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Which Cowboys players will you be watching closely in the second preseason game?

August 11th, 2017 at 9:03 PM
By Sports Media 101

The Cowboys will take the field for the second time this preseason when they take a hop, skip, and a jump over to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum to face the Los Angeles Rams. With four more quarters of action, there will be plenty to see. Here are the players I will be most interested in watching on Saturday.

Before we get started, let’s ask ourselves the question on everyone’s mind – will Jaylon Smith make his Cowboys debut? Clearly, if he plays, he will become the biggest storyline. But will it be this week? A couple Cowboys insiders don’t seem to think so.

The Running Backs

Well, we might as well address the elephant in the room. Straight off the breaking news that the Cowboys will be without Ezekiel Elliott to start the season, the team will now have to resort to plan B when it comes to orchestrating their running game. The question is – what does that plan look like?

Darren McFadden is currently the Cowboys number two running back. He now steps in into the starting role as he’ll be asked lead this team’s running attack. Before Zeke arrived, McFadden rushed for 1,086 yards in 2015 and that was on an dismal offense that had terrible quarterback play, and he only started 10 games that year. He’ll have Dak this time around.

Of course, DMC isn’t the only former 1,000 yard rusher the Cowboys have on the team. Alfred Morris averaged over 1,000 yards during his four years in Washington. Morris has excelled in a lead back role, but has really struggle when asked to share the load. Would ALF be a more effective bell cow running back for Dallas? He has flashed some good runs, including an impressive game last week against Arizona.

Whether it’s McFadden, Morris, or even Rod Smith – the performance of the running backs just gained a whole new level of interest as we now look for the guy who’s …

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Tags: Alfred Morris, August 10, 2017, August 11, 2017, Brice Butler, Chidobe Awuzie, Cowboys, Darren McFadden, Ezekiel Elliott, Jaylon Smith, Kavon Frazier, Lewis Neal, Los Angeles Rams, Luke McCown, Richard Ash, Rod Smith, Ryan Switzer, Stephen Paea, Taco Charlton

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