The Dallas Cowboys were entertaining at HBOs Hard blows Series this preseason that shows Dak Prescott’s urge to get back on the field, Ezekiel Elliott’s joy of being with his teammates again, and underrated players like LB Azur Kamara having a Cinderella season.
All NFL teams must reduce their roster to 80 by Tuesday and to 53 by August 31. Dallas has some key roster changes to make over the next few weeks, including what to do with their large pool of WRs. Fortunately, there are a few players at the bottom of the depths table who are far enough to reach the final lineup and the cowboys can make the easier decisions first.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at three players the Dallas Cowboys can remove before Week 1.
# 1 – LB Jaylen Smith
Jaylen Smith has been rumored to be trading for most of the NFL off-season, and his preseason performances support that rumor. He didn’t see himself physically or mentally in NFL preseason action.
His base salary for 2021 is already guaranteed, leaving the Dallas Cowboys with almost $ 7 million on the hook from the move, but they can get something back for the player. However, the longer you wait, the less valuable it becomes. Rookie Micah Parsons and the free agent who signed Keanu Neal are good enough to fill Smith’s void.
# 2 – QB Ben DiNucci
The Dallas Cowboys have four QBs left and will eventually have to cut at least one. You could end up running for the NFL season with just two QBs, but Ben DiNucci will be cut either way. Garrett Gilbert and Cooper Rush played well while DiNucci did not outperform either. He threw three INTs against the Houston Texans. He only started one game in 2020 with Dak for the year and lost. Week 3 preseason game could be Rush vs Gilbert to see who the QB2 is for the Dallas Cowboys.
# 3 – WR Osirus Mitchell
The Mississippi state UDFA survived the first round of cuts. Osirus Mitchell had two catches for 31 yards in three NFL preseason games and zero catches in the first two single-target games.
Mitchell could be dropped from the training squad as Cedrick Wilson and Noah Brown gain traction as fifth and sixth WRs. Still a fourth-string player, Mitchell is a player who is easy to cut, or at least dispense with, when the Dallas Cowboys see potential in him on the training team.