The Dallas Cowboys shook up their running back depth chart behind Tony Pollard this offseason, but there’s still time to add more help before Week 1 comes around.
Earlier this offseason, Dallas cut two-time rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott in a cap-saving move and placed the franchise tag on Tony Pollard. They signed ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starter Ronald Jones II, but he was handed a suspension for the first two games cause of a league PEDs violation.
At CBS Sports, Cody Benjamin looked at some notable NFL players who could be traded before teams finalize their 53-man rosters on Tuesday. One of those players was New York Jets’ running back Michael Carter, with Benjamin mentioning the Cowboys as a potential suitor:
“He’s started 21 games in two years with the Jets, but Dalvin Cook’s arrival means he’ll be no better than third on the RB depth chart as long as Breece Hall is also healthy. Rookie Israel Abanikanda’s recent preseason injury could make him more valuable as insurance, but Zonovan Knight is also onboard as depth. A change of scenery could be the preferred avenue for everyone.“
The Jets already entered the offseason with a starting-caliber RB in Breece Hall, who got off to a strong start (463 rushing yards in seven games) before suffering a season-ending injury. Earlier this month, they signed four-time Pro Bowler Dalvin Cook to bolster the ground game.
Though rookie Deuce Vaughn has looked excellent in preseason, it wouldn’t hurt Dallas to add a proven veteran RB to complement Pollard. They could use a crafty runner like Carter, who showed promise as a rookie in 2021 with 639 yards and four touchdowns.
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