OFFENSE Quarterbacks (3) STARTER Tony Romo BACKUPS Kyle Orton, Alex Tanney COMMENTS Romo was accurate to everyone by Terrance Williams against Arizona. His only other incompletion was a throwaway. Orton was the opposite, which might be a reason to keep Tanney around. There's still a real good chance that Dallas only keeps two quarterbacks, but up until his interception, Tanney showed the pocket presence and accuracy to make a case for keeping three. Running backs (4) STARTER DeMarco Murray BACKUPS Lance Dunbar, Joseph Randle, Phillip Tanner COMMENTS Dunbar showed why Dallas is high on him with his burst (despite the fumble), but his injury might force Dallas to keep four running backs, if the Cowboys weren't going to already. Tanner got no carries against the Cardinals and doesn't really provide much as a runner, so Dallas ultimately will have to decide if he's worth keeping just for special teams. I don't think so, but the injury complicates the issue. Wide receivers (5) STARTERS Dez Bryant, Miles Austin BACKUPS Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Dwayne Harris PRACTICE SQUAD Tim Benford COMMENTS Bryant and Austin are looking like a very dangerous pair, and Williams flashed ability to add to that if he and Romo can get on the same page. Despite his turnover (saying that a lot tonight), Harris' place is pretty much secured as the primary return man, while Beasley seems locked into the fifth spot based on his play the previous week. The question is will Dallas keep a sixth receiver like Anthony Armstrong? Probably not if it keeps a fourth running back. Benford looks like he's headed back to the practice squad, but I can't say any of the other receivers are showing enough to join him. I was hoping to see more from Danny Coale, Eric Rogers and Jared Green. Tight ends (4) STARTER Jason Witten BACKUPS Gavin Escobar, James Hanna, Dante Rosario PRACTICE SQUAD Andre Smith COMMENTS A lot of people seem convinced that Dallas will not use Escobar as much as Hanna this season, but I'm not sure about that. I though Escobar was the better player against Arizona, although granted, most of his highlights came against backups. I didn't see anything from Hanna, though, that made me believed he'd lock up a starting spot in the 12 personnel. Linemen (9) STARTERS Tyron Smith, Ron Leary, Travis Frederick, Mackenzy Bernadeau, Doug Free BACKUPS David Arkin, Phil Costa, Nate Livings, Jermey Parnell PRACTICE SQUAD Edawn Coughman COMMENTS Smith didn't have his best game, but still was pretty solid as the first-team line played fairly well. The weak link was Bernadeau, who got knocked back or out of the way (in the way of the running backs) several times. Arkin outplayed him and might deserve a chance to unseat him in the starting lineup if Dallas doesn't add Brian Waters. Many seem to have prejudged Arkin as a bust, but he's actually played pretty well in the preseason, even in his stints with the starters. If Demetress Bell shows signs that he can get back to his Buffalo form, he might get Dallas to keep a 10th lineman. DEFENSE Linemen (9) STARTERS DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff, Jason Hatcher, Anthony Spencer BACKUPS Kyle Wilber, Sean Lissemore, Ben Bass, Nick Hayden, George Selvie PRACTICE SQUAD Jerome Long COMMENTS Ware continues to look like he's going to live in the backfield in this scheme, and despite missing two starters, the line actually help up well against Arizona with Hayden and Selvie in the lineup. Bass also flashes some ability, while the player who really caught my eye Saturday was one of the newest to the team, Thaddeus Gibson. While I didn't add him to the roster, I was tempted because he was tearing up the Arizona backups against the run and pass. He shows nice balance and movement skills. Linebackers (6) STARTERS Bruce Carter, Sean Lee, Justin Durant BACKUPS Ernie Sims, Brandon Magee, DeVonte Holloman PRACTICE SQUAD Deon Lacey, Caleb McSurdy COMMENTS The loss of Alex Albright for the season makes this position easier to pick. Albright was a question mark to make the roster this year, but showed more ability last year as a linebacker than we've seen from Magee. Magee is starting to come on some, though, and seems to be favored over McSurdy. Holloman isn't consistent, but he's catching eyes with his playmaking ability, and Lacey has flashed at times. I moved Durant back into the starting lineup ahead of Sims because of Sims' injury. Cornerbacks (5) STARTERS Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr BACKUPS Orlando Scandrick, Sterling Moore, B.W. Webb COMMENTS Carr had a tough assignment, but I didn't think this group played too poorly considering it was without Claiborne. I didn't notice any glaring mistakes by Webb this time. Safeties (5) STARTERS Barry Church, Will Allen BACKUPS J.J. Wilcox, Matt Johnson, Eric Frampton PRACTICE SQUAD Jeff Heath, Jakar Hamilton COMMENTS The three backups here all missed the Arizona game. Maybe that helped them because I didn't see any of the other potential backups step up and seize a spot. Danny McCray did force a fumble, but I still maintain that Frampton has shown to be the better player as a safety, on special teams and pricewise. SPECIAL TEAMS Long snapper LP Ladouceur Kicker Dan Bailey Punter Chris Jones COMMENTS I haven't looked at the numbers, but Jones doesn't appear to be punting as well as he did last preseason. He was booming punts then and pinning return men on the sideline. Maybe the new special teams coach is asking him to do it differently for now so he can evaluate the coverage.