The Cowboys have until September 3rd to make a final decision on who to keep and who to cut. The infamous NFL cut-down day is on Saturday and there will be plenty of sweaty palms and nervous players come Friday night.
Dallas cut their roster size down to 80 on Tuesday by releasing center Andre Gurode and placing two players on the reserve/non-football injury list. That just prolonged the inevitable for many players, but it at least gives them a chance to make a last minute impression.
There may be a few surprises come Saturday but the Cowboys core group of players should remain in tact, like quarterback Tony Romo and linebacker DeMarcus Ware.
Since the guts of the team should stay the same what will the extremities look like? How will special teams perform and will the Cowboys defensive line play better than it did last season now that defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is leading the way?
Well, for Cowboy nation I sure hope so.
Lets take a look at how every projected starter has graded before the 2011 NFL regular season kicks off.