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RB Rico Dowdle Missing OTAs w/ Knee Issue; Ready for Camp?

After missing all of last year with a fractured hip, is now sidelined after a knee scope procedure earlier this . A prospect for both RB depth and duties in 2022, can Dowdle return in time for camp and compete for a roster spot with the ?

Dowdle was a virtual lock to make the team as RB3 behind and in 2021. Not only had he flashed offensive ability on limited carries as a rookie the year before, Rico had made some big plays both as a returner and in special teams coverage duties.

Unfortunately, Dowdle's year ended with the hip fracture in the third game. The Cowboys would soon add veteran Corey Clement to fill .

Dallas did not re-sign Clement so far this offseason, nor have they added any other experienced RB talent. Instead it again feels like Rico's job to lose against other young prospects like 2021  star and undrafted rookies and .

Also in the mix are two fullbacks, veteran and second-year prospect Nick Ralston. Having not carried a at all in 2021, Dallas may be going back to one this year to help boost the run game.

Nall has experience at both RB and FB, plus special teams work that makes him the current favorite to make the roster. His versatility could also allow Dallas to just keep him, Elliott, and Pollard without the need for an additional back.

Special teams is a critical component at the bottom of any depth chart. It's how Rico Dowdle was able to be active for 15 games in 2020 and was likely his ticket to a roster spot last year before the .

If he can get back for camp then Rico should still be competitive. The ability to shine both in a return role and on coverage is hard to find.

While Tony Pollard did finally shine himself as a last year, his importance to the and impending could have both Pollard and the team looking protect his health. Getting another player into that role may be a priority for both parties.

Not only could he help the team in 2022, but Dowdle would love to give the Cowboys something to think about for next year when Elliott and Pollard's contracts will both be hot topics.

Rico Dowdle is one of those guys who does the “little things” that make football teams complete. Hopefully he can return from these medical setbacks and restore the career momentum he built as a rookie.

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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VAM

RB should be a big priority next draft.

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