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Could a Former Mike McCarthy Player Solidify Cowboys’ FB Position?

Former Packers FB Aaron Ripkowski could solidify the Cowboys FB position.

The Dallas Cowboys don’t currently have a proven fullback on the roster after Jamize Olawale surprisingly decided to opt out of the 2020 season. They may have a few candidates on the roster, however, no one with an established track record at the NFL level or the collegiate one for that matter. There is however a former Mike McCarthy player who could fit the bill.

Enter former Green Bay Packers FB Aaron Ripkowski.

Aaron Ripkowski played under Mike McCarthy with the Green Bay Packers from 2015-2017. He joined the Packers as a sixth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2015 and took over as the starting fullback in Year 2 when they didn’t re-sign John Kuhn. He was eventually released in 2018, but not before he helped lead them to the playoffs in back to back seasons (2016, 2017), playing a vital role both years.

Aaron Ripkowski
Free Agent FB Aaron Ripkowski

Sadly, Ripkowski hasn’t played in a single game the last two years. He did sign a reserve/future contract with the Kansas City Chiefs last year, but was released a few months later. Being two years removed from the game doesn’t exactly bode well for him reuniting with Mike McCarthy in Dallas, but it doesn’t mean his name hasn’t come up as a potential FB replacement either.

Aaron Ripkowski checks a lot of the boxes the Dallas Cowboys could be looking for in a Jamize Olawale replacement. He is a proven veteran Mike McCarthy already knows how to utilize, he plays special teams, he’s inexpensive, and he’s a nativeborn Texan (Dayton, Texas). Kicking the tires on such a player in training camp wouldn’t exactly be unwise on the Cowboys part.

As things stand right now, the Dallas Cowboys don’t have anyone on the current roster they know for sure can step in and fill the void left by Jamize Olwale. They may have a few players in mind, but none of them with the kind of track record Aaron Ripkowski brings to the table.

Now it’s unlikely bringing in Ripkowski is being discussed much, if any, behind closed doors due to the irregular offseason caused by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, but he remains an option nonetheless. His link to Mike McCarthy helps his cause a little, but right now this is nothing more than out-of-the-box thinking and speculation on my part. If it becomes true though, remember you heard it here first.

Do you think Aaron Ripkowski could solidify the Dallas Cowboys FB position?

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  1. Not really! McCarthy wants to start with fresh guys for his implementation of offensive football. With two young men willing & able to stand up to this challenge. I believe he’d go with Sewo!

  2. Nice article and good suggestion/consideration. We need all the help we can get. This is a year where experience trumps young upcoming talent due to no real training camp or preseason. Not at every position but certainly at Full Back. It’s a position that few have any experience with coming out of college. Ripkowski has multiple things going for him as you pointed out in the article. He is experienced at full back, knows McCarthy and McCarthy knows him. He is fresh after not beating up his body the last two seasons. He is still a good age for a full back, especially after 2 years off. He is cheap and available. Let’s take a look at him in camp.

  3. If we need a FB that bad then ripkowski would be a good option, but if we don’t use a FB like we haven’t been the last few years then it would be pointless to sign him!! We’d be better off just using a TE or the undrafted free agent!! We all know how much Mccarthy liked using a FB in green bay, but he’s changed a lot about the way he does things, so using a FB mite not be that high of a priority for him anymore!! We’ll just have to wait and see what happens when it comes to that position!!

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