The 2015 NFL preseason is officially over as the final games were played on Thursday night. Now, teams must get their rosters down to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon, and some tough decisions need to be made. The Dallas Cowboys have plenty of cuts to put in place, and there are some veteran players currently sitting on the bubble.
Dallas News is reporting that Dustin Vaughan is just missing the cut, and that will lead to the Cowboys not keeping three quarterbacks on the roster. He may end up on the practice squad, and the move will leave just Tony Romo and Brandon Weeden on the active roster.
The biggest question comes at the running back position, but there may not be a lot of shockers from the final choices. It is expected that, despite injuries, the Cowboys will keep Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar, Darren McFadden, and Tyler Clutts (fullback).
The Cowboys will likely give this crop of running backs two to four regular season games to produce. If they don’t show they have what it takes, a veteran free agent running back could be contacted and brought in to get the job done.
Even though the Cowboys have shown interest in free agent wide receivers such as Wes Welker, it looks like they are set for now. DallasCowboys.com reports that Lucky Whitehead isn’t just a favorite of Jerry Jones, but he’s done more than enough to earn a roster spot.
Blogging The Boys says that aside from Mark Nzeocha (NFI List) and Chaz Green (PUP List), all drafted rookies will make the roster. La’El Collins will also get through final cuts, and that makes seven rookies on the Dallas Cowboys to start 2015.
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens to players such as Darrion Weems, Lavar Edwards, Ben Gardner, Jasper Brinkley, and Ken Bishop. These veteran players have played well enough to end up on the bubble, but they won’t all make it.
Brinkley’s spot may be in the most danger as Anthony Hitchens and Andrew Gachkar have played very well in the preseason. Yes, Brinkley does have a contract with guaranteed money, but others have played better.
The Dallas Cowboys need to get down to a 53-player roster just like every other team in the NFL, but it’s not going to be easy. Some veterans could see themselves without a job by Saturday, and others, such as Darren McFadden, are simply hanging on by a thread.
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