Ezekiel Elliott is slated to be the Cowboys starting running back come week one, but after tweaking his hamstring a few days ago, Elliott has been forced to miss some practice time. With last season's team rushing leader, Darren McFadden, also nursing an injury, the door has opened for Jackson to see an increase in touches during practice.
Sixth-round pick RB Darius Jackson getting some work in with the first-team skill position players
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 4, 2016
From the looks of it, he has taken advantages of these opportunities. It is easy to fall in love with Jackson's running style. His ability to cut “on a dime” and accelerate up the field immediately will help him greatly in the Cowboys' zone blocking scheme. He seems to possess the patience to make the correct reads of the offensive linemen before making his cut as well. This is something McFadden struggled with in 2015, despite breaking 1,000 yards on the ground.
Even Brad Sham, the long-time voice of the Dallas Cowboys is showing love towards Jackson.
Darius Jackson with the best run of the day. Ran to daylight. Brad Sham, the voice of the Cowboys: I like that guy
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) August 2, 2016
Darius Jackson has quickly become the “pet cat” of many Cowboys pundits, and with good reason. I have been on the Jackson-train since the Cowboys selected him in the 2016 NFL Draft. During my “Draft Film Review” series, I detailed what I loved about Jackson's game, starting with his footwork and ability to hit holes quickly, while still remaining patient and reading his blockers.