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Cowboys Depth Chart – OTA Updates

Rookie Mini-Camp is over and information has been leaking from Cowboys OTA’s that are best observed by updating the Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart. Rotations, options and how the Cowboys are looking to increase their versatility along the offensive line are all recorded in the chart below. In depth observations at the bottom.

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This is a practical exercise that looks at the present state of the Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart as it currently is and the players were to take the field.

Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart – Offense

XWR Dez Bryant Dwayne Harris Tim Benford
ZWR Terrance Williams Devin Street Chris Boyd LaRon Byrd
YWR Dwayne Harris Devin Street Cole Beasely
LT Tyron Smith Jermey Parnell John Wetzel
LG Ronald Leary Mackenzy Bernadeau Jerrod Pughsley Andre Cureton
C Travis Frederick Mackenzy Bernadeau
RG Zack Martin Mackenzy Bernadeau Ronald Patrick Brian Clarke
RT Doug Free Jermey Parnell Jerrod Pughsley Josh Aladenoye
TE Jason Witten Gavin Escobar James Hanna Jordan Najvar
QB Tony Romo Kyle Orton Brandon Weeden Dustin Vaughan
RB DeMarco Murray Lance Dunbar Joseph Randle Ben Malena
FB J.C. Copeland Tyler Clutts Wilson Martez (LB)

Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart – Defense

SDE Tyrone Crawford Jeremy Mincey Ben Gardner Ken Bishop
1T Terrell McClain Nick Hayden Ken Bishop Davon Coleman
3T Henry Melton Ben Bass Ben Gardner Amobi Okoye
WDE Demarcus Lawrence George Selvie Ben Bass Caesar Rayford
SLB Kyle Wilber Justin Durant Cameron Lawrence Wilson Martez
MLB DeVonte Holloman Justin Durant Anthony Hitchens Dontavis Sapp
WLB Bruce Carter Justin Durant Will Smith  Joe Windsor 
LCB Brandon Carr Orlando Scandrick Sterling Moore
RCB Morris Claiborne Orlando Scandrick Terrence Mitchel Jocquel Skinner 
SCB Orlando Scandrick B.W. Webb Sterling Moore Terrence Mitchel
LS J.J. Wilcox Jeff Heath Ahmad Dixon Ryan Smith
RS Barry Church Matt Johnson Jakar Hamilton  Marvin Robinson 

Dallas Cowboys Injured – Not Active Players

DT Chris Whaley** Left Knee DE Anthony Spencer Left Knee – Micro Fracture
WR L’Damian Washinton AC Joint  LB Sean Lee Left Knee – ACL
LT Darrion Weems Chest

Updates and adjustments as we receive them

** Chris Whaley was reportedly signed as a “stash” pick by Jerry Jones.

The Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart is a collaborative effort in the off season.

Cowboys Depth Chart Changes

Zack Martin is locked in at RG. Many have him penned in as the RT of the future. Not so fast. So far Martin is playing RG almost exclusively. As a minimum the Cowboys are allowing him to maximize his learning curve at the single position for now. It can also indicate that the Cowboys view him as the RG for 2014 and beyond. This fits the narrative of many scouts who profiled that Zack Martin could play RT but would be an all pro at guard.

Mackenzy Bernadeau is playing RG, OC and LG in OTA’s. He could possibly start at LG where current starter Ronald Leary is not a lock. OTA’s tend to favor quickness and agility over power players. We will see how it looks between the two once the pads come on and Leary can use his best skill set.

Darrion Weems is currently injured from a freak weight room accident,  but penciled in at LT behind Tyron Smith. Parnell is currently playing both but Cowboys brass have mentioned how they want to take a hard look at Weems. Parnell is ahead of where he was last year at this time and is looking to make the swing tackle job a one man race. The Cowboys would prefer that he and Weems fight it out in camp. Injuries may dictate otherwise.

Lance Dunbar looks to be taking on the Reggie Bush role for the Cowboys that Linehan used in Detroit.

Tyrone Crawford is much better, coming along nicely and sore. This is normal but a reminder, he isn’t healed yet and as with most achilles injuries it may very well be “a process” throughout the year. With the Cowboys looking to drastically reduce the snaps of their starters on the DL this year this should minimize Crawford’s injury recovery impact in 2014.

Demarcus Lawrence is being looked at as more than a pass rush specialist according to coaches.  It’s all going to come down to how he handles it when the offense runs right at him. This has been the identified aspect of his game that would limit him all along. End result, with the rotation heavy strategy for the DL in 2014 in pace, he is being “touted” as the starter at this point. That puts George Selvie as a backup swing DE. This is a position that we here at believe he is especially well suited.  Selvie should get his snaps, be fresh and have another solid year.

At the moment DeVonte Holloman is running at the Mike with Kyle Wilber on the strong side but the starting LB unit is getting lots of looks.  Veteran Justin Durant is getting solid run at the Mike as well as both OLB positions. He may be the Mackenzy Bernadeau of the defense this season if the Cowboys are able to go with Holloman and Wilber as starters.

Morris Claiborne is the number three cornerback. Orlando Scandrick moves to the slot when Claiborne comes in. This is not for show. The Cowboys are letting them fight it out and don’t seem nervous about who the winner is. 3rd CB is considered a starting position in the NFL now, but to be clear, Claiborne is number three on the depth chart.

Sterling Moore is number four on the depth chart at CB and rookie Terrence Mitchel is pushing him as hard as a rookie the coaches haven’t seen in pads can push. Tough, physical and smart this ball hawk is someone to keep a very close eye on.

Jakar Hamilton is turning some heads and creeping up the Cowboys depth chart. Matt Johnson has seen the field every day.

Lots of information and even more questions as is usual this time of year. Check back often!

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