An argument could be made for either Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris to be placed on this list as well. But McFadden lost a fumble to the Colts. And Morris…well, looked like Morris. But neither ran as hard as Rod Smith.
The fourth running back on the depth chart once again sent fans into a tizzy, with his bone-crushing running style. All of the Cowboys backs looked great Saturday night outside of Ezekiel Elliott, who was a healthy scratch and Ronnie Hillman, who simply had no help.
But out of them all, I have earmarked Smith as the lead dog. His tenacity running the ball is what I’d love to see from the veterans in this group. Smith runs like he’s on the roster bubble. And he probably is. But he’s not giving up without a fight.
In the end, I really do like the way Smith has played in the preseason as a whole. Against the Colts, he racked up 53 yards on only seven carries. He also had three receptions for 27 yards. That gives the brother of Cowboys’ linebacker Jaylon Smith a total of 119 rushing yards on 23 carries through three preseason games. If I was making a team, Rod Smith would certainly be on it.