With the Dallas Cowboys preseason opener now in the books, it’s time to discuss early cuts candidates. By Tuesday, the team must make five cuts according to NFL rules.
As of today, the Cowboys have 91 players on their roster. That’s the standard 90-man preseason roster plus Isaac Alarcón, whose roster exemption allows the team to keep him during the offseason and preseason without him counting toward the player limit. The exemption also works for the practice squad during the season, but not for the 53-man roster.
The Cowboys could go about things in many different ways, including stashing some players on Injured Reserve. If their injuries turn out to be serious enough to keep them out for the rest of the preseason, players like TE Ian Bunting, OL Alec Lindstrom, and others could be candidates for this.
However, as long as we don’t hear about their respective timetables, it’s impossible to determine whether or not that’s a possibility.
Thus, we’ll project five potential initial cuts without factoring in potential IR stashes.
Here is my prediction for the Cowboys’ early cuts:
OT Amon Simon: The UDFA played a team-low five offensive snaps and gave up multiple pressures. Even though the position is thin, he could be one of the first cuts.
DL Josiah Bronson: The Cowboys have depth at the defensive line so I’m expecting an early cut here. Bronson played two more snaps than Austin Faoliu on Saturday night, but I’ll lean toward Bronson exiting earlier.
CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart: Although the list was unofficial, the UDFA was at the very bottom of the Cowboys’ depth chart when it was first released.
S Juanyeh Thomas: Even if Dallas fans aren’t used to saying this, there’s legit safety depth on defense. The rookie was given the chance to play plenty on Saturday night, but he should be an early cut candidate for the team. However, expect him to be a practice squad priority for the Cowboys.
LB Christian Sam: I was surprised the former USFL standout played only 16 snaps in the preseason opener. That was the least for any Cowboys LB on Saturday.
Predicting NFL games is tough. Predicting five cuts out of a 91-man roster might just be more difficult though. I fully expect to be (at least) partially wrong here. But I hope this exercise provides insight on which players/position groups the staff could be looking ahead of Tuesday’s cuts.
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