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2018 NFC East Roster Roundup: Dallas Cowboys

Does Dallas have the roster to finally take the next step under head coach Jason Garrett?


Projected Starters



QB: Dak Prescott

RB: Ezekiel Elliott
WR: Allen Hurns
WR: Terrance Williams
WR: Cole Beasley
TE: Geoff Swaim
LT: Tyron Smith
LG: Connor Williams
C: Travis Frederick
RG: Zack Martin
RT: La’el Collins



DE: DeMarcus Lawrence
DT: David Irving
DT: Maliek Collins
DE: Taco Charlton
OLB: Sean Lee
MLB: Leighton Vander Esch
CB: Byron Jones
CB: Chidobe Awuzie

CB: Jourdan Lewis
S: Jeff Heath
S: Xavier Woods


Roster Notes/Thoughts


Notable depth

QB Mike White, RB Rod Smith, RB Tavon Austin, FB Jamize Olawale, WR Michael Gallup, WR Deonte Thompson, WR Cedrick Wilson, TE Dalton Schultz, TE Rico Gathers, OT Cameron Fleming, OT Chaz Green, G Joe Thuney, DE Kony Ealy, DE Tyrone Crawford, DT Jihad Ward, LB Jaylon Smith, CB Anthony Brown, S Kavon Frazier


Biggest strength: Offensive line

As has been the case over the past few years, the Cowboys are built around the strength of their loaded offensive line; and the scary part for the rest of the NFL is that they might have their best unit ever this season when you consider both the starters and the depth behind them. Second-round pick Connor Williams is expected to slide in a left guard, but the team could also put La’el Collins there with former Patriot Cameron Fleming starting at right tackle.


Biggest weakness: Tight end

I agree with Dak Prescott’s recent comments about not needing a No. 1 receiver, but it could be difficult for Dallas to move the ball without dominating in the running game in 2018 because of the lack of proven skill-position players besides Zeke. At wide receiver, the Cowboys at least have some depth so one of a handful of guys could emerge, but Jason Witten’s retirement leaves a big hole at tight end. We’ll see if someone could step up to make opportune plays for Dallas.


Position battle to watch: Cornerback

Byron Jones is switching from safety to cornerback and should be a clear starter on one side, but spots could be up for grabs around him this summer. I think second-year players Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis should be considered the favorites to start, but Anthony Brown has shown flashes in the past and could push for a job on the outside.


Early over/under: 8.5 wins (via Odds Shark)

Over. The Cowboys won nine games in 2017 as they dealt with the Ezekiel Elliott saga, and despite releasing Dez Bryant and seeing Jason Witten retire, I think they have a better overall roster—particularly on the defensive side of the ball—than a season ago. Look for Dallas to run Zeke into the ground if that’s what it takes to compete in the division.


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