Dallas Cowboys Roster 2018 Cowboys Roster

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Dallas has really taken a step back, and losing Dez Bryant will hurt despite him not being as productive as earlier years. Dak Prescott has lost two wide receivers this offseason. Brice Butler is now in Arizona, and of course Bryant is yet to be signed. They did add Allen Hurns, and still have guys like Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley, but this is not an enticing core. Dallas traded for Tavon Austin, and expect him to be a specialty player in the offense. Ezekiel Elliot is the best skill position player on the roster, and it is not particularly close. With Jason Witten retiring, we are looking at Rico Gathers and Dalton Schultz. In what should be a run heavy offense, it is hard to get excited about these guys. On the defensive side they have a few players worth noting, but overall this is a defense that should struggle at times.

Pos Name Number Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. Drafted Draft Round Draft Pick College
QB Dak Prescott Dak Prescott D. Prescott 4
80
#24 QB 1 6'2" 226 25 7/29/93 3 2016 4 135 Mississippi State
QB Cooper Rush Cooper Rush C. Rush 7
65
#70 QB 2 6'3" 229 25 11/21/93 2 2017 Central Michigan
QB Mike White Mike White M. White 3
66
#69 QB 4 6'5" 224 23 3/25/95 0 2018 5 171
QB Austin Appleby Austin Appleby A. Appleby 3
64
#76 QB 6'4" 240 1 2017 Florida
RB Ezekiel Elliott Ezekiel Elliott E. Elliott 21
90
#5 RB 1 6'0" 225 23 7/22/95 3 2016 1 4 Ohio State
RB Rod Smith Rod Smith R. Smith 45
65
#110 RB 2 6'3" 231 26 1/10/92 4 2015 Ohio State
OT Tyron Smith Tyron Smith T. Smith 77
93
#3 OT 1 6'5" 308 28 12/12/90 8 2011 1 9 USC
OT La'el Collins La'el Collins L. Collins 71
77
#40 OT 1 6'4" 305 25 7/26/93 4 2015 LSU
OT Cameron Fleming Cameron Fleming C. Fleming 75
72
#58 OT 2 6'5" 323 26 9/3/92 5 2014 4 140 Stanford
ILB Jaylon Smith Jaylon Smith J. Smith 54
77
#28 ILB 1 6'2" 223 23 6/14/95 2 2016 2 34 Notre Dame
OLB Leighton Vander Esch Leighton Vander Esch L. Vander Esch 55
78
#23 OLB 1 6'4" 256 21 2/9/97 0 2018 1 19 Boise State
OLB Damien Wilson Damien Wilson D. Wilson 57
71
#72 OLB 1 6'0" 245 25 5/28/93 4 2015 4 127 Minnesota
OLB Joe Thomas Joe Thomas J. Thomas 48
73
#60 OLB 2 6'0" 230 26 6/4/92 4 2014 South Carolina State
OLB Justin March Justin March J. March 53
67
#101 OLB 2 5'11" 226 25 7/5/93 4 2015 Akron
OLB Sean Lee Sean Lee S. Lee 50
95
#4 OLB 3 6'2" 245 32 7/22/86 9 2010 2 55 Penn State
OLB Chris Covington Chris Covington C. Covington 59
69
#84 OLB 3 6'2" 245 22 1/3/96 0 2018 6 193
SS Jeff Heath Jeff Heath J. Heath 38
77
#30 SS 1 6'1" 210 27 5/14/91 6 2013 Saginaw Valley State
SS Kavon Frazier Kavon Frazier K. Frazier 35
67
#56 SS 2 6'0" 218 24 8/11/94 3 2016 6 212 Central Michigan
P Chris Jones Chris Jones C. Jones 6
83
#5 P 1 6'0" 208 29 7/21/89 7 2011 Carson-Newman
FS Xavier Woods Xavier Woods X. Woods 25
76
#34 FS 1 5'11" 197 23 7/26/95 2 2017 5 191 Louisiana Tech
FS Marqueston Huff Marqueston Huff M. Huff 34
67
#68 FS 5'11" 196 26 4/6/92 4 2014 4 122 Wyoming
LS LP Ladouceur LP Ladouceur L. Ladouceur 91
61
#32 LS 6'5" 255 37 3/13/81 14 2005 California
C Joe Looney Joe Looney J. Looney 73
67
#43 C 1 6'3" 309 28 8/31/90 6 2012 4 117 Wake Forest
C Adam Redmond Adam Redmond A. Redmond 61
66
#53 C 2 6'6" 290 25 5/19/93 1 2016 Harvard
DT Antwaun Woods Antwaun Woods A. Woods 99
