The Dallas Cowboys are coming off of their first loss in over 90 days, but that doesn't mean they have time to sulk. Jason Garrett and his staff are preparing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and of course the playoffs, and that demands looking ahead.
Three weeks ago the Cowboys started a three-week clock when they removed Darren McFadden and Jaylon Smith from the NFI list. Tuesday was the day when the clock struck zero, and a move was in fact made. The Dallas Cowboys have released running back Darius Jackson to make room for Darren McFadden, who they are promoting to the 53-man roster.
Cowboys have moved Darren McFadden to their 53-man roster. Darius Jackson is the cut.
— David Helman (@davidhelman_) December 13, 2016
Jerry Jones said earlier this week that the Cowboys would be promoting McFadden, and as soon as that news dropped many members of Cowboys Nation began speculating who would be the odd man out in order for room to be made. Unfortunately for him, Darius Jackson is that odd man.
The Cowboys still carry quite an arsenal of depth when it comes to their number one objective – running the ball. They boast the NFL's leading rusher in Ezekiel Elliott, veteran Alfred Morris, the fun toy that is Lance Dunbar, and now Darren McFadden (who finished 4th in the NFL in rushing in 2015 in his first year with Dallas).
It'll be interesting to see how the Cowboys handle this depth on Sundays when it comes to the gameday 46-man actives and inactives. Many believe that Darren McFadden is a more serviceable primary backup to Zeke, but Alfred Morris has had some solid moments when given opportunities this season.
Darius Jackson, should he go unclaimed, is eligible for the Cowboys practice squad. Dallas took Jackson in the sixth round of April's draft, and they were obviously concerned about potentially losing him all season as they kept him on their 53. It appears they are now willing to take that gamble, and hopefully it all works out for the best. The only two running backs that the Cowboys have under contract beyond 2016 are Zeke and Morris.