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Sunday, August 21, 2016, 3:33pm
The Cowboys’ first practice at their new facility will feature a new face – or at least a new participant.
Lance Dunbar certainly isn’t new, but it’s been nearly a year since he practiced with the Cowboys after tearing his ACL and his patellar tendon last October. Dunbar has been working diligently on his rehab in the 10 months since, and he’s prepare to take the next step.
“We work our way back into practice, so today I’ll be doing individuals – slowly working back in,” he said on Sunday afternoon.
The fifth-year running back opened training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which made him unavailable for practice. But alongside fellow running back Darren McFadden, he was a constant at strength and conditioning sessions during practice.
After what has surely been a trying wait, Dunbar should be able to finally get his feet wet in his return to football. It’s unlikely he’ll appear in any of the competitive portions of practice, but it’s a start. Dunbar can be a pass-catching weapon for the Boys as well as a gadget player. He played in all 16 games for Dallas in 2014 and had just 29 rushes and 18 receptions. Last year he was averaging five catches a game through four games before the injury. We only project him for 20 receptions this year.
Posted by Chris Kucharski
Monday, August 15, 2016 - 1:15am
Darren McFadden was sort of reborn after coming over from the Raiders to Dallas last season. He started 10 games and averaged 4.7 yard per carry, his highest average since 2011. He surpassed the 1,000 yard mark for the second time in his career and he caught 40 passes as well. So why no buzz after putting up decent numbers last year...?
Because McFadden is not very likely to see the football more than four or five times a game. Dallas went out and drafted Ezekiel Elliot