Dallas Cowboys taking a run at the waive wire

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Aug 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick (72) takes the field prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, the Dallas Cowboys cut their roster down to the obligatory 53 man squad. There was little to be surprised about with quarterbacks Dustin Vaughan and Jameill Showers waived, Lucky Whitehead sealing that fifth wide receiver spot and Keith Smith in at linebacker largely down to his special teams productivity.

In recent weeks, I’ve been looking at the options available to the Cowboys on a positional basis. You can find the quarterback discussion here and wide receivers here. Today, it’s time for the much discussed running backs.

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Undoubtedly the biggest talking point for the Cowboys since the release of DeMarco Murray has been the running back position. Veteran Darren McFadden was added to the roster and is in a battle with third year back Joseph Randle. Injuries to both meant that preseason didn’t shed any light on which man will rule the roost in Dallas, or whether the team plans to go for a by committee type offense.

The Draft

The Cowboys were expected to draft a running back in April but as they firmly stuck to their draft board (which has thus far paid dividens under Jason Garrett) and without regret according to Jerry Jones.

"“We would have liked to have drafted a running back, but at the same token, we didn’t think at any given time that we should pass at the player that was there, even with the running backs available”"

There was a deep pool of running backs on offer to the Cowboys, in hindsight who could they have landed?

MELVIN GORDON. 1.15. A favourite among fans and media alike to fall to the Cowboys in mock drafts, the Chargers nabbed ‘Flash’ Gordon at 15th. Using the <a href=. RB. San Diego Chargers

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