The first 53-man list of Dallas Cowboys has already undergone several changes. It’s simply a lifestyle at this point in the season, as the team manages to get players to IR and the added complication of the COVID protocols. It’s almost not over yet.
The long snapper Jake McQuaide was back in training today. Punter Bryan Anger still needs to be signed again. Roster is currently at 52. With Angers returning home, where Williams may be coming off the COVID list, the Cowboys would have to open a spot. (math is not a strong point, so do not stick to it)
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Not only will the return of Connor Williams and Bryan Anger lead to at least a similar step, Noah Brown is still waiting in the wings while working to be cleared from COVID. This may mean that at least two current members of the team will be removed before the opening against Tampa Bay Buccaneers, though hopefully the Cowboys will at least try to get them back on the training team. It is worth noting that Dallas still has a vacancy on PS as Isaac Alarcon does not count on the 16 player limit, so it is likely a landing place for at least the first of these to go.
But who? Here they are the most vulnerable.
LB Azur Kamara
This would be a little heartbreaking after he was shown on Hard blows and how his mother reacted to him making the team.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy called DE Azur Kamara and told him he was making a list of 53 men. Kamara then called video to her mother and passed on the news. “Just when I said, ‘I made the 53’, she did not hear anything I said after that. She just started singing and dancing and jumping around.”
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It is expected that he mostly contributes on special teams, but he also struggles with someone like LB Luke Gifford, who is also meant to mainly see action on teams. It just seems like a little too many “team” players.
WR Simi Fehoko
The Cowboys will not necessarily make a position for position movement in these cases, but giving up Fehoko when Brown is ready to return makes a lot of sense. As the sixth WR, Fehoko would likely end up on the inactive list almost every game. He’s one who would definitely get a PS offer, given how Dallas hates giving up any draft election. But that would risk him being alleged, even though it’s probably more of a combination of Homerism and paranoia than a real danger.
C / G Matt Farniok
He has, like Fehoko, possibly made the list strictly according to his drawing status. And while relinquishing him would mean the unwelcome return of Williams as the idea of the backup center, the team still has Connor McGovern and Brandon Knight to inside depth. If Kamara was the 53rd man to make the list, then Farniok was 52. Mathematics alone says that makes him a candidate.
DE Bradlee Anae
Lay your slings and arrows. With the staff choosing to bring Chauncey Golston back rather than get him to start the season at the PUP, there are now six DEs on the list. Mike McCarthy and Dan Quinn both like to go five and five in the end and DT. They would be short until Neville Gallimore returns from IR, but staff may be willing to ride it out for three weeks. They’re not going to give up Golston, so Anae may be the strange man out there.
LB Luke Gifford
If they keep Kamara, Gifford could be in the crosshairs. He can still just be a placeholder for Francis Bernard, who like Gallimore could return after three weeks. Bernard was seen as in front of Gifford before he was injured and that is not a good sign.
QB Cooper Rush
Almost everyone and his / her mother thought the Cowboys would just roll into the season with just two quarterbacks on the roster. The claim of Will Grier now gives them three. They can hang on to Rush just because they are not confident enough in Grier, but the very fact that they got another QB in the first place is an argument that he is one of the options here.
G Brandon Knight
Knight could become a prey if the team would rather keep Farniok. Knight may actually be more vulnerable because he came to Dallas as a UDFA. Dallas just overestimated even their seventh round when constructing the roster, and given that the team looked appropriate to switch Knight to guard after he was forced to start tackling last year, that may indicate a bit of a shocking reason for him.
Someone will have to go, and as I said probably two. These seem to be the most obvious candidates. We can, of course, be thrown a basket ball, but those are the ones to worry about.
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