For the last year or so it has seemed like the Dallas Cowboys have been one of the most, if not the most, injury riddled team in theNFL. Just two seasons ago, in a game against the New York Giants, fullback ChrisGronkowski missed a key block that allowed Giants linebacker Michael Boley to go unblocked up the middle and slam Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to the ground. Romo would suffer a broken collarbone and be forced to sit out for the rest of the season.
Then, just last season, wide receivers Mile Austin, and Dez Bryant were both plagued by injuries that forced them to sit out for a few games. If that were not enough, right when the Cowboys thought they had caught a break by finding a breakout star in running back DeMarco Murray, he goes and breaks his ankle, requires surgery, and has to sit out the rest of the season.
I can keep going but then this piece would just be way to long, and boring, so I’ll stop. My point is that when players like this go down it is always good to have back-ups available who can play multiple positions. Versatility in a football player is very hard to find, which is why so many coaches love it. If you can play multiple positions, and do it well, then you will most likely find yourself on an NFL roster come the start of the season.
So it should come as no surprise to Cowboys fans if RB/WR/FB/TE Jamize Olawale makes the 53 man roster.Olwale played wide receiver in college, at North Texas University, and made the Cowboys initial roster via a rookie minicamp tryout after the 2012 NFL draft. Still, though Olawale is going to find it very tough to make the 53 man roster, but he does have what so many players long for, a chance. Olwale’s versatility provides him with a legitimate chance to impress the Cowboys coaches, and eventually make the roster.
While Olawale was a wide receiver in college, he is now listed as a fullback and has gotten some time at running back due to injuries to back-ups Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar. Olawale was asked about his time playing running back and this to say, “It’s fun. The coaches tell you everything you need to know. They’re patient with you. It’s all on you after that.” If Olawale does not make the 53 man roster he is most likely a lock to make the Cowboys practice squad in the future.
While Olawale has never really been used as a tight end his body frame suggest that he could, 6-1, 238. “I’m whatever they tell me to play,” Olawale said. “I can’t be picky. I’ll play whatever they want me to play. Wide receiver in college was fun. I’m not going to lie, but fullback has its perks, too. It’s fun, too.” If Olawale does not make the 53 man roster then the Cowboys plan to sign him to their practice squad, assuming he clears waivers.
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