This article is part of our Depth Chart Watch series.
After four weeks of watching second- and third-string players battle for their NFL lives, the preseason has thankfully come to a close; we're finally coming up on real game action! That means we're down to normal 53-man rosters which in turn means you and I have a whole bunch of cuts and job battles to sort through. Let's do so.
Mark Sanchez was released after failing to win Denver's quarterback job, so the Cowboys – needing a veteran backup for rookie Dak Prescott, who's set to spend at least half the season as the starter – have gone out and signed up the former Jet and Eagle to be their No. 2 man. Meanwhile, Tony Romo's going to remain on the active roster rather than IR despite facing a return timeline of 8-to-10 weeks, a decision that resulted in the Cowboys cutting Jameill Showers.
No veteran backup needed here; the Broncos' No. 2 man behind starter Trevor Siemian is rookie Paxton Lynch. They did, however, just sign Austin Davis to be third on the chart after he was cut by the Browns.
Los Angeles Rams
Not only did No. 1 pick Jared Goff not win the starting job, he's not even the top backup to Case Keenum – that would be Sean Mannion, a third round pick from last season. Still, I don't think it would be hugely surprising to see all three of these guys make starts at some