Who stays, who goes when the first NFL cuts come?
With two weeks left in preseason, these early cuts are going to be heavily influenced by having enough bodies to facilitate games and practices. While merit will certainly be a factor, the numbers game throughout the roster will probably be a bigger one.
This is especially true given what we saw during Friday night’s preseason game. Down went Neville Gallimore, Sean McKeon, and Ty Nsekhe to varying degrees of injury, perhaps keeping an extra DT, TE, or OT on the roster a little longer than the team might have originally expected.
Keep in mind that reducing the roster size isn’t just through cuts. The Cowboys could place a qualifying player on injured reserve, but doing that now would make that player ineligible to return at any point in 2021. A player has to go through final cuts and make the 53, then go on IR, if you want to bring him back during the season.