Sep 3, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Storm Johnson (34) carries the ball past Washington Redskins nose tackle Jerrell Powe (72) during the third quarter at FedEx Field. The Jaguars won 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
Storm Johnson – Jacksonville Jaguars
With rookie T.J. Yeldon drafted in the second round this year, and veterans Bernard Pierce and Toby Gerhart behind him, it wasn’t a surprise to see the Jaguars part ways with Storm Johnson.
As things stand, I wouldnt expect the Cowboys to go after another running back unless they’re better than McFadden or Randle. While Johnson is unlikely to debunk either of those as a starter he could perhaps provide more than Lance Dunbar.
The Cowboys successfully ran the ball last year, and will need to reproduce that style should they wish to have a deep playoff run again. Scott Linehan squeezed all he could from DeMarco Murray, and with an element of fragility to McFadden and unpredictability to Randle a pound the ground type back like Johnson could be useful.
With a low running style, he can pop through holes and tackles effectively. The Cowboys controlled the clock in a better manner last season but having Johnson around could prevent the team slipping into bad habits.
By no means an every down back, Johnson wouldn’t be a replacement for either of the current trio of backs. At present the roster contains two blocking tight ends in James Hanna and Geoff Swaim as well as full back Tyler Clutts. Cutting one of the three for Johnson would be something to consider.
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