Cut down day rolls on for the Dallas Cowboys, and one has been a surprise. Not because of the name, exactly, but because of what it indicates about the plan for the initial 53 man roster. The Cowboys have reportedly released Darius Jackson, and since they have already been reported to be releasing Bo Scarbrough, it looks like they will roll into the season without a RB3.
Cowboys are going to release Bo Scarbrough and Darius Jackson, source says, and will go with two RBS: Zeke and Rod Smith.— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) September 1, 2018
That seems a bit of a risky strategy for a team that is so reliant on a strong running game. But it must be remembered that this is just the initial 53 man roster that is being set. Things can change. Here are some likely options:
- They stick with just Ezekiel Elliott and Rod Smith as “pure” running backs, but call on Jamize Olawale (who is very athletic for a fullback) and Tavon Austin to serve as the RB for some snaps.
- They could bring back either Jackson or Scarbrough if no one else picks them up. The team still has not announced what will happen with Travis Frederick, and if he goes on IR, there would be a spot to fill that could be used to address this.
- They can also hit the waiver wire or try to sign a veteran running back that comes available.
Most thought the RB3 job was a battle between Jackson and Scarbrough. It turned out to be a battle to prove the team had to carry one, and that battle got lost.