The Dallas Cowboys have released rookie running back Bo Scarbrough. The Alabama star was selected in the seventh round (236th overall) of April’s draft and many figured he’d be given a little extra leeway being a fresh pick, but the Cowboys front office didn’t see it that way. Scarbrough had 24 carries for 69 yards in the preseason for a measly 2.9 yard average and it would have been even worse than that had it not been for his lone good run, a 28-yard scamper in the Cowboys first preseason game against San Francisco. He also had the team’s only rushing touchdown of the preseason. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough.
Cowboy cut RB Bo Scarbrough, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 1, 2018
Over the last couple games, he’s been outperformed by another late-round draft pick (from 2016) Darius Jackson. And the team obviously agrees as Jackson was given the nod over Scarbrough in final roster cuts. Of course, the Cowboys were trying to give us a little hint on Thursday night against the Houston Texans.
Darius Jackson started at HB tonight over Bo Scarbrough. Jackson is on the bubble, a big game might get him on the 53.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 31, 2018
As the Cool One mentioned recently, those last roster spots could come down to who offers more on special teams and when it comes to Scarbrough & Jackson, they got an equal amount of opportunities to show what they can contribute.
Scarbrough has been plagued with injuries his entire college career. He tore his ACL in 2015, forcing him to red-shirt his freshmen season. He was having an outstanding sophomore year, rushing 125 times for 812 yards (6.4 ypc) and scoring 11 touchdowns. He had an amazing three-game stretch where he rushed for 364 yards and six touchdowns, but unfortunately he broke his right fibula in the National Championship game. Last year, Scarbrough’s numbers didn’t jump out at you as he only rushed for 596 yards on 124 carries, but he did find the end zone eight times. The underwhelming numbers and injury concerns caused him to fall to the seventh round of the draft.
And it didn’t help his case much when he suffered a hip injury against the Cincinnati Bengals that caused him to miss a little practice time.
The question now becomes - will Scarbrough clear waivers and can the Cowboys sneak him on the practice squad?
Do you agree with the Cowboys decision to cut Scarbrough?