The Dallas Cowboys begin preseason play Sunday night in the HOF game with the Dolphins. It’s going to be an important opportunity for several wide receivers who are hoping to make the Cowboys roster. A look at the numbers.
Currently there are 11 wide receivers listed on the Dallas Cowboys roster. Last season they kept 6 WRs on their 53 man roster while moving two others to their practice squad. Some tough decisions are ahead for the coaches regarding who to keep.
The Cowboys parted ways with two WRs that were on the 2012 roster. Andre Holmes went to Oakland where on the 2nd day of camp, he found out he will be suspended four games for failing a PED test. Kevin Ogletree went to Tampa. That opened two spots.
Four WRs Return:
Bryant, Harris, and Austin are returning from last season and will be on the roster, that’s a given. And I expect them to keep Cole Beasley as well. That would make four.
If they keep 4 WRs from last season, that leaves 7 WRs who are in a battle for 2 roster spots. Who is likely to get those spots?
Terrance Williams: The rookie was drafted in the third round by Dallas and they felt fortunate that he fell to them at that point. He has improved in camp each day but still needs some development.
I expect Dallas to keep Williams on the 53 man roster and that is pretty much a guarantee.
Now we have 6 WRs fighting for 1 final spot on the roster.
Danny Coale: The Cowboys drafted Danny last season out of Va. Tech but he landed on the practice squad after tearing an ACL early last season. His injuries are still a problem and he isn’t participating in camp. While Dallas believes in Danny, I don’t see how they can keep him on the roster if he doesn’t get well. I think Dallas will be forced to put him on a PUP list or maybe the practice squad. Coale is a slot WR and Dallas happens to be in good shape with Beasley as a back up there.
Now we have 5 WRs fighting for 1 spot on the roster.
Tim Benford: Benford impressed last season as an undrafted rookie and made the practice squad. So far in camp, he has been kind of quiet and I noticed he dropped a pass in the Blue/White scrimmage Sunday. That’s something he can’t afford to do.
Benford is a guy to watch in preseason games. He is capable of making the roster but faces tough competition this year. Needs to show up big in preseason games.
Eric Rogers: Rogers has really stood out in camp and not just because he is 6’3″. He is a rookie out of Div. III Cal Lutheran near the Cowboys training camp in Oxnard. Rogers put up some sick numbers there with 91 catches and over 1,200 yards his senior season. Rogers offers depth as an outside WR which Dallas could use. While Rogers doesn’t display top end speed, he does a nice job of using his size to go up and get the ball.
Look for #14 Rogers in preseason games. I think he has a legit shot at making the roster and at the very least, the practice squad where he can develop more.
Anthony Armstrong: Anthony is not a rookie and has been in the NFL 4 years mostly with the Redskins. Armstrong brings NFL experience and very good speed.
I think Anthony must play well in preseason games to make the roster at all.
Jared Green: The son of former Redskin Darrell Green had a good day during the Blue/White scrimmage. Green is another guy to keep an eye on in preseason games. I think his best chance to make the team would be on the practice squad where he can develop more.
Anthony Amos: An undrafted rookie with good hands and nice quickness will have a lot to prove in order to just make the practice squad even.
I look for Bryant, Austin, Harris, Beasley, and Williams to make up 5 out of the 6 WRs.
Among the others fighting for the 6th spot, the Cowboys will be looking for a WR that can help them right now and offer depth. I like the chances of Anthony Armstrong, Tim Benford, or Eric Rogers to land that last roster spot.
It will be interesting to watch these guys battle it out on the field in preseason games. Of course injuries could come into play in determining who makes the roster too.