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Cowboys Cut RB Darren McFadden; Other Roster Moves

After being inactive for all but one game in 2017, was finally released by the today. The 30-year-old was buried under and on the and clearly did not appeal to Dallas coaches as a potential spark for the .

Despite his successful turn as the starting RB in 2015, McFadden fell out of the Cowboys rotation. His elbow in 2016 cost him the backup job behind and his lack of value kept him in street clothes most of this year. Even when Elliott was out on , Dallas only activated two RBs and kept McFadden on the bench.

While the last year-and-a-half were no doubt frustrating for Darren, the veteran had only nice things to say today as the news of his broke:

Along with McFadden, Dallas also released . Now that 's back, Nugent was no longer needed. He went 7-of-9 over four games for the Cowboys. Both veterans may be able to find work with other teams for the remainder of the season.

Dallas filled one of the two open spots on the roster with . The 26th-overall pick in the 2013 draft, Jones played out his rookie contract with the but did not earn a new deal. He signed with the Vikings this past but an injury hurt his chances of making the team. He has also had failed attempts to catch on in Detroit and San Francisco before now landing in Dallas.

Listed at 6'4″ and over 280 lbs, Jones has the athleticism to play but the size to move inside. Datone even played some in the Packers' 3-4 scheme, so it will be interesting to see how uses him.

The other roster spot was used to sign RB from the . A former undrafted player in 2015, Williams has bounced around several teams. This will actually be his second stint in Dallas; he was signed in 2015 for about a month and sat on the but never active.

At just 5'7″, Williams is not your typical RB and is more of a special teams option. The Cowboys may not even be dressing him considering the way things have gone for Darren McFadden.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
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Fatfan

I was hoping/expecting Rico Gathers to be signed to the active roster…guess they know more than me

Duncan

I hate to repeat the obvious, but our coaches lack the ability to adjust to situations on the field. Going back several weeks, how long do you leave your left tackle in the game after he has given up 1,2,3,4,5,6 sacks.

Why are we running away from the weakness when we should be attacking it, this way Dak can see the pressure. Let the DE come, run screens to that side or a back underneath. We simply have no imagination.

Someone, please tell Anthony Brown that he can’t repeatedly and not get called for P/I or holding. I know our DB’s are young but their cover skills are terrible.
I’m not a Jason Garrett fan, but that’s a conversation for another day.

It simply pains me to watch how inept we are on both sides of the ball.

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