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Cowboys RB Bo Scarbrough Running Uphill for Roster Spot

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Running Back Bo Scarbrough is used to the big stage, going from the University of Alabama to the Dallas Cowboys in this year's draft. But the rookie's college pedigree doesn't insure him of anything in the pros. In fact, he's likely fighting an uphill battle for a roster spot.

At best, Scarbrough would be third on the Cowboys' RB depth chart in 2018. Rod Smith's experience and versatility make him the better backup to Ezekiel Elliott. Smith's proven ability to play special teams also makes it easier to get him on the active 46 every week.

Tavon Austin is also a consideration. The veteran free agent is listed at running back, and even though he may be more of a RB/WR hybrid that roster spot is easier to take from the runners. Elliott's heavy workload as a starter alleviates the need to go long.

That said, on Thursday I posted my latest 53-man roster projection and had Scarbrough making the team. Here is what I said about his opportunity:

"Scarbrough is an interesting case. We're all excited about him getting a head of steam running behind the Cowboys' offensive line. But how much will he actually get to play with the first-team line? Will he get to look impressive behind Joe Looney and Chaz Green?

Helping the rookie is that Rod Smith has an expiring contract, so I think Dallas will find ways to give Bo looks to determine his long-term value. A battering ram is nice as a backup, particularly for later in games after the defense is already worn down."

Even if he doesn't get to run behind Travis Frederick and Zack Martin much, Scarbrough can still impress before final cuts. Opposing defenses are pretty bad late in preseason games, and talented runners can often shine as long as their blocking is even semi solvent.

But even if Bo shows well in August, the numbers game may still do him in.

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Dallas Cowboys RB Bo Scarbrough

As already mentioned, Dallas will be using a roster spot on Tavon Austin as a hybrid player. They also may want to go long at receiver with the uncertainty around new arrivals such as Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Deonte Thompson.

There's also tight end to consider. On my last projection I had Dallas keeping just three players. But Rico Gathers or Blake Jarwin could easily make themselves more desirable to keep.

That decision could come down to who the Cowboys think they can get to the practice squad. Dallas already had to sign Jarwin last year to keep him from being poached by the Eagles. Gathers would also be tough to stash given what he flashed in the last preseason, let alone what he may do this year.

That's not to say Scarbrough will be any easier, but the Cowboys also have Darius Jackson in the mix. They could be okay with risking the seventh-round rookie to free agency with their former sixth-round pick available.

And really, who's to say that Jackson won't be more intriguing than Scarbrough by the end of preseason?

That is why Scabrough is the 53rd man on my last roster projection. The depth at his position and other needs on the offensive roster make his spot extremely perilous. I do like his potential, but I've learned to never get too attached to a late-round rookie.



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2 Comments
  • Chuck Wright

    Ugh, what a wasted pick. No room for him and they could have snagged Poona Ford who looks to be part of Seattle’s DL rotation.

  • Steve

    IMO, Bo will be a solid, heavy force in the 4th when opposing D’s will be tired and he can bring in some fresh legs and keep Zeke fresh all year as well… I know we have Smith and he is solid as well but not a down hill runner like Bo! This year IMO is a make/break yr for Garrett because if he doesn’t produce and make the playoffs this yr and at least win one game, he is done and it may very well be a clean house kinda thing or just the top 3 which is HC/OC/DC. Which can make room for Richard and have our team ran by a defensive minded coach! I feel like Garrett is a solid coach but can’t push a team and get the very best out of them, he’s a regular season coach not a playoff type of coach! Hope I eat my words this year but who knows.

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Maliek Collins Activated From PUP, Cowboys’ Front 7 Looking Great

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The Cowboys Defense Have Young Foundation Players To Build Around
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There are tons of reasons to be excited about the Dallas Cowboys' defense with the regular season less than a month away. The most recent one is Defensive Tackle Maliek Collins is coming off the PUP list after passing his physical and is now activated and practicing.

After suffering another foot injury in May, Collins had to undergo surgery and his return to the roster before the season began was questionable. But things are looking good now as the Cowboys expect him to be ready for week 1 versus the Carolina Panthers.

David Helman on Twitter

On the same day he was taken off PUP, Maliek Collins is participating in pre-practice walkthrough. Not sure what that means for his practice regimen, but that's a positive sign #cowboyswire

Collins missed quite some time, so one has to wonder how fast he will be reincorporated to the defense and whether or not he'll get back his starting role or not. The defensive tackle room seems to be loaded with various talent that should be capable of at least giving #96 a tough competition before he can reclaim his spot as if he hadn't been missing any practices.

