The addition of linebacker Anthony Barr is sending shock waves across the Dallas Cowboys and its fan base. A big name in a position of questionable depth is certainly making fans and people who cover the team happy.

However, not everyone is happy with the signing. At least, not out loud.

There’s a harsh truth to the preseason that not everyone can make the team. The 53-man limit means 37 players will be disappointed, unless 16 were to make the practice squad.

Despite that, often young and talented players are risked on waivers after initial cuts to for vets or even other talented players on other rosters exposed to the waiver wire. In this case, the Anthony Barr signing doesn’t ‘guarantee’ him a spot but makes it very likely some bubble players won’t make it past final cuts and the forming of the practice squad.

For the sake of forming a roster, see how they’re deconstructed.

  • The Dallas Cowboys will keep three special teams’ players. Bryan Anger, Jake McQuaide and whoever wins the kicking battle.
  • The final 50 spots will be as close to a 50% split (25 for each) as possible.
  • Likely two QBs, 3-4 RBs (including a fullback), 3-4 TEs, 5-6 WRs and 9-10 offensive linemen.

Using this model, if the offense keeps 25 players it means 25 will come from the defense. So where do the cuts come from?

Defensive Players we KNOW will make the final roster

Defensive Line: DeMarcus Lawrence, Osa Odighizuwa, Neville Gallimore, Chauncey Golston, Sam Williams, Dorance Armstrong and Dante Fowler.

Linebacker: Micah Parsons, Anthony Barr (assumed), Leighton Vander Esch and Jabril Cox.

Secondary: Malik Hooker, Jayron Kearse, Donovan Wilson, Trevon Diggs, Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis, Kelvin Joseph.

Total: 18

Where do the final seven spots go to?

Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn has made it understood how key position flexibility is on his defense. Already coaching players like Parsons, Kearse, Golston and Lawrence, who all fill multiple spots and positions.

Does this mean the defense will go lighter than they want to at certain spots? With players like Kearse or Markquese Bell who’re safeties but play much in the box or lower at LB level, making it almost unnecessary to have more than six LBs as they did a year ago.

Obviously the Dallas Cowboys are going to have more than seven defensive linemen. With Golston able to play on both edges and inside 3-technique, it could make a few bubble players dispensable. The same goes for Lawrence and Williams, a pair of edge rushers who are taking snaps inside.

It also means they could decide to go light at edge rusher, keeping four and using Parsons and Barr as extra pass rushers often. Opting to beef up the interior which struggled against the run as the season progressed.

The front seven is going to have choices, even with the secondary as deep as it is. Nahshon Wright is a second-year third round pick and rookie DaRon Bland is having a great camp. Bell is one of the most likely rookie players to make the team, despite going undrafted.

Are they able to go light at safety? How many defensive lineman can they keep? The Anthony Barr signing is fantastic for the sake of LB depth, and improved pass rush. Despite his age, he’s still a willing tackler and can create pressure on the QB.

The competition just got tighter for the final spots. Looking only on the defensive side of the ball, there’s not near enough to go around.

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