NFL Rumors: Backup Running Back Not a Priority for Dallas Cowboys

By Jesus Flores
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Word around the watering hole is that the Dallas Cowboys will roll the dice with Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner in 2013.

The Cowboys only have six picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, but have a bunch of holes to fill on offense and defense, and that has led some of the so-called “experts” to believe that running back is not, and should not be a priority. Given the situation the Cowboys find themselves the cap-wise, only reaffirms that belief.

I, however, think otherwise. If you’re like me, and you watched the collection of glass figurines we call the Cowboys’ running backs come out of the game on just about every play holding something different, you know that the Cowboys need to address the running back spot.  Don’t get me wrong, I like DeMarco Murray, but let’s face it; the guy can’t stay healthy.

Maybe it would help if the offensive line actually got a decent push off the ball, but that’s another story. Along with addressing the running back situation, the Cowboys must also address the fullback position.

I, as most Cowboys fans were, was giddy about the addition of what I thought to be a legit fullback when the Cowboys opted to sign Lawrence Vickers over Tony Fiammetta in the off-season. There were some Houston Texans fans that told me Vickers wasn’t that great and that, in fact, he was overrated. I should have listened.

Nonetheless, the Cowboys need to evaluate the talent in the backfield and determine its worth going forward. They would be wise to bring in a capable backup for a “feature back” who has missed a combined nine games the previous two seasons if not, then it’s back to putting it solely on Tony Romo’s arm, and we’ve seen how that story ends.


Jesus Flores is a Dallas Cowboys writer for  Follow him on Twitter @SSgtFlo1

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