BREAKING: Cowboys announce 53-man roster

The Dallas Cowboys have officially announced the 53-man roster for the 2016 season on Saturday.

In order to get to this point, the Cowboys had to cut the roster from 75 to 53 players in only four days time. This is the time of year when lifelong dreams are fulfilled, but also dashed at the same time. Below are players that were officially cut by the Cowboys in order to meet the 53-man roster requirement:

– Jake Brendel (C)

– Isaiah Frey (CB)

– Ryan Russell (DE)

– Boston Stiverson (G)

– Matt Wile (K)

– Rodney Coe (DT)

– Derek Akunne (LB)

– Vince Mayle (WR)

– Ryan Mack (T)

– Austin Traylor (TE)

– Rico Gathers (TE)

– Brandon Hepburn (LB)

– Bryan Witzmann (T)

– Jerrod Johnson (QB)

– Deon King (LB)

– Lawrence Okoye (DE)

– Andy Jones (WR)

– Mike McAdoo (DE)

– Devin Street (WR)

– Deji Olatoye (CB)

In addition, the Cowboys have decided to place running back Darren McFadden on the NFI list, which means that he will miss the first six games of the season. To put the current 53-man roster into perspective, take a look at the chart below by NFL Draft Zone’s Dan Turner:

UPDATE: The Cowboys have just acquired quarterback Mark Sanchez (who was recently released by the Denver Broncos) for veteran insurance behind rookie Dak Prescott. For Week one, the quarterback depth should have Dak Prescott as the clear starter with both Mark Sanchez and Jameill Showers backing him up. This is all assuming Tony Romo does in fact get put on IR later this weekend as expected. There are several young players on this cut list that the Cowboys should attempt to put on their practice squad. Jake Brendel, Andy Jones, Deon King, Rico Gathers, Austin Traylor, Vince Mayle, and Ryan Russell could find their way on to the practice squad if they are not picked up by another team. In my opinion, they have all shown promise in both training camp and in the preseason.

Even with the Cowboys officially trimming the roster to 53 players, potential trades and waiver claims could complicate things. This will be a fluid process throughout the next few hours depending on the moves this team could make. One expected move is to place Tony Romo on IR, with designation to return. This would would make him inactive for at least the first eight weeks of the season. He would also be unable to practice for at least the first six weeks. This is a hypothetical, but he would not count against the roster until Sunday.

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