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If Cowboys Keep a 3rd RB, Could it be UDFA Rico Dowdle?

Last season the only had and on the at . If they extend the in 2020, is among the prospects hoping to earn a job.

Dowdle joined the Cowboys after a four-year stint with South Carolina. He was a starter when healthy but battled throughout his college career, limiting his production and consistency.

Still, Rico did enough to be invited to the 2020 NFL Combine. The 6'0″, 208-lb. running back posted a 4.54 time in the 40-yard dash and 38″ vertical jump.

There was enough in his athleticism and college tape to get Dowdle signed by Dallas. Now Rico will enter their with a fairly open competition for the bottom of the RB depth chart.

If there's a front-runner right now it would have to be , who has two years of work going for him. But while those developmental years are valuable, they also have Chunn at 25-years-old now and could have Dallas looking for a younger player to work with.

Also in the mix are two TCU backs, Darius Anderson and . I wrote about Anderson's prospects of making the team a few weeks ago. As for Olonilua, Dallas has already listed him as a on their roster.

If the Cowboys are looking for an all-purpose back to put behind Zeke and Pollard than Rico Dowdle may be the best candidate. Chunn is more of a bruising, short-yardage guy and Anderson is more of a scatback like they already have in Pollard.

The big issue with Dowdle, as it's been the last four years, will be health. If he has any issues staying on the field during camp or the , Dallas isn't going want to waste valuable developmental work on him even on the practice squad.

Making the 53-man roster would also mean finding a role on . That's how past RBs like Phillip Tanner and stuck around in past years, being standouts on the Cowboys' coverage teams.

Dallas didn't keep a 3rd RB last year because they had better options for special teams players at other positions such as and . Many of those players, such as CB and LB Justin March, are still on the roster.

It's quite possible, and perhaps even likely, that none of Rico Dowdle, Darius Anderson, or Chunn will make the roster this year. Dallas has a hard enough time giving Tony Pollard the number of touches he deserves, plus FB serves as an emergency 3rd running back.

But if there is a spot to be had for one more RB in 2020, Dowdle has the all-around game to be a contender for it. Hopefully he stays healthy enough, and shows up on special teams, to be competitive.

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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