OXNARD, Calif. -- We'll do a weekly 53-man roster projection throughout Cowboys training camp and the preseason.
We recognize that this is ridiculously premature, which is why we'll revise it on a weekly basis.
There’s no reason to believe at this point that the Cowboys will carry a third quarterback on the roster after going with two last season.
RUNNING BACKS (4)
Special teams are probably Tanner’s ticket to the 53-man roster, but that’s a good bet. Dunbar, an explosive North Texas alum, isn’t going to make it easy for fifth-round pick Randle to get carries as a rookie.
TIGHT ENDS (4)
The Cowboys will keep four tight ends. The question is whether Escobar, the second-round pick, can beat out Hanna to join Witten with the starters.
OFFENSIVE LINE (10)
Ryan Cook, the fill-in starter at center last season, didn’t do himself any favors by flunking the conditioning test. Same goes for Bell, but the former Bills and Eagles starter is a more experienced option than Darrion Weems as the fourth tackle.
DEFENSIVE LINE (9)
The Cowboys were looking to improve their defensive line depth before they arrived in Oxnard. It’s a desperate need after key reserve Tyrone Crawford suffered what appears to be a season-ending torn Achilles.
There doesn’t appear to be a threat to Moore for the fifth corner job. That could change at some point, perhaps after other teams make their cuts to 53.
Allen, a good special teams player and savvy veteran who has played for Monte Kiffin, should be safe even if Johnson or Wilcox wins the starting job. Undrafted rookie Jakar Hamilton, who had a fifth-round grade on the Cowboys’ board, is a threat to special teams ace McCray.
No competition here. Ladouceur’s job isn’t in any jeopardy as he recovers from a strained calf.