Cowboys finalize 53-man roster, for now

IRVING -- The Dallas Cowboys regular season opener is now just six days away, which means time for preparation is running out.

"I think we're probably similar to a lot of teams around the league," said Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett. "There are certainly things you feel really good about going into the opener and there are some other things that there are some questions about as we go forward."

The Cowboys hope many of their questions have been answered after they finalized their 53-man roster on Saturday, leaving 17 new names on the roster for now.

No one was more excited to see his name on the list than cornerback Tyler Patmon.

"I'm proud, man. I'm proud," Patmon said. "I just know the job is not done."

With Orlando Scandrick out with a four-game suspension, Patmon is expected to see extended playing time during the first month of the season at the cornerback position. He had a great training camp, and made huge strides as a free agent out of Oklahoma State.

"Man, it was tough. It was definitely a tough road, but one I definitely enjoyed and need to just to experience how it is in this league," Patmon said.

The biggest change is on defense, where four players who started on opening day last year are gone. Unlike Patmon, those replacements have NFL experience, but not as a full defensive unit.

"You can't focus on this guy missing or that guy missing, you just have to focus on what you need to do, perfect your craft, and plug them in when the time is right," said Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey.

"We're still building the chemistry," said Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton. "It's going to take a little bit of time, but there are a lot of guys that people haven't heard about that they're going to hear about."

Of the 10 rookies on the roster today, only offensive guard Zack Martin will be starting right away.

Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is listed on the roster and was expected to start as a rookie until he suffered a broken right foot during training camp.


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