Vol. II: 53-man roster projection

OXNARD, Calif. -- Here's the second in our weekly 53-man roster projections, which will continue throughout training camp and the preseason.

Players who weren't on last week's projection are marked with an asterisk.


Tony Romo

Kyle Orton

Alex Tanney, a strong-armed, 6-foot-4, 25-year-old signed just before camp started, is worth watching during the preseason.


DeMarco Murray

Lance Dunbar

Phillip Tanner

Joseph Randle

It was widely assumed that Randle would be Murray’s backup when the Cowboys picked him in the fifth round, but he’s having a tough time climbing the depth chart after missing all of the offseason workouts while recovering from thumb surgery. Dunbar adds an explosive element as a change-of-pace back. Tanner looks a lot quicker and runs with more confidence after slimming down 10 pounds since last season.


Jason Witten

Gavin Escobar

James Hanna

Dante Rosario

Escobar, the rookie second-round pick, hasn’t looked out of place working as the second tight end with the starters. It could be hard for Hanna to win back that role once he recovers from a strained hamstring suffered in the opening days of camp.


Dez Bryant

Miles Austin

Terrance Williams

Dwayne Harris

Cole Beasley

Can Anthony Armstrong make a case for the Cowboys to keep six receivers? He shined with the starters when Dez Bryant cramped up during Friday’s practice. Undrafted rookie Eric Rogers is probably practice-squad material.


Tyron Smith

Nate Livings

Travis Frederick

Mackenzy Bernadeau

Doug Free

Jermey Parnell

Phil Costa

Ronald Leary

*David Arkin

*Darrion Weems

The Cowboys hoped Demetress Bell could be their fourth tackle, but he’s in horrendous shape and doesn’t appear close to being able to pass the conditioning test necessary to be cleared to practice. With Parnell missing almost all of camp due to a strained hamstring, it’d make sense for the Cowboys to keep a close eye on the waiver wire for backup tackle upgrades. Arkin actually hasn’t been bad filling in as the starter at right guard while Bernadeau (hamstring) and Leary (calf) recover from injuries.


DeMarcus Ware

Jay Ratliff

Jason Hatcher

Anthony Spencer

Sean Lissemore

Kyle Wilber

Ben Bass

Nick Hayden

*Cameron Sheffield

A veteran addition is a strong possibility here, but the Cowboys want to give the young players on the roster every chance to prove themselves. Sheffield (6-foot-2, 268) is working as the starting strongside defensive end with Spencer recovering from knee surgery, Tyrone Crawford out for the season and Bass nursing a sprained ankle.


Bruce Carter

Sean Lee

Justin Durant

Alex Albright

DeVonte Holloman

Brandon Magee

Maybe they go with seven guys here and keep Ernie Sims, a versatile veteran. It’s hard to see them cutting Holloman or Magee, two rookies with intriguing potential who should be able to help right away on special teams.


Brandon Carr

Morris Claiborne

Orlando Scandrick

B.W. Webb

Sterling Moore

Moore has actually had a better camp so far than Webb, the fourth-round pick. The SMU product isn’t being pushed by any of the other young corners in camp.


Barry Church

Will Allen

Matt Johnson

J.J. Wilcox

Danny McCray

We’re still waiting for Jakar Hamilton to make his presence felt. The Cowboys had a fifth-round grade on the undrafted free agent, but he’s probably practice-squad bound unless he starts making plays.


Dan Bailey

Chris Jones

L.P. Ladouceur

Ladouceur (calf) still hasn’t practiced during training camp, but it’s not like a long snapper needs long to work himself into shape.