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Running Backs & Bubble Players Are Ones To Watch Against The Rams

August 12th, 2017 at 12:35 PM
By Sports Media 101

LOS ANGELES – Time for a second go-around.

The Cowboys are making the short trip from their camp in Oxnard, Calif., to the Los Angeles Coliseum, where they’ll face the L.A. Rams for the second preseason in a row.

Last year, this game gave football fans a first glimpse of Dak Prescott, who made the most of extended playing time in one of the most memorable preseason performances in recent memory.

Once again, as we get set for kick off, the staff of has a new batch of players they’ll be watching during this pivotal audition for the final roster.

Rob Phillips

RB Rod Smith — Smith is one of my favorite players to watch in camp because of his running style: powerful, explosive and decisive. He was making a strong case for a roster spot even before Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, and now he has a clear path to make the team with Elliott heading to the Reserve/Suspended list at the end of preseason. Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris are most likely to share carries when the season starts, but Smith has four exhibition games left to show he should be part of that rotation.

LB Mark Nzeocha — Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith were held out of the Hall of Fame Game, and it’s unlikely either will get much playing time, if any, Saturday. That should mean more reps for Nzeocha, primarily a backup middle linebacker with the versatility to play the strong side, too. Nzeocha is an interesting player because he can cover a lot of ground for a 240-pounder. He was playing well in last year’s preseason game against the Rams until he strained his Achilles’ tendon. Let’s see what he can do with potentially a lot of snaps.

Bryan Broaddus

RB Ronnie Hillman — After some brief action against the Cardinals …

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