengals' 2016 first-round pick, spent the entire season on injured-reserve, leaving his status in question as well. Benwikere adds depth to the cornerback position, but will have to show signs of his former self in order to make it on the 53-man roster.

Zack Martin
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Martin recently underwent a cleanup procedure on his right elbow and will miss the 2018 Pro Bowl as a result, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Martin's recovery from surgery isn't expected to impact his availability for the Cowboys' offseason program, so he likely won't have too many reservations about skipping out on his fourth straight Pro Bowl. The 27-year-old guard was honored as a second-team All-Pro this season, the second time he's received that distinction during his career.

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Byron Bell
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Bell is on track to start at left tackle Sunday against the Eagles with Tyron Smith (groin/back) unlikely to play, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports.

The Cowboys struggled mightily to replace Smith, a four-time All-Pro, in the Week 10 loss to the Falcons, with his replacement in the starting lineup, Chaz Green, surrendering five sacks. Green was pulled in favor of Bell later in the contest, but the 28-year-old didn't fare much better, conceding two sacks in relief. It nonetheless appears that will be enough to earn Bell the right to protect Dak Prescott's blind side in Week 10, which could inhibit the productivity of the Dallas offense for the second week in a row.

Anthony Hitchens
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Hitchens finished the regular season with a career-high 84 tackles (55 solo), two passes defended and a forced fumble in 12 games.

Despite missing the first four games of the season with a knee injury, Hitchens still put together a strong campaign as the Cowboys' middle linebacker. He'll be a free agent in the offseason and it's unclear at this point how much effort the team will put into trying to bring him back, as players like DeMarcus Lawrence will be bigger priorities to re-sign and Jaylon Smith could be ready to step into a starting role in 2018, but wherever Hitchens lands he should be a tackling machine, although his minimal contributions in other categories puts him on the fringe of IDP utility.

Jourdan Lewis
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Lewis is expected to retain a starting role at cornerback following the Cowboys' release of Nolan Carroll (concussion) on Wednesday, Conor Orr of NFL Network reports.

Carroll struggled in training camp and hadn't been performing well prior to sustaining a concussion in Week 2, with the head injury preventing him from taking the field ever since. Thus, it made sense for Dallas to cut ties with Carroll and the two years remaining on his contract, and Lewis' strong performance thus far only made that decision easier. The rookie out of Michigan has arguably been the Cowboys' best cornerback, averaging 5.5 tackles and 1.3 pass breakups per game, with his best performance coming against the Packers and two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers last Sunday. In the Cowboys' loss, Lewis recorded seven total tackles and defensed three passes. While he isn't quite on the IDP radar at this juncture, Lewis' stock is certainly on the rise, making him someone to keep an eye on for the future.

Kavon Frazier
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Frazier (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Frazier injured his knee at practice Thursday, leading to his questionable status heading into Sunday's game. He isn't expected to be limited at all in the contest.

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Byron Jones
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Jones finished the regular season with 82 tackles (57 solo), five passes defended, a forced fumble and an interception returned for a touchdown in 16 games.

He wasn't able to improve on his numbers from 2016, but the touchdown was the first of his career. Jones has settled in as the top coverage safety for the Cowboys, but a lack of splash plays -- he has only two INTs and zero sacks in 48 NFL games -- has limited his IDP ceiling so far in his career.

KD Cannon
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Cannon signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Cannon joined the Cowboys' practice squad in late December after an uneventful 2017 season. The 22-year-old will have the benefit of being in Dallas' offseason program as he turns the page on a quiet rookie season.

Brian Price
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Price stated that the injury he suffered during Sunday's win over the Chiefs was a "minor dislocation of the knee cap," Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Price was on crutches following Sunday's game. A dislocated knee cap is certainly a concerning injury, but more news regarding its severity should emerge in the coming days.

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