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Cowboys Roster Battle for RB3 Poised to Heat Up

To make room last week for the to sign , they cut . They now have five on the , , , Rico Dowdle, Malik Davis, and Aaron Shampklin.

Could one of those three players emerge as the reserve running back and fill the role on the , or may we see someone else get the chance?

Dowdle was almost a lock to have the role last season until his year ended with a hip fracture in the third game. The Cowboys would soon add veteran Corey Clement to fill the depth chart. If Dowdle can be ready to go after a knee scope procedure sidelined him earlier this , he might be the guy who takes that spot.

With that said, let’s not overlook the Cowboys signed both Davis and Shampklin as undrafted with the hopes both could compete for a roster spot in .

Davis is a product of the University of Florida. In his career, he racked up 1,470 on 284 carries. He was also a threat in the for the Gators during his last two seasons. Davis caught 54 balls for 594 yards.


Shampklin was a 2021 unanimous First-Team All-Ivy League running back at Harvard. He led the team with 842 rushing yards and 12 total touchdowns, which was tied for the eighth-highest in the FCS.

Harvard Football on Twitter: “Sheesh… Aaron Shampklin with another big-time TD run! The score puts us up on Georgetown, 30-9. Watch on ESPN+: #GoCrimson @ESPNCFB / Twitter”

Sheesh… Aaron Shampklin with another big-time TD run! The score puts us up on Georgetown, 30-9. Watch on +: #GoCrimson @ESPNCFB

The NFL season is long. Elliott or Pollard might have to miss a game or a few quarters throughout the 17-game season…. (I hope not). Doing so would result in whoever is holding down the reserve spot moving up and possibly called upon to take some Important carries.

It will be interesting to see what these guys can bring to the table in training camp in an attempt to make the roster. Even if Davis or Shampklin don’t make the team, the NFL has extended the size to 16 players, which is a great opportunity for younger players to continue improving.

The question still remains…. Will one of these three take over as the third running back, or will we see a veteran free agent back be brought in and signed?

What do you think?

Shane Taylor

Written by Shane Taylor

Cowboys fan from the Midwest. Writing is fun, Staff writer for Inside the Star. Follow me on twitter @ShaneTaylor43

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