The Dallas Cowboys Roster Cut Made BIG Changes
So who is gone? Who is here to stay?
As the 2019 preseason comes to a close, the ‘boys are primed and ready for the regular season. The 53-man roster has been finalized and Dallas boasts a talented group of returning players, rookies , and free agents. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the noteworthy position groups:
Even after the final preseason game, the Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliot have still not reached a deal. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he’s operating under the assumption that Ezekiel Elliott will miss regular-season games because of a holdout, but he doesn’t think his star running back will be absent for all of them.
“I’m operating as though right now he’s going to miss regular season games,” Jones said after the loss to the Bucs. “My entire expectation for what we’re putting together as a team right now would anticipate with him holding out and not having any training camp, that he’s going to miss games. I just accept that.”
Elliott has two years remaining on his rookie contract but wants to be the NFL’s highest-paid running back after winning two rushing titles in his first three seasons. The fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft is due to make $3.9 million this season and $9.1 million in 2020.
Although Jones would prefer to have Zeke in the backfield, the holdout could prove to be a blessing in disguise. Zeke’s absence has allowed the Cowboys to keep two talented backs to help fill the void. Tony Pollard in particular has been excellent throughout training camp and preseason (84 yds, 15 attempts, 1 TD). Dallas also signed Jordan Chunn, and former starter Alfred Morris, who brings high-level and consistent play to the position.
With Zeke’s presence in the regular season questionable, the Cowboys appear to have planned for the worst. Hopefully the flashes of greatness seen from Pollard, combined with Morris’ experience, are enough to minimize his absence.
Although the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott have yet to hammer out a deal, Dak has been working hard throughout camp and preseason.
During a podcast interview with “105.3 The Fan,” Jason Witten commented on Dak’s impressive ability to evolve and improve, and mentioned how “the stage was never too big” for Dak. He further explained how, unlike many young players, Dak has the ability to block out the noise and keep his mind focused on what matters: winning.
Cooper Rush has been solid in the second string spot, but the Cowboys have elected to part ways with 2017 5th round pick Mike White. In the preseason, White had one touchdown, one interception, and a completion percentage of 52.9%. This may be a make or break year for Mike White, but only time will tell.
The Cowboys have been deep at cornerback throughout the preseason, and Passing Game Coordinator / Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard had a tough decision to make as to which players to add to the roster. Despite stellar performances, 5th-round draft pick Mike Jackson, and undrafted free agent Donovan Olumba have been cut.
At safety, Donovan Wilson beat out George Iloka for a spot behind Jeff Heath. Wilson boasted a stellar performance throughout the preseason, racking up three interceptions. However, wilson has sustained an ankle injury, and so Kavon Frazier appears to have stepped in as the #2 at Strong Safety in the meantime.
Notable cuts include Cedric Wilson, have proven to be solid throughout the preseason, and Jalen Guyton has recently stepped up and thrown his name into the mix as well (4 receptions, 94 yds, 1 TD).
There have been exciting glimpses of how talented of a team the Cowboys can be (especially in the Houston game). Although many talented players didn’t make the cut, it’s a good problem for the Cowboys to have. Cowboys fans have plenty to be excited about as we approach the season opener against the New York Giants.