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    Running Back Darius Jackson Shines In Ezekiel Elliott’s Absence

    While it's been the who has stolen the headlines, running back is now stealing the reps from other Cowboys' backs.

    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, , also nursing an , the door has opened for Jackson to see an increase in touches during practice.

    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.

    Of course, addition would be expected to take the majority of the first team reps in Elliott's absence, but Jackson is clearly making moves up the .

    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 . During my “Draft ” 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.

    His quick feet and acceleration have been on full display so far in , and he is quickly becoming the player is most excited to see during the .

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    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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    Jeff Cook

    I admit when we drafted him I said WTF who is this guy then I watched all the highlights I could find of him and from that moment he had been my pet cat. I really hope he gets a fair shot at making the team and would much rather him over Dunbar or DMC.