David Irving may not be a factor on the roster until he comes back from suspension prior to week 5's match-up against the Houston Texans, but there are other young players Collins should be expecting to fight for the starting role.

Antwaun Woods, Jihad Ward, Brian Price and Datone Jones will provide this team with an interesting debate going forward. But even if not one DT emerges as a clear-cut starter above the rest, the Cowboys have serious depth at the position.

To be honest, the entire front seven is very exciting. Not only do the Cowboys count with good DTs, but just take a look at the defensive end room. Led by 2017 second-team All-Pro DeMarcus Lawrence, there is also a deep group of DEs.

Randy Gregory is coming back after a long comeback journey and should earn a lot more snaps as the season progressing. Taco Charlton has made a ton of progress and fourth-round rookie Dorance Armstrong isn't far behind. Not to mention captain Tyrone Crawford, who despite being criticized by many due to his huge contract, is a more than decent DE.

Now, let's talk about the linebackers for a moment here. Before the 2018 NFL Draft, this was seen as one of the weakest units on the team. Fast forward to mid-August and this should be one of the most exciting groups on the team.

Sean Lee will be playing alongside a Jaylon Smith that we've never seen before. Smith is doing things that he wouldn't been able to do a season ago. What he's shown in training camp and through one preseason game should have any Cowboys' fan eager to watch him play in a regular season game. The Jaylon Smith the front office envisioned when taking a risk on him in the 2016 NFL Draft has arrived.

Also in the mix is first round pick Leighton Vander Esch. We haven't been able to watch a lot of playing time from him but we'll sure do pretty soon. He's a week 1 contributor who will play behind what could be one of the best LB duos in the entire NFL.

And just like in the defensive line, the depth seems to be great. Joe Thomas and Damien Wilson have shown what they're capable of and they could be more than special team bodies when needed.

The Dallas Cowboys shouldn't be very concerned about their front seven going forward. It's loaded with talent and even if they rotate their players a lot, this seems like a group that will give any offense a big headache.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign WR Darren Carrington Following Workout in Oxnard

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Dallas Cowboys Sign WR Darren Carrington Following Workout in Oxnard

The Dallas Cowboys have signed another one of the six players worked out on Monday in Oxnard, adding to their already deep group of wide receivers. Most recently with Utah, Pac-12 Wide Receiver Darren Carrington has signed with the team.

Carrington began his college career at Oregon, where he was on track to make it to the NFL before being dismissed from the Ducks for a DUI. This led Carrington to Utah, where he played as a graduate transfer and put up a team high 908 yards and six touchdowns on 70 receptions last season.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys signing former Utah WR Darren Carrington, per source.

At 6021 (6' 2 1/8") and 199 pounds, Carrington is yet another athletic target with long speed for the Cowboys to work into their new-look offense. He joins Ricky Jeune as the second receiver added to the team in training camp, bringing the number of WRs on the roster to 11.

Marchie Murdock, who had two catches for the Cowboys in their preseason opener, was waived (with an injury designation) prior to these roster moves.

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Dallas Cowboys Workout 6 Players, Sign OL Jacob Alsadek

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Dallas Cowboys Workout 6 Players, Sign OL Jacob Alsadek
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The Dallas Cowboys did not receive good news on first-year offensive lineman Marcus Martin, as his injury suffered in San Francisco will likely require season-ending surgery. Martin was signed this offseason as a backup guard/center, and without him the Cowboys have a need for further depth up front. Working out six players at positions of need today, the team has signed former Arizona lineman Jacob Alsadek.

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Congratulations to #TeamDEC client @jacobalsadek on signing with @dallascowboys

This is Alsadek's second stop in the NFL, as he spent most of May with the Green Bay Packers before being released. Alsadek was the cut when the Packers signed former Cowboys Tackle Byron Bell.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Players Cowboys worked out today: Darren Carrington, WR Jacob Alsadek, OL Daronte Bouldin, OL Dominick Sanders, S Ryan Murphy, S Deron Washington, S

The 6'7", 312 pound guard went undrafted in this year's AT&T Stadium hosted draft. He was set to play in the Alliance of American Football League, with an inaugural season scheduled for February.

Now, he's a member of America's Team with a real chance to compete for a backup spot on the best offensive line in the league.

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