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RB Darius Jackson Then And Now, What’s Changed?

As you've probably heard by now, the have signed their former draft pick to add some competition to that room.

Typically when a sixth round pick is signed, it makes little news. But Darius Jackson became a fan favorite in Dallas during the 2016 , and his return has many fans wondering what he can bring to the .

Of course, with as the starting running back it's unlikely Jackson will get much time at all in the backfield. But, to put the into context, I thought I'd go back and see what was written about Darius Jackson when the Cowboys actually drafted him.

After the I published a film review/scouting report on Darius Jackson, citing why I was also rather excited about the pick. The excitement can be boiled down to two main factors: his fit within the Cowboys run scheme, and his traits.

At the 2016 , Darius Jackson tested in the 99th percentile in the broad jump, 96th percentile in the vertical jump, and the 94th percentile in the 40 yard dash.

That's freaky. And that athleticism shines on film.

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“Jackson's athleticism comes in handy on this play, as he shows off his ability to come out of the backfield as a receiver and make plays. Jackson catches the ball cleanly and gets up-field before being met by two defenders. His athleticism takes over here, as he makes both men miss and gets into the end zone.”

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“Jackson is a home-run hitting back who can make a big play every time he touches the ball. He fits the Cowboys scheme better than current running back , while being younger and more athletic than McFadden as well.”

What made, and still makes, me so excited about Darius Jackson is that not only is he able to play that role, but he also possesses the size and strength to be an every down back. Jackson runs with physicality, and is tough to bring down by just arm tackling.

When you meet Darius Jackson in the hole, you better bring it.

While I still love Jackson as a prospect, the he even makes the final roster remain slim. Ezekiel Elliott and are expected to receive the bulk of the carries in this , and has proven more in the league than Jackson has to this point.

I'd roll with Elliott, Smith, and Austin on the final , leaving fan favorites Darius Jackson and with some uncertainty.

Back in 2016 I thought Jackson had a real chance to stick around with the Cowboys due to Darren McFadden's poor scheme fit and ' age, but the emergence of Rod Smith makes Jackson's margin for error very thin heading into 2018.

Regardless, I like that the Cowboys have brought Jackson back and given him a chance to prove himself.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Bradyhttps://kevinrobertbrady.wordpress.com
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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Travis Diggs

The addition of Tavon Austin might be the trickiest as speaking of roster spot, do you carry him at rb and go heavy wrs?? Or vice versa?? I might look deeper in to carrying him at wr depending on Terrance Williams situation but carrying him at wr allows you to carry Bo and/or D Jackson behind Zeke, Smith, and the fullback from Oakland.

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