The Dallas Cowboys proved last season that it has one of the best, if not the best, backfields in the NFL. Two rookies shined last year in Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. Jones was running for Rookie of the Year before he injured his hamstring.
Choice came in and produced and ran for more yards against the Baltimore Ravens than any player last year—I know, it was still under 100 yards. But that’s not how we measure good backs anymore.
The Dallas Cowboys have a plethora of talent in these three guys and each of them deserves playing time. So what does this mean for the Dallas Cowboys?
Certainly, the Cowboys will likely have a system of running back by committee, putting in the player that best fits the situation. On 3rd and long you may want Felix Jones in there as a passing threat. On goal line situations you may want—wait–YOU DO WANT to have Marion Barber running the ball. History shows he is best near the goal line.
So is this good or bad for the Cowboys? I can only think of one reason why this would be bad and that has to do with player egos–which none of these three guys have shown they have a bad one to date.
The positives are the Dallas Cowboys have serious trade bait in the coming years, and it would likely be Choice who is shown the door. A lot of teams would love to have this kid on their team and I see the Cowboys making a deal for a very good defensive player in return. There are a lot of teams with no offense but a number of decent defensive players who could help the Cowboys.
We’ll know more when the season starts. But this year, I see the Cowboys using all three of these guys quite a bit and spreading out the offense so that the entire field needs to be covered. That’s good news for the Cowboys.