4 Replies to “A Very Early Cowboys Roster Projection”

  1. I think what you have done with the roster is pretty accurate. I don’t see a lot of areas where UDFAs break through. Noah has a good chance for the reasons you listed. Perhaps Ivie or Carrol also.

    As far as Scandrick, a third possibility is someone saw the CBs being drafted by Dallas and put a phone call in to see what the going price was. I believe, based on Scandrick’s mentality, that there was a positive. That being, he has always seen himself as under-appreciated and these rumors will fire him up.

    I question Marquez White aa well. Still, he is a 6th rounder and I think our secondary coach can develop him. White has the build, but his coverage skills need work. So 6 corners and 5 safeties looks dead on. With all the veteran WRs being picked up by the NFC East, our rookies will be thrown in the fire early.

    Unlike some, I believe we have a very good upgrade on the DL. The 2 rookies, Taco and Tapper will surprise – maybe Tapper more than Taco. Paea and Moore, both coming back to Marinelli, will also surprise. Marinelli looked super excited when Joey Ivie was taken. My gut agrees with you on Thornton and believes Joey Ivie or Carrol replace Cedric Thornton. If not, perhaps those young pups are enough of a nip at his heels to have Cedric earn his paycheck.

  2. After getting a chance to review video of the later round draft choices, I would make a change to my projection. Unfortunately, I came away unimpressed with the three games of Marquez White on Draft Breakdown. The team obviously has access to much more information and may have a plan to get more out of him. Maybe a change in the type of coverage they plan to use versus what he primarily used at FSU. He played a lot of zone with a large cushion at FSU. Maybe he had an injury that hampered his play last season. In the games I watched, he gave up a lot of receptions, wasn’t aggressive in trying to make tackles, and had a few bad penalties.

    I thought the video of Joey Ivie was more impressive. The problem at defensive line is the numbers, which are already on the high end at ten. Who would have knock off the roster? Possibilities include:

    Cedric Thornton – Cutting or trading Thornton would incur $3.75 million in dead money, although there would be cap savings of $500,000 for 2017 and there would be no further dead money in future years. His salary amounts for 2017, 2018, and 2019 are $3 million, $4 million, and $4 million. If Thornton’s play is below expectations again, it could be worth it to take the hit in dead money and keep Ivie instead.

    Damontrae Moore – Moore has already been released by several teams, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him not make the cut. In his favor is a very cheap two year contract. If he plays well in 2017, the team can retain him for 2018 at low cost.

    Stephen Paea – Paea only received $500,000 in guaranteed money, so that dead money hit is low. The team would save $1,406,250 in cap charges if he is cut or traded.

    Benson Mayowa – Cutting or trading Mayowa would incur $2.2 million in dead money, although there would be cap savings of $400,000 for 2017 and there would be no further dead money in future years. His salary amounts for 2017 and 2018 are $1.75 million and $2.75 million. Mayowa played decently in the latter half of last season, so he is less likely to not make the cut.

    1. The good thing is, if the other parts of the team produce as expected, they can still be a very good team with league average DL play. And there are a few players with the upside to surpass current expectations.

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