This is the first 53-man roster of the season for the Dallas Cowboys, not the final one. It will change soon and several times. Having said that, here is an initial look at the 2014 Cowboys: QUARTERBACKS (3) Tony Romo Brandon Weeden Dustin Vaughan Vaughan, the undrafted free agent from West Texas A&M, surviving the cuts is a mild surprise. The Cowboys haven’t kept a third quarterback on the roster in recent years, but they saw enough potential in Vaughan to determine he was worth developing and didn’t want to expose him to waivers.
IRVING, Texas -- As expected, defensive end Anthony Spencer is on the Dallas Cowboys' active roster. The Cowboys had to remove Spencer from the active/physically unable to perform list to add him to the 53-man roster. He will not play in the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, but if he was kept on reserve/PUP, he would have missed the first six games of the season. On Friday, coach Jason Garrett said he was not sure when Spencer would be able to practice.
Most significant move: It’s not so much who the Dallas Cowboys cut, but who they kept. For the first time since 2011, the Cowboys will keep three quarterbacks. In 2011 they had Tony Romo, Jon Kitna and Stephen McGee. Undrafted rookie Dustin Vaughan will join Romo and Brandon Weeden. For now. Vaughan has made great strides since May and finished the preseason with 212 yards on 22-of-43 passing with a touchdown. With Romo’s return from back surgery at least a minor issue, the Cowboys figured it was worth keeping Vaughan as a developmental player.
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys acquired defensive end Lavar Edwards from the Tennessee Titans for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015, according to sources. Edwards (6-foot-4, 277 pounds) was a fifth-round pick of the Titans last year. He had nine tackles in seven games as a rookie. He will have a chance to immediately contribute along the Cowboys’ defensive line. Last year, the Cowboys picked up defensive linemen Edgar Jones (from Kansas City) and Caesar Rayford (from Indianapolis) on the final-cut weekend.