Let the running backs run
I’m not into preseason numbers. With a mix of second and third stringers plugged in, it’s hard to decipher who is balling and who are duds. But, for kicks, let’s see how well the running backs have run thus far.
Rod Smith: 26 runs for 119 yards, 4.6 yards per attempt.
Alfred Morris: 21 runs for 102 yards, 4.9 yards per attempt.
Darren McFadden: 18 runs for 81 yards, 4.5 yards per attempt.
Again, let’s not read too much into these numbers. Though, with all three backs over 4.5 yards per attempt, this speaks volumes about their abilities and of course, the offensive line.
The Dallas Cowboys will need these three backs to fire on all cylinders should Elliott be away for an extended amount of time. This will ease pressure off Dak Prescott, obviously, and keep the offense primed to attack, while keeping the defense on the sidelines.
Obviously, the three backs don’t excite the fan base the way Zeke does, nor will their play compare to number 21, but it looks like the three-head monster can hold their own.
Jeff Heath fighting for a job
Competition is a wonderful thing. It not only uplifts the team, but it sparks individual players when they need it most.
Was it me, or was the safety flying around the ball? Maybe he was always like that. Maybe not. Either way, it’s great to see some fire in the defensive backfield, something that has been missing since, you know the Darren Woodson/Roy Williams era.
There will be some growing pains back there, but I’d expect things to get interesting after the bye week (sixth week of the NFL), where new faces might be starting and taking over.
But, who knows — maybe Heath has a lot of fight in him to keep his job.