We’re only days away from the Dallas Cowboys first preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Ahead of the game, the team has compiled what writers have been speculating for months: the depth chart. (First reported by Cowboys reporter Jori Epstein of USA Today)
The first depth chart of the season. It’s unofficial, given that the season is still a few weeks away. Even still, there are some eye-opening compilations across it’s board.
Starters for now?
A few notes from the initial starters on offense and defense:
- The starting nose tackle is occupied by Neville Gallimore and MIKE LB by Leighton Vander Esch. With Jabril Cox and Anthony Barr as the second-team.
- First-round pick, Tyler Smith is slated as the second-team left guard. Behind Connor McGovern, who has often displayed being a player much better equipped to play on the right.
- Michael Gallup is still listed among the starting WRs, alongside CeeDee Lamb and Jalen Tolbert.
Obviously initial, these move reiterate what the coaching staff has been stagnant on. Keeping their initial starters with the first-team, and making the new/young players earn their time. Regardless of status.
Exact Positions on the Depth chart
- Chauncey Golston is listed as the third-string edge rusher, across from rookie Sam Williams. Despite getting plenty of snaps inside as a 3-tech, with the starters and second-team.
- Markquese Bell, who’s playing all over the backend of the secondary. In the box and even practiced with the LBs, but is listed as a free safety.
- Matt Waletzko and Josh Ball are both listed as the second-team OTs. Even with Waletzko’s injury is listed as the preferred option at left tackle.
The reality is that all these players are likely to make the final rosters. If their initial place on the depth chart is an indication of where they are playing their best, it is going to be a factor in the final roster cuts. Position flexibility, as well as pure ability to play are key on the Dallas Cowboys.
- Lirim Hajrullahu has an early edge at kicker over rookie Jonathan Garibay. Despite neither having a standout performance, Hajrullahu has made more kicks. Leading to the release of Garibay on Tuesday.
- ‘Bubble’ players like Quinton Bohanna, Tarell Basham, Dennis Houston and Tyler Coyle are all on their respective second teams.
- Ryan Nall, the team’s only full back is listed with the first-team. Even though Kellen Moore has shown the ability to use backup linemen and extra TEs.
All or none of these players could make the final roster. Even if the first impressions of each was they would compete for snaps, it doesn’t always have final baring’s on who will actually be on the team.
The fact that they are all initial starters, or second-string players, is a good sign for themselves with the start of the preseason schedule.
Players Losing Their ‘Hype’
- CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart, who has had a strong off-season, if fourth-string. Behind players like Quandre Mosley or Kyron Brown.
- TJ Vasher, who’s been one of the talks of camp, has fallen below the likes of Houston, KaVontae Tuprin and Brandon Smith.
- Speaking of WRs, while still likely to make the team, WR Simi Fehoko is listed below the same players as Vasher. Currently third-team.
All of these players continue to make plays and are very much going to compete for a roster spot. At the very least, they’ll be preferred options by the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.
If they get beat out, as the depth chart indicates, they might all turn out to be nothing but hype and potential.
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