Cowboys roster breakdown: Not a lot of jobs open on offense

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IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have 90 players on their roster and appear set going forward for training camp at the end of July.

While executive vice president Stephen Jones said things can change in a hurry in terms of adding players, let’s take a look at the offensive side of the ball on the current roster:


Tony Romo, Kellen Moore, Dak Prescott, Jameill Showers

Romo is doing everything so far in the offseason program after having collarbone surgery in March. The biggest question here, clearly, is the backup. Moore is No. 2 for now, and the Cowboys have expressed confidence in him, but they could look outside the building for help once camp starts. Prescott was the Cowboys’ first drafted quarterback since 2009.


Darren McFadden, Ezekiel Elliott, Lance Dunbar, Darius Jackson, Keith Smith, Rod Smith, Alfred Morris

This might be among the team’s strongest positions after drafting Elliott No. 4 overall. McFadden and Morris are solid players whose opportunities will likely be trimmed because of Elliott, as the Cowboys will bank a lot on the rookie this season. Dunbar won’t be ready for training camp because of a knee injury, which could allow another rookie, Jackson, to slip into the rotation. Keith and Rod Smith are making the move to fullback.


Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Lucky Whitehead, Brice Butler, Devin Street, Vince Mayle, Rodney Smith, Andy Jones, Chris Brown, Ed Eagan

Bryant’s recovery from a second surgery on his right foot in January has gone well and he should do more as the offseason progresses. This is a big year for Williams, who has an expiring contract. Williams and Beasley should benefit from a healthy Romo. There will be a fight for the spots after the first three receivers. If Butler can show some consistency, he could be a playmaker. The Cowboys like Jones and Brown, two of their top undrafted receivers.


Jason Witten, James Hanna, Gavin Escobar, Geoff Swaim, Rico Gathers

Witten, who turned 34 this week, is ageless. He remains one of the best tight ends in football. Hanna was re-signed as a free agent because the Cowboys value his work as a blocker. Escobar is rehabbing from a torn Achilles suffered late last season that might not allow him to be ready for the season opener. The Cowboys believe Swaim has a future as an in-line tight end and want to see him grow in his second season. Gathers, the former Baylor basketball power forward, has the athleticism but needs to learn a game he has not played since eighth grade.


Tyron Smith, La'el Collins, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Doug Free, Ron Leary, Joe Looney, Chaz Green, Charles Brown, Jared Smith, Ryan Mack, Jake Brendel, David Hedelin, Justin Renfrow, Boston Stiverson

The starting five is set. So, too, are most of the backup spots. Leary could become a trade target for teams needing starting-quality guards, but the Cowboys won’t give him away. Green could push Free for the starting right tackle spot but didn’t play as a rookie because of hip surgery and has to prove he can earn the coaches’ trust. Looney will be the interior backup on gamedays and comes to the Cowboys with starter’s experience.