IRVING, Texas -When looking at the Cowboys depth heading into final cuts over the last few years, it's often been hard to pare the roster down to 53 guys, they've been so deep with veterans.
This year is different though. The roster is top heavy, and really thins out at a lot of positions after the first name or two on the depth chart. While there are still difficult choices to make, it's a lot tougher to identify 53 must-have players on this team right now.
That means the Cowboys could be very active on the waiver wire Sunday, possibly putting in claims not only to fill several of their needs, but because they like the potential of some outsiders better than the guys they have in-house. All preseason the Cowboys have had their pro scouts on the road watching other teams in search of players who could potentially upgrade the roster after final cuts, and they're always considering every option.
Now is the times for those discussions between the scouting department, the coaches and the front office.
"I don't think a ton of specific conversations have gone on," Jason Garrett said. "There have been a couple 'Hey, these guys are stacked at this position, these guys are stacked at that position, these guys are looking for this, we're stacked at that spot,' that kind of thing. But it's been more general, and it's (scouts') job to kind of flush that stuff out for us, and by the end of this week, we'll have a lot of those conversations."
The Cowboys could be trolling for upgrades at a number of positions, including fullback, wide receiver, offensive tackle, outside linebacker, safety and kicker. And because there seem to be fewer must-keeps on the roster, they should be more flexible with potential additions.
The problem is, there aren't a lot of positions at which the Cowboys are themselves stacked.
"I don't know that we're stacked in any area," Garrett said. "We have good competition in a lot of different spots, and we have some hard decisions to make."