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Should Dallas Cowboys Pursue Former Draft Pick Darius Jackson?

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Should Dallas Cowboys Pursue Former Draft Pick Darius Jackson?

Should Dallas Cowboys Pursue Former Draft Pick Darius Jackson?

With the 216th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys drafted one of their greatest players of all time – a running back with zero career regular season carries, Eastern Michigan’s Darius Jackson. In a then controversial move, Darius Jackson was waived by the Cowboys at the end of last season to make room for current RB2 Darren McFadden returning from injury.

McFadden likely showed enough flashes in his limited 2016 action to warrant his return for this season and the roster moves that have led up to it. Meanwhile, Jackson found himself in Cleveland following his release from Dallas – where he was cut by the Browns yesterday to send Cowboys Nation into a frenzy.

Cleveland Browns on Twitter

We’ve signed RB Terrence Magee and waived RB Darius Jackson with an injury designation Details ”

The details of Jackson’s apparent injury that led to his release are very unclear, but it hasn’t stopped the speculation that he could end up back with America’s Team this season.

Darius Jackson’s ceiling with the Cowboys – realistic or not – was to potentially replace Lucky Whitehead on special teams and be a great “change of pace” running back behind Dallas’ prized possession in the backfield Ezekiel Elliott.

The Cowboys were just fine running the football with Elliott, as expected, and this overwhelming strength of the defending NFC East champions will only improve moving forward. It is still expected of Stephen Jones and Will McClay to add talent to the roster by any means necessary, and backing up Elliott with another young, capable player that the Cowboys felt good enough to draft in the sixth round makes a ton of sense.

On the other hand, there could be a lot more within the team’s front office when it comes to why Darius Jackson and not another player like Lance Dunbar was cut before being given a real chance last season, leaving Dallas happy with their veteran depth behind Zeke along with intriguing UDFA RB Jahad Thomas.

Draft Film Review: Cowboys RB Darius Jackson

Our Staff Writer Kevin Brady did a great job scouting Jackson right here and showing off the traits that the Cowboys saw in him to invest in his services as an intelligent, shifty, and versatile running back.

Whether or not that is a role the Cowboys roster is currently lacking entirely, or if the team feels good about the guys they have in place there, it will be interesting to see if fan-favorite RB Darius Jackson becomes part of their plans once again.

Tell us what you think about “Should Dallas Cowboys Pursue Former Draft Pick Darius Jackson?” in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

Sean Martin

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Pleasant NJ, no we’re not how you think we are. Host of “Upon Further Review” on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. You may @ me: @SeanMartinNFL.

  • Randy Martin

    It’s all about that knee. I don’t see too many guys picked up after being waived with an injury designation. I mean the Browns dropped an RB to add an RB. That can’t be good. But I wouldn’t be surprised if they at least brought him in to have him checked out by the Dr.

  • Travis Diggs

    No brainer you bring him back. He never should of been released in the first place. They released him knowing they werent keeping Dunbar after the season

  • Kevin Black

    You could bring him back, then put him on season-ending IR near the end of training camp to red-shirt him a for a year. Morris’ contract will end after this year and you have a built-in replacement if his injury heals properly. If it doesn’t, you’ll know by draft time whether to draft his replacement.

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