Darren McFadden Gives Cowboys Fresh, Versatile Weapon

    made his season debut for the last week against the after spending the majority of the year on the Non- list because of a broken elbow he suffered earlier in the .

    Now, McFadden's addition to the roster might not change what the Cowboys have been doing on very much, if at all, but he does provide a fresh pair of legs and a little more versatility to the RB position. Unfortunately, that is why was a healthy scratch last week against the Buccaneers.

    The truth the matter is, McFadden's versatility to play several different roles seems to be more valuable than Morris at this point in season. I do believe that #46 is the better fit to run in the zone blocking scheme the Cowboys use, but McFadden is a better pass catcher out of the backfield, pass protector, and has the ability to play on .

    The more you can do for your team on game day usually wins out when determining who is active and who is an active. That is what it may all come down to between Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris from here on out.

    McFadden won't be overtaking for the starting gig, but he does give another versatile weapon to use in different and creative ways.

    Darren McFadden, Patriots
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    We saw little bit of this last week against the Buccaneers when McFadden and Elliott lined up in the backfield together. McFadden lined up as the , with Elliott lined up behind him in his normal tailback position. At the snap of the ball, handled off to McFadden on a fullback dive up the middle for a short gain. Of course, it wasn't a big play, but it does force opposing defenses to account for yet another weapon for the Cowboys offense and I think it is just a small sample size of what we might see down the road.

    Honestly, I think McFadden could eventually take over the role and even have held down the majority of the season. McFadden is a really good receiver out of the backfield and is still explosive enough to pick up large chunks of yardage anytime the ball is in his hands.

    Of course, the fact that McFadden is joining the team this late in the season means that he hasn't suffered from the wear-and-tear other players have up to this point.Having a fresh  player that hasn't suffered any bumps and bruises this far in the season could be a valuable asset to have from here on out.

    You see, if Ezekiel Elliott does happen hit a rookie wall or is injured in any way, McFadden can step in and hopefully allow the Cowboys offense to not miss a beat. I'm not saying Alfred Morris wouldn't be able to do that, because I think he would, but having two good backup running backs isn't a bad problem to have.

    It's going to be really interesting to see how Darren McFadden is used from here on out. There are a variety of different ways he can help this team and having him back on the roster could come in handy at some point the remainder of the regular season or in the .

    What do you think about having Darren McFadden back with the team?

    Please feel free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions on this topic.

    Brian Martin
    Brian Martin
    Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.


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