PRESEASON WEEK THREE: 2012 Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster projection

PRESEASON WEEK THREE: 2012 Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster projection - The Boys Are Back blog

Here’s the third installment. Will the final, 53-man roster look exactly like this? Probably not. Injuries make this a moving target. But here’s the latest stab on what the roster will look like on opening night.

Quarterbacks (2)

Tony Romo  Kyle Orton

Comment: Can the Cowboys afford to carry a third quarterback with there injury issues at so many other positions? It’s unlikely.

Running backs (4)

DeMarco Murray  Felix Jones  Lawrence Vickers  Lance Dunbar

Comment: Jamize Olawale has made the most of his opportunity with Dunbar and Phillip Tanner out. He’s an intriguing prospect. But Dunbar has looked good in his two days back and intrigued the coaches before Olawale was on the radar screen.

Wide receiver (6)

Diamond Dez Bryant  Miles Austin  Kevin Ogletree

Andre Holmes  Cole Beasley  Danny Coale

Comment: Still believe the No. 3 receiver will come off the waiver wire. That will reduce this list by one.

Tight ends (4)

Jason Witten  John Phillips  James Hanna  Andrew Szczerba

Comment: Witten’s injury creates a scenario where the team carries an extra player here for the first week or two of the regular season.

Offensive line (9)

Tyron Smith  Doug Free  Mackenzy Bernadeau  Nate Livings  Phil Costa

David Arkin  Ronald Leary  Jermey Parnell  Pat McQuistan

Comment: Going with 10 remains a possibility here.

Defensive line (7)

Jay Ratliff  Jason Hatcher  Kenyon Coleman  Tyrone Crawford  Sean Lissemore

Josh Brent  Clifton Geathers

Comment: Hard to envision a scenario where Coleman and Marcus Spears both make this group. If the coaches see enough promise in another young player, it’s not out of the question that both are gone.

Linebackers (9)

DeMarcus Ware  Anthony Spencer  Sean Lee  Bruce Carter  Dan Connor

Victor Butler  Alex Albright  Kyle Wilber  Adrian Hamilton

Comment: You haven’t heard a lot about Hamilton. But the Cowboys like his upside.

Secondary (9)

Brandon Carr  Morris Claiborne  Barry Church  Gerald Sensabaugh  Orlando Scandrick

Mike Jenkins  Mario Butler  Matt Johnson  Danny McCray

Comment: Butler’s versatility is a big plus here.

Specialists (3)

Dan Bailey  Chris Jones  LP Ladouceur

Comment: If the Cowboys want to save money and get younger, Charley Hughlett has a chance

Courtesy: David Moore

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