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How Kris Richard May Help CB Michael Jackson Make Cowboys Roster

Cornerback Michael Jackson, one of the ’ 5th-round picks in the , has not been standing out so far in or . But despite the slow start, the influence of Coach could help keep Jackson on the this year.

While no team likes parting with their drafted rookies, it certainly happens. That’s especially true for Day 3 players, even 5th rounders, and particularly when a team is as deep with talent right now as the 2019 .

The cornerback position is one of Dallas’ most loaded. They go four-deep with starting talent in , , , and , which leaves just one or two spots for the remaining prospects.

Michael Jackson is in competition with veteran and the intriguing . Both were with the team last year; Goodwin was a contributor and Olumba was a valuable developmental asset on the .

So far this preseason, we’ve seen Goodwin shining on special teams and Olumba making plays at cornerback. Jackson hasn’t stood out, unless you count jokes about thin he looks on the field.

In contrast, fellow 5th-round has been showing up at defensive end. Even if there were no concerns with and , Joe Jackson has made himself very difficult to cut.

But despite not having that same momentum or energy around him yet, Michael Jackson may still find his way onto the 53-man roster. And that may have something to do with his position coach.

Kris Richard
Dallas Cowboys DB Coach Kris Richard

Since arriving in Dallas during the , Kris Richard has quickly gained prominence beyond just his official role as the . He was working as the defensive play-caller last year and is expected to take over fully in 2020, assuming retires and Richard doesn’t leave for a head opportunity.

When Dallas selected Michael Jackson in the last draft, Jackson became the first cornerback or drafted by the Cowboys since Richard arrived. Given that it happened this year, with Richard’s influence clearly high on the , one would assume that Kris had a big say in the decision to draft Jackson.

No, Richard certainly can’t veto any decision made by the Joneses, , , or even Marinelli when it comes to roster management. But if he has any bias towards Jackson as his first draft pick in Dallas, Kris may fight for the rookie more than someone else.

We’re all human; agendas come into play. Kris Richard may be more passionate about seeing Michael Jackson succeeding for a variety of reasons. He may pound the table for the team to keep Jackson louder than anyone else in the room.

That doesn’t necessarily mean keeping Jackson over some other cornerback, either. The argument could be to go long at CB at the expense of another position; maybe only keeing two quarterbacks or eight offensive linemen to free up a roster spot.

This is purely speculative, of course. For all we know, Richard could be the first one who loses faith and votes to let Jackson go.

But given the situation and all factors involved, it’s more likely that Kris Richard will be invested in seeing Michael Jackson succeed and sticking with the Cowboys in 2019. Hopefully, it’s in the best interest of the team overall.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by 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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