5 cut players we would like to see back on the Cowboys practice squad

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Several players that spent the preseason trying to land with the Dallas Cowboys were let go on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean all have to leave. The Cowboys are set to fill out their 16-man practice squad, which means some players could come back.

They could also add anyone else who isn’t claimed, but oftentimes, teams stick with the guys they know. Here, we look at five players that should be brought back as members of the 2022 practice squad.

5 players we would like to see back on the Cowboys practice squad

Cowboys, Malik Davis
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5. Malik Davis, RB

One of the better running backs for Dallas during the preseason was Malik Davis. Undrafted out of Florida, he showed decisiveness and power when he ran and really stood out in the first two games.

He wasn’t as dominant against Seattle but he still had his share of decent plays. Having said that, he was facing an uphill battle with two spots claimed — thanks to Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard — as well as the presence of Rico Dowdle.

Another former undrafted player, Dowdle has played well in the preseason. He has just seven career carries but he’s still been in Dallas for a couple of years, which gave him an edge.

Still, it would be nice to have some more insurance, especially considering Dowdle does have durability concerns. That’s why adding Davis to the practice squad would make sense.

In recent years, the No. 3 back in Dallas hasn’t seen the field much. This year, it could be different. While they’ll continue to force-feed Elliott, there’s been talk that Pollard could line up more at receiver. If so, there could be times when both Pollard and Elliot need a breather at the same time. That makes having someone capable of filling in at the third spot could be huge, should Dowdle go down.