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Vol. III: 53-man roster projection

The post-Hall of Fame Game outlook, with players who weren’t on last week’s projection marked by an asterisk:

QUARTERBACKS (2)

Tony Romo

Kyle Orton

One of the young quarterbacks would have to have a phenomenal preseason to get the Cowboys to even consider using a third roster spot at this position. Nick Stephens and Alex Tanney were just OK in the Hall of Fame Game.

RUNNING BACKS (4)

DeMarco Murray

Lance Dunbar

Phillip Tanner

Joseph Randle

The Cowboys should feel good about their depth here. Randle, the fifth-round pick, can’t climb up the depth chart despite performing well.

TIGHT ENDS (5)

Jason Witten

Gavin Escobar

James Hanna

Dante Rosario

*Andre Smith

Smith, the best blocker of the bunch by far, can help more than a 10th offensive lineman. Essentially, he would be the 10th offensive lineman.

WIDE RECEIVERS (5)

Dez Bryant

Miles Austin

Terrance Williams

Dwayne Harris

Cole Beasley

One veteran said he believed Williams would be the best third receiver of the Romo era. That’s high praise, considering Laurent Robinson’s production during his lone Dallas season.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Tyron Smith

Ronald Leary

Travis Frederick

Mackenzy Bernadeau

Doug Free

Jermey Parnell

Phil Costa

Nate Livings

David Arkin

Why not keep a fourth tackle? None of the candidates have looked NFL-caliber in camp. Why not cut Livings if Leary takes his starting job? It would cost the Cowboys cap space.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

DeMarcus Ware

Jay Ratliff

Jason Hatcher

Anthony Spencer

Sean Lissemore

Kyle Wilber

Ben Bass

Nick Hayden

*George Selvie

Selvie, who was signed after injuries sidelined Spencer and Tyrone Crawford, is clearly better than a camp body. He dominated the Hall of Fame Game after consistently making plays during practices in Oxnard.

LINEBACKERS (6)

Bruce Carter

Sean Lee

Justin Durant

Alex Albright

DeVonte Holloman

Brandon Magee

It’d be nice to keep versatile veteran Ernie Sims, who has had a good camp. It’s a matter of where that roster spot would come from. Don’t keep a fifth tight end? A fifth safety?

CORNERBACKS (5)

Brandon Carr

Morris Claiborne

Orlando Scandrick

B.W. Webb

Sterling Moore

These spots seem pretty locked in at this point. Moore has actually been more impressive in camp than fourth-round pick Webb.

SAFETIES (5)

Barry Church

Will Allen

Matt Johnson

J.J. Wilcox

Danny McCray

McCray is really just a special teams player, but he’s a good one, probably the best on the roster. Jakar Hamilton hasn’t done nearly enough to push McCray off the roster.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Dan Bailey

Chris Jones

L.P. Ladouceur

No real competition for these roles.