It can't be a good feeling to know that you're a backup to one of the best players in the NFL. You continually have to prepare as if you're a step away from a larger role, but in the back of your mind know that it may never come. That's the position Cowboys Running Back Darius Jackson and other players around the league find themselves in.
Darius Jackson currently finds himself buried on the Dallas Cowboys depth chart at the running back position. What's worse, Ezekiel Elliott is arguably the best RB in the league and rarely comes off the field. What's even more frustrating for Jackson is that he may be in a no-win situation.
The Dallas Cowboys currently have a pretty good stable of running backs on their roster. Rod Smith proved last season he is capable of being relied upon as a runner and a receiver out of the backfield. As things stand right now, he is the favorite to back up Elliott, which leaves very little room for any other RB on the roster.
That means Darius Jackson is in competition with Bo Scarbrough and Tavon Austin for quite possibly the third and last remaining RB roster spot. That's how many the Dallas Cowboys typically carry on their 53-man roster, because they still choose to carry a traditional fullback. It seems likely the Cowboys will continue to carry a fullback on the roster. They sent a 2018 fifth-round draft pick to acquire Jamize Olawale, which means he has a really good chance of sticking around.
That's not good news for Darius Jackson, who is trying to make the Cowboys roster for a second time.
Unfortunately for Jackson, the Cowboys may choose to keep a younger/cheaper player like Scarbrough. He's under contract for at least four years, whereas Jackson only has two years remaining on his current contract.
We all know that money speaks volumes in the NFL. It doesn't always come down to who's the better player, although I believe Jackson is. If the competition is close between Darius Jackson and Bo Scarbrough, I believe the Cowboys would likely go with the rookie.
I actually feel bad for Darius Jackson. I believe he's more than capable of starting in the NFL. At worst, he is a good RB2 for a lot of teams around the league. Unfortunately, he's just had a run of bad luck.
As a rookie, he came in the same draft class as Ezekiel Elliott and found himself in the same situation he does now… buried on the depth chart. He was able to stick around on the active roster for most of his rookie season, but was eventually released and claimed off of waivers by the Cleveland Browns. His bad luck didn't end though, and he sustained a season-ending knee injury before he could get a chance to show what he can do.
While things have come full circle for him, he may be fighting a losing battle with the Dallas Cowboys.
Do you think Darius Jackson is fighting a losing battle with the Cowboys?
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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