ROD SMITH #45 – Running back
A few weeks back I’d never have guessed Rod Smith would be a key player of interest in the preseason opener.
Before August he was the 2nd string fullback and 4th in line at running back. With the late addition of Ronnie Hillman he’s likely the 5th most talented ball carrier.
Oh what a difference summer practice makes. Smith is now pushing Alfred Morris for the 3rd string running back position.
Morris is the more accomplished runner, yet lacks special teams value. Smith was seen as a versatile rusher/blocker with solid special teams contributions.
As camp progressed, Smith has closed the gap in the rushing department. His progress combined with superior special teams value is making a strong case.
The Cowboys know what they have in Morris. Smith will receive numerous carries tonight to see if his practice success translates against a real opponent.
There’s a few other considerations that might influence this decision. Smith is signed through 2018 while Morris becomes a free agent next season.
Also, Smith’s $615,000 cap hit is much less expensive than Morris’ $2,137,500.