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Cowboys RB Rod Smith Should Contend for 2017 Roster

While his brother Jaylon will command our attention this , should not be ignored. After playing 17 games for Dallas over the last two seasons, Smith will return with an excellent opportunity to make the 2017 roster.

To my surprise, Rod Smith made last year's team at final cuts. He did not win the job over but still emerged as one of the standout players on . When he was released in November, Smith was one of the leaders in special teams tackles.

The Cowboys signed Smith to their after at other positions forced Dallas to him. He remained there until Dallas signed Rod to a two-year futures contract in January.

A few days ago, one reporter shared a small tidbit about Rod Smith's prospects for the upcoming season:

It makes sense that Dallas would want Smith to compete at running back. has left in , opening up a spot if the Cowboys wish to keep four players there again. Rod's special teams value could even make him a keeper over , who has fallen down the and could be cut for $1.6 million in cap savings.

With 's heavy workload and back as the primary backup, any other running backs should either have special teams value or be developmental prospects. Rod Smith not only give gives you the special teams use but could also serve as an emergency fullback.

At over 230 pounds, Smith might even give the Cowboys a short-yardage option in case Elliott was fatigued or otherwise unavailable. Clearly, Rod offers versatility and we all know how much the Cowboys appreciate that.

Rod Smith
RB Rod Smith

It likely won't be as simple as beating Alfred Morris for a job. The Cowboys should be adding at least one more running back to the mix, likely with a late-round pick or from among the undrafted . While still just 25 himself, Smith will have to fight off even younger legs in addition to the veteran above him.

Still, with 10 games in 2015 and seven games last year, Rod Smith has been able to keep the Cowboys interested for a while. With nothing certain after Elliott and McFadden on the RB depth chart, he has an excellent opportunity to once again make the team.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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