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Position Overview: Dallas’ forgotten battle in the backfield

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Position Overview: Dallas’ forgotten battle in the backfield


Since Dallas drafted Ezekiel Elliott back in 2016, the Cowboys, haven’t had to worry about the position. Then in 2019, Dallas, doubled down on their investment by selecting Tony Pollard. Both of these players are recognized around the league as a dynamic duo.

Zeke is known as the workhorse runner, whereas Tony is known as the explosive back. Together they create a solid backfield for the Cowboys. Due to both players being well above average at their jobs, fans tend to forget about the third string running backs.



This past week the world got to see Dallas suit up once again as they played the Denver Broncos. The first preseason game had many things that stuck out, one of which were the running backs.

The one who shinned the most this past week was undrafted rookie, Malik Davis. He only had eight carries against Denver, yet he made the most out of it by rushing for 51 yards. On top of leading the team in rushing yards, Davis also snagged three receptions for 16 yards. Now this was just one game, but the flashes shown by Davis could get greater over the next couple of weeks. The preseason is meant for players like him to showcase their talents against other NFL caliber talent.

Next in line is Rico Dowdle whom is entering his third year with the Cowboys. Having been in Dallas the past two seasons would be considered an advantage to most, however Rico still knows there is much left to prove. In his match-up against Denver, Dowdle, finished second on the team in rushing with nine carries for 36 yards. Leading the team in rushing attempts shows Dallas’ trust in him. Rico has been making plays throughout training, now its time for him to put it together in a game.


Last but not least is another undrafted rookie in Aaron Shampklin. He finished the game with seven carries for 32 yards tagged along side a lone reception for no gain. While he did have less rushing attempts than the other two players, Aaron still finished second amongst running backs with 4.6 yards per carry. His stats don’t scream starter by no means, but he’s had moments that say he could be a contributor. His speed (as seen below) could be one of things that help him make the team.


Fans should definitely feel great about their top two running backs, but it’s always a good thing to have as many capable players as possible.

The preseason still has two more games left, and this is one battle anyone can follow along with. Which of these of guys will you be cheering for?

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