Cowboys Insider Calls for Shocking Cuts in Roster Prediction

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The Dallas Cowboys are figuring out who will make up the team’s final roster, and those in the know are revealing who they expect to make it to the fall.

The Cowboys only have 53 roster spots to work with, which means there will always be worthy or talented players that are deemed surplus to Dallas’ needs. Narrowing that down is always a challenge, and the Cowboys are coming off a relatively successful season as the NFC East champs.

The Athletic reporter Jon Machota took the challenge of predicting the team’s final roster, which came with some surprising decisions. In terms of veterans that Machota expects to depart, defensive tackle Carlos Watkins stands out.

“Veteran Carlos Watkins was the odd man out despite having played 438 defensive snaps last year,” Machota explained. “Dallas would be thrilled to have a difficult decision like this because it would likely mean the others are all healthy entering the season. [DeMarcus] Lawrence, [Dorance] Armstrong, [Dante] Fowler and [Sam] Williams should see the most snaps off the edge. [Neville] Gallimore and [Osa] Odighizuwa should see the most snaps on the inside.”

Watkins has significant NFL experience and was a solid presence on the defensive line in 2021, which makes his potential release surprising.

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