Summary: Same group as last year, with McGee taking another step forward in his development. The Cowboys liked Tom Brandstater, but there's no room for four QBs. McGee's reps will be scarce enough on the scout team.
Running Back (4)
Summary: Team owner/GM Jerry Jones hinted at a heavy running back group. He was right, with Tanner joining Murray and Choice behind starter Felix Jones. But the Cowboys don't have a fullback right now because they cut Chapas, Chris Gronkowski, Jason Pociask and Isaiah Greenhouse.
Wide Receiver (5)
Summary: Harris and Holley made the team with strong preseason performances. Radway was pushing both of them before his injury.
Tight End (4)
Summary: Bennett seems doubtful for the opener due to a high ankle sprain, so Rucker adds depth and another pass-catcher. Phillips is a steady and versatile backup to Witten.
Offensive Line (10)
Summary: Not really surprising that the Cowboys went heavy here, keeping both backup tackles Young and Parnell. They're committed to developing young guys. Kowalski's performance against Minnesota was impressive, and he adds depth at center aside from Kosier as an emergency option.
Defensive Line (7)
Summary: The team kept a fifth defensive end (Geathers) for depth, particularly with Marcus Spears coming off a groin injury. Youth served again, with Lissemore and Geathers pushing out Olshansky.
Summary: Second-round inside linebacker Bruce Carter (knee) will start the season on the Non-Football Injury list, but the Cowboys only kept three ILBs. Cummings' release is a bit of a surprise. Another 2009 draft pick disappears; Williams loses his spot to Albright, who was more active on defense and special teams.
Summary: The Cowboys certainly needed a fifth corner (McCann) with Newman and Jenkins missing all of preseason. Scandrick and Ball could play a lot in the opener.
Summary: Tough call on Owusu-Ansah, who has talent and lost most of his rookie year to injury. But Church and McCray add so much on special teams.
Summary: Bailey will likely handle place kicks to start the season, with Buehler the kickoff threat from the 35-yard line. Apparently the Cowboys weren't committed to guaranteeing the salaries for veteran kickers Shayne Graham and Dave Rayner.