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Will FB Jamize Olawale be a Surprise Offensive Weapon in 2019?

With taking over as the , things are certainly going to change as far as how the operates. One of those changes we could see is the utilization of the position, which could make a surprise offensive weapon in 2019.

The Dallas Cowboys are still one of the few teams who keep a traditional fullback on their . It's a somewhat surprising decision to do so considering how little the position is utilized on offense these past several seasons, especially under the tutelage of former OC .

Scott Linehan took over the playcalling duties in 2015 and held on to the job for reasons unknown until the completion of the . During that time he deployed three different fullbacks, but you wouldn't really know it based on the small amount of offensive snaps they received.

Fullback Snap % Under OC Scott Linehan

Year Player Snap %
2015 12.93%
2016 12.76%
2017 Keith Smith 12.02%
2018 Jamize Olawale 10.59%

As you can see from the chart above, the usage of a fullback during Linehan's time as the Cowboys play caller gradually decreased each season. I knew how little the FB was being used the past several seasons, but I was honestly a little surprised by those numbers.

All of that could be changing though. New Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore, a disciple of Scott Linehan, is expected to incorporate the FB into the offensive much more in 2019. This is certainly good news for Jamize Olawale, who can be much more than just a traditional fullback.

Jamize Olawale may carry the title of fullback, but he has the ability to play a variety of different positions. At North Texas he played a little , , and . He did the same during his time with the . That versatility is one of the reasons why many of us believed Dallas made the with Oakland last year to bring him aboard.

Unfortunately, Olawale rarely saw the field on offense last year. He was more of a player playing 62.98% of the snaps. But if the rumors are true, he could be a surprise weapon in 2019 and I believe the Cowboys offense would be better for it.

I don't know about you, but I have visions of Daryl “Moose” Johnston and what he brought to the offense back in the Dallas Cowboys glory days in the mid to early 1990s. Hopefully, that's what Kellen Moore envisions as well for Jamize Olawale.

Do you think FB Jamize Olawale will be a surprise offensive weapon in 2019?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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