Cowboys unofficial depth chart for Week 1 vs Bucs

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The Dallas Cowboys are knee deep in preparation for their 2022 debut on Sunday night when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After making all of their roster moves last week, including one final adjustment on Monday, the team knows who will be in on the action as they begin their defense of the NFC East.

On Tuesday, the club released their unofficial depth chart for the week, which includes some interesting things that have carried over from the offseason, along with a couple of things that raised eyebrows, including listing 12 defensive starters. The club will be elevating several practice squad guys for the game, and some of them are so anticipated that they are listed on the depth chart.

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Starter: Dak Prescott
2nd String: Cooper Rush (PS)

The Cowboys will elevate Rush from the practice squad to serve as backup for this contest as Prescott begins his seventh season as starter. He’s injury free but with a lesser core of targets.

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Starter: Ezekiel Elliott
2nd: Tony Pollard
3rd: Rico Dowdle

It’s a two-headed attack, but the health of Dowdle should allow Kellen Moore to spell both Elliott and Pollard, who hopefully will see a lot of time on the field together this year.

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Starter: CeeDee Lamb
2nd: Simi Fehoko

Lamb is going to play everywhere, X, Z and slot and he’s going to be moved around to force the defense to declare coverage.

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Starter: Michael Gallup
2nd: Jalen Tolbert

Gallup won’t be ready to go this week but he’s close. The rookie Tolbert struggled with consistency during camp but it’s time to put the big-boy pants on now.

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Starter: Noah Brown
2nd: KaVontae Turpin
3rd: Dennis Houston

Fans will doubt Brown is ready to ascend into the spotlight but he had an incredible camp. Expect Turpin to play a sizable role on offense outside of his returner duties.

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Starter: Dalton Schultz
2nd: Jake Ferguson
3rd: Peyton Hendershot

There’s nothing but youth behind Schultz which raises some alarms considering how much the TEs will be asked to help the tackles.

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Starter: Tyler Smith
2nd: Matt Waletzko

The Cowboys had a plan; it was a bad plan, but it was their plan. Now they have Plan 2023 a year early. At least they got Josh Ball out of the LT paint.

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Starter: Connor McGovern
2nd: Tyler Smith

McGovern gets a second chance to make a first impression. He didn’t fare well in replacing Connor Williams last season, and he spent all of this training camp on the right side while Tyler Smith got acclimated. This is the area of ​​concern on offense.

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Starter: Tyler Biadasz
2nd: Matt Farnio

It was very interesting that Dallas gave Biadasz the safe-starter treatment, playing him the first 15 snaps of the first game and never again. They seem far more confident than the fanbase is.

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Starter: Zack Martin
2nd: Matt Farnio

Martin is the best in the world at what he does. Hopefully Dallas doesn’t lessen his perceived worth by what they have around him in the second half of his career.

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Starter: Terence Steele
2nd: Josh Ball

Steele is now entrenched as the starter for the first time in his career and Ball has to be better on the right side (where Stephen Jones said he belonged in the spring) than he was on the left.

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Starter: DeMarcus Lawrence
2nd: Tarell Basham
3rd: Sam Williams

Lawrence was injured following Week 1 but in every game he played in 2021 he looked the part of a top-tier DE.

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Starter: Quinton Bohanna
2nd: Neville Gallimore
3rd: John Ridgeway

Interesting to see Bohanna, who had a great training camp get the nod here, but Gallimore is the second three-tech and will be in more often than not as passing downs is the base approach now.

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Starter: Osa Odighizuwa
2nd: Trysten Hill

Odighizuwa getting the nod on the starting line as opposed to Gallimore isn’t insignificant, folks.

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Starter: Dorance Armstrong
2nd: Dante Fowler
3rd: Chauncey Golston

Armstrong sat out the entire preseason, so the Cowboys firmly believe he’s capable of being the lead guy to replace Gregory. Fowler has to play in control or he’ll be getting DNP-coaches decisions.

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Starter: Micah Parsons
2nd: Anthony Barr

Click it. I dare you.

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Starter: Leighton Vander Esch
2nd: Jabril Cox
3rd: Devin Harper

Barr is the Parsons insurance, but will play with Vander Esch. Cox may take some time to return to top ability after last year’s ACL tear.

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Starter: Anthony Brown
2nd: Kelvin Joseph
3rd: CJ Goodwin

Joseph has so much work to do to make up ground on Brown now, amazing considering many thought he had a chance to split snaps entering 2021’s final preseason game.

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Starter: Jourdan Lewis
2nd: Daron Bland

Slot corner is one of the league’s toughest jobs and now only Lewis is underrated, Bland looks like a dimaond-in-the-rough.

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Starter: Trevon Diggs
2nd: Nahshon Wright

Can Diggs lead the league in INTs in back-to-back seasons like Everson Walls did? Don’t bet against him, he’s a magnet.

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Starter: Jayron Kearse
2nd: Israel Mukuamu

Mukuamu is a Kearse clone, but all eyes will be watching to see if Kearse was a one-year wonder or if Dallas truly discovered a gem.

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Starter: Donovan Wilson

Wilson is capable of doing everything at the safety position as long as he’s healthy. But that’s been the toughest part.

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Starter: Malik Hooker
2nd: Marquese Bell

No one talks about Hooker except for Jerry Jones; dark horse to emerge as a start out of this season.

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Starter: Brett Maher (PS)

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Starter: Bryan Anger

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Starter: Jake McQuaide

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Starter: KaVontae Turpin
2nd: Tony Pollard
3rd: Rico Dowdle

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Starter: KaVontae Turpin
2nd: Tony Pollard
3rd: CeeDee Lamb

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