When it comes to the NFL, there is nothing guaranteed. Just when you think you have things figured out, you get thrown a curveball that catches you off guard.
Case in point, take a look at what happened to Tony Romo. Throughout his rehab everyone insisted that this was still Romo’s team, but once he was able to return to the lineup, he finds out that this is now Dak Prescott‘s time to shine.
Now, it’s hard to fault the Dallas Cowboys in any way for choosing to stick with Prescott, but this is one of those curveball situations that still caught a lot of us off guard.
The sad truth is that is just the nature of the NFL and nobody’s job is guaranteed, no matter how long you’ve been with the organization.
Job security in the NFL is iffy at best, and I think that Lance Dunbar could be looking over his shoulder now that Darren McFadden was activated from the Non-Football Injury list.
The Dallas Cowboys still have about two weeks to make a decision about when/if they want to add McFadden to the active roster, but it’s hard to believe they will carry four running backs. That means someone’s job is in jeopardy, and to me it looks as if Lance Dunbar is the odd man out.
Dunbar is what I would classify as a 3rd down/specialty back in the NFL. He is not someone that you want carrying the workload for your team, but he is useful in certain situations.
The Cowboys like to use him as a receiver out of the backfield because he creates a mismatch problem for linebackers. That is where he is most dangerous, but with the way Ezekiel Elliott has been playing, Dunbar’s playing time has been limited to say the least.
Durability is the main concern with Lance Dunbar. It seems every time he starts to produce for the Cowboys offense, he always suffers an injury that ends his season.
It’s really difficult to depend on someone when you have to worry about their availability on a regular basis. Already in 2016, injuries have been a problem for Dunbar and resulted in him only playing in eight games.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I like Lance Dunbar, but I think Darren McFadden can pretty much do everything that Dunbar can and offer little bit more in the running game.
McFadden finished fourth in rushing in the NFL last season running by the Cowboys impressive offensive line and could be relied upon once again in case of an unfortunate injury occurred.
Honestly, I would feel much better with the duo of Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden backing up Ezekiel Elliott then I would with Morris and Lance Dunbar.
Give me a complete running back over a specialty RB any day.
Of course, this is all speculation. We really have no way of knowing when/if the Cowboys will add Darren McFadden to the active roster or who will be a roster casualty once it does happen. But, if I’m Lance Dunbar, I would certainly be a little bit worried that my job was in jeopardy.
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