67
#68 DT 1 6'1" 323 25 1/3/93 1 2016 Southern Cal
DT Maliek Collins Maliek Collins M. Collins 96
78
#28 DT 1 6'2" 311 23 4/8/95 3 2016 3 67 Nebraska
DT David Irving David Irving D. Irving 95
83
#18 DT 2 6'7" 286 25 8/18/93 4 2015 Iowa State
DT Caraun Reid Caraun Reid C. Reid 93
66
#113 DT 2 6'2" 302 27 11/23/91 5 2014 5 158 Princeton
DT Daniel Ross Daniel Ross D. Ross 93
65
#77 DT 3 6'5" 305 25 3/5/93 2 2017 NE Mississippi CC
OL Jashon Robertson Jashon Robertson J. Robertson 64
68
#3 OL 6'2" 300 22 3/21/96 0 2018
WR Michael Gallup Michael Gallup M. Gallup 13
71
#124 WR 1 6'1" 205 22 3/4/96 0 2018 3 81 Colorado State
WR Amari Cooper Amari Cooper A. Cooper 19
85
#27 WR 1 6'1" 211 24 6/17/94 4 2015 1 4 Alabama
WR Cole Beasley Cole Beasley C. Beasley 11
80
#65 WR 1 5'8" 177 29 4/26/89 7 2012 SMU
WR Noah Brown Noah Brown N. Brown 85
68
#227 WR 2 6'2" 222 22 1/6/96 2 2017 7 239 Ohio State
WR Lance Lenoir Lance Lenoir L. Lenoir 14
67
#252 WR 2 6'0" 199 23 2/9/95 1 2017 Western Illinois
WR Allen Hurns Allen Hurns A. Hurns 17
82
#53 WR 2 6'1" 198 27 11/12/91 5 2014 Miami
WR Tavon Austin Tavon Austin T. Austin 10
79
#67 WR 3 5'8" 174 27 3/15/91 6 2013 1 8 West Virginia
WR Malik Earl Malik Earl M. Earl 19
67
#161 WR 4 6'2" 216 0 2018
WR Quincy McDuffie Quincy McDuffie Q. McDuffie 14
65
#181 WR 5'9" 178 28 1/1/90 1 2013 Central Florida
LB Ed Shockley Ed Shockley E. Shockley 42
68
#4 LB 5'11" 230 23 6/1/95 0 2018
TE Blake Jarwin Blake Jarwin B. Jarwin 89
68
#75 TE 1 6'5" 244 24 7/16/94 2 2017 Oklahoma State
TE Dalton Schultz Dalton Schultz D. Schultz 86
68
#79 TE 2 6'5" 244 22 7/11/96 0 2018 4 137 Stanford
TE Rico Gathers Rico Gathers R. Gathers 80
65
#93 TE 3 6'8" 275 24 1/7/94 2 2016 6 217 Baylor
TE Geoff Swaim Geoff Swaim G. Swaim 87
72
#60 TE 4 6'4" 245 25 9/16/93 4 2015 7 246 Texas
DE Tyrone Crawford Tyrone Crawford T. Crawford 98
81
#43 DE 1 6'4" 285 29 11/22/89 7 2012 3 81 Boise State
DE Demarcus Lawrence Demarcus Lawrence D. Lawrence 90
93
#4 DE 1 6'3" 251 26 4/28/92 5 2014 2 34 Boise State
DE Dorance Armstrong Jr. Dorance Armstrong Jr. D. Armstrong Jr. 92
66
#137 DE 2 6'4" 257 21 6/10/97 0 2018 4 116
DE Taco Charlton Taco Charlton T. Charlton 97
79
#56 DE 2 6'6" 277 24 11/7/94 2 2017 1 28 Michigan
DE Randy Gregory Randy Gregory R. Gregory 94
78
#60 DE 3 6'5" 235 26 11/23/92 2 2015 2 60 Nebraska
FB Jamize Olawale Jamize Olawale J. Olawale 49
74
#9 FB 3 6'1" 238 29 4/17/89 7 2012 North Texas
CB Byron Jones Byron Jones B. Jones 31
78
#63 CB 1 6'1" 199 26 9/26/92 4 2015 1 27 UConn
CB Chidobe Awuzie Chidobe Awuzie C. Awuzie 24
80
#45 CB 1 6'0" 202 23 5/24/95 2 2017 2 60 Colorado
CB Anthony Brown Anthony Brown A. Brown 30
73
#94 CB 1 5'11" 192 24 12/15/93 3 2016 6 189 Purdue
CB Jourdan Lewis Jourdan Lewis J. Lewis 27
81
#42 CB 2 5'10" 188 23 8/31/95 2 2017 3 92 Michigan
CB Michael Coe Michael Coe M. Coe 20
65
#164 CB 6'0" 187 34 12/17/83 1 Alabama State
G Zack Martin Zack Martin Z. Martin 70
98
#1 G 1 6'4" 308 28 11/20/90 5 2014 1 16 Notre Dame
G Xavier Su'a-Filo Xavier Su'a-Filo X. Su'a-Filo 76
73
#49 G 1 6'4" 307 27 1/1/91 5 2014 2 33 UCLA
G Connor Williams Connor Williams C. Williams 52
78
#31 G 2 6'5" 296 21 5/12/97 0 2018 2 50 Texas
G Dustin Stanton Dustin Stanton D. Stanton 67
67
#114 G 6'5" 298 24 2/20/94 1 2017 Oregon State
K Brett Maher Brett Maher B. Maher 2
67
#33 K 1 6'0" 186 29 11/21/89 1 2013 Nebraska

