|Jason Garrett erred on the side of veterans when making final roster selections(US Presswire)|
After months of speculation, the Cowboys have now finalized their 53-man roster -- for now at least -- and there haven’t been a ton of surprises.
In making their final cuts on Friday, the Cowboys decided to keep more veteran players than expected, including veteran backups such as Marcus Spears and Derrick Dockery. That likely proves owner Jerry Jones’ point that the window to win is closing.
The Cowboys kept five of seven draft picks, with one going to IR and the other retained on the practice squad. Former SMU wide receiver Cole Beasley, who left the Cowboys’ team for two days in training camp because his heart wasn’t in football, not only returned but is on the 53-man roster as the only undrafted rookie to make the team.
WR (6) –- Miles Austin (7th year, Monmouth), Dez Bryant (3rd year, Oklahoma State), Kevin Ogletree (4th year, Virginia), Dwayne Harris (2nd year, East Carolina), Andre Holmes (1st year, Hillsdale), Cole Beasley (rookie, undrafted, SMU)
TE (4) –- Jason Witten (10th year, Tennessee), John Phillips (4th year, Virginia), James Hanna (rookie, sixth-round, Oklahoma), Colin Cochart (2nd year, claimed off waivers from Cincinnati, South Dakota State)
OL (9) –- Tyron Smith (2nd year, USC), Doug Free (6th year, Northern Illinois), Phil Costa (3rd year, Maryland), Mackenzy Bernadeau (5th year, Bentley), Nate Livings (5th year, LSU), Derrick Dockery (10th year, Texas), Jermey Parnell (3rd year, Ole Miss), Ryan Cook (7th year, New Mexico), David Arkin (2nd year, Missouri State)
DL (7) –- Jay Ratliff (8th year, Auburn), Jason Hatcher (7th year, Grambling State), Kenyon Coleman (11th year, UCLA), Marcus Spears (8th year, LSU), Sean Lissemore (3rd year, William & Mary), Josh Brent (3rd year, Illinois), Tyrone Crawford (rookie, third-round, Boise State)
LB (8) – -DeMarcus Ware (8th year, Troy), Anthony Spencer (6th year, Purdue), Sean Lee (3rd year, Purdue), Bruce Carter (2nd year, North Carolina), Victor Butler (4th year, Oregon State), Dan Connor (5th year, Penn State), Alex Albright (2nd year, Boston College), Kyle Wilber (rookie, fourth-round, Wake Forest)
DB (10) –- Brandon Carr (5th year, Grand Valley State), Morris Claiborne (rookie, first-round, LSU), Mike Jenkins (5th year, South Florida), Gerald Sensabaugh (8th year, North Carolina), Barry Church (3rd year, Toledo), Orlando Scandrick (5th year, Boise State), Danny McCray (3rd year, LSU), Mario Butler (1st year, Georgia Tech), Mana Silva (1st year, Hawaii), Matt Johnson (rookie, fourth-round, Eastern Washington)
PUP: Kevin Kowalski (ankle)
IR: Caleb McSurdy (Achilles), Donavon Kemp (ACL)
Practice Squad: RB Lance Dunbar (rookie, undrafted North Texas), RB Jamize Olawale (rookie, undrafted North Texas), LB Orie Lemon (1st year, Oklahoma State), DE Ben Bass (rookie, undrafted, Texas A&M), WR Danny Coale (rookie, fifth-round, Virginia Tech), DT Robert Calloway (1st year, Saginaw Valley State), WR Tim Benford (rookie, undrafted, Tennessee State), G Ron Leary (undrafted, rookie, Memphis)