Despite Dynamic Zeke/Pollard Duo, Should Cowboys Add Veteran RB?

    The are heading into the with one of the best duos in the league, and . But as good as these two are, should Dallas be looking at adding one more experienced, veteran RB to at least take to ?

    For three out of the last four camps the Cowboys have enjoyed the presence of veteran . While he didn't make the team last year after Zeke got his new contract, Morris was around to provide his savvy and professionalism for the younger RB prospects and improve offensive functionality in practice.

    But now in 2020 we have Elliott under contract, not suspended, and entering his fifth season. We have Pollard in his second year. Even prospect has spent the last two years on Dallas' .

    Even with some interesting veteran available, is it a time for the Cowboys to just stand pat and let the young guys play?

    Still on the open market are big names like , LeSean McCoy, and . Also looking for work are Carlos Hyde, Theo Riddick, and Jonathan Williams. A former player, Ty Mongtomery, could be interesting in a hybrid RB/WR role.

    A player like Devonta Freeman likely wouldn't want to come to Dallas to be buried behind Elliott and Pollard on the . He's still just 28 and would want a more substantial role on his next team.

    But we're now a week into May and job openings are harder to find. Some guys might be willing to take what they can get.

    One guy I can't dismiss easily is LeSean McCoy. It might be familiarity bias after all his years with the Eagles, but last year he did some solid work as a roleplayer in the Kansas City .

    LeSean McCoy
    RB LeSean McCoy

    McCoy brings a lot of experience in the West Coast offense. We expect to see more of that influence in Dallas after McCarthy's arrival. Even before now, was starting to put more emphasis on running backs as receivers.

    Having a third running back who can preserve the offensive style could be important if either Elliott or Pollard were to miss time.

    Sure, we typically think of the third RB has a guy who plays and only gets seen in a crisis. But that need has been mitigated somewhat by the rule change for gameday rosters, which allows one extra spot for a potential specialist.

    Of course, this may all be a moot point if the Cowboys plan to just keep two running backs again like last year. Only Zeke and Pollard were on the RB depth chart, with and both able to play the position in an emergency.

    Elliott will still be just 25 this season and has been incredibly durable, but the get worse every year for him to keep avoiding a major . At some point, Dallas may need to consider some extra insurance on the roster.

    Perhaps 2020 is still too soon for that concern. And even if the Cowboys do keep a third RB, they may prefer a guy like Jordan Chunn for his youth and special teams ability. There are also a few undrafted rookies who could earn a spot this year.

    But all it takes is one injury, to either Zeke or Pollard, and Dallas could find itself wishing it had something more on the depth chart.

    So no, 2020 doesn't have a critical need for more RB talent. But with so many available and now well into the , some significant players could be had for a major discount.

    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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    No need. We have enough, especially when Rico Dowdle is in the mix. Love that pick up. Just wait and see folks.

    Omar Franklin

    Shady…just to rub it in the tweety birds face

    Bernardino Palacios

    Tavon Austin is a free agent and not available to be considered as depth. For the price tag these names could potentially ask, I would rather sign Clay Mathews or on a reach, take Markus Golden away from the giants’ tender and give him 4.2 mil/yr….

    Cory Ferm

    Why go get them when we can sign Akrum Wadley who is an absolute stud.