Cowboys Back to form in 2018

The Dallas Cowboys entered the 2017 season as potential Super Bowl contenders. However, the drama surrounding Ezekiel Elliot's suspension prevented the team from playing to their full potential. The team still won nine games last year to narrowly miss the playoffs despite playing without their star player for six games. Dallas will have their full team together in 2018, so they look poised to be serious contenders in the NFC again. The Dallas offense underwent a major overhaul in the offseason after losing Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. The Cowboys now have a lot of questions marks at the wide receiver and tight end positions. That would usually doom most teams in the passing-heavy NFL, but it should not hurt Dallas too much. The Cowboys are one of the few teams in the that relies on the rushing attack more than the passing game to score points. Ezekiel Elliot and the all-time great offensive line are the key components of this offense.

Since he no longer has to worry about a court case, Ezekiel Elliot will be a MVP-caliber player in 2018. He lost a little weight in the offseason, which has only made him a more dynamic player in training camp. The dominant rushing game will force the opposing defense to put extra players in the box. This will create easy throws for Dak Prescott as the receivers get open against one-on-one coverage. The Dallas defense played shocking well last year, and the unit should only improve in 2018. Rod Marinelli loves to keep his players fresh by constantly subbing out players. This allows the players on the field to give maximum effort on every play. This brilliant defense scheme helped turn DeMarcus Lawrence into one of the best pass rushers in the NFL last year.

The one player that never leaves the field on the Dallas defense is Sean Lee. Constantly swapping players has the potential to cause chaos, but Lee knows how to get everyone ready before the snap. Lee is the glue that holds the defense together. It also doesn't hurt that he is possibly the best middle linebacker in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys have the most dominant rushing attack in the league and a very underrated defense. This makes them capable of beating any team at any time. Defeating the defending Super Bowl champions in the NFC East division will be tough, but Dallas certainly looks ready to return to the playoffs in 2018.

Fantasy Risers/Fallers

Riser: Allen Hurns

Allen Hurns showed flashes of brilliance in Jacksonville, but injuries and poor quarterback play prevented him from being a consistent contributor. The accurate passing of Dak Prescott should make Hurns a much more consistent player this year. Hurns is an excellent route runner that knows how to get open against difficult coverage. He also has a knack for finding the end zone, which is something the Cowboys desperately needs after losing Dez Bryant. Allen Hurns is an afterthought in most fantasy drafts, but he will become a reliable starter as he leads Dallas in receiving yards and touchdowns.

Faller: Rico Gathers

Rico Gathers was one of the most impressive players in the preseason last year thanks to his elite size and speed. He was even compared to a young Antonio Gates before getting hurt. Gathers gained weight in the offseason to improve his blocking, but early reports out of training camp suggest that the extra weight has sapped his elite quickness. Gathers looked poised to be the Dallas starting tight end early in the offseason, but it now looks like he will struggle to earn a spot on the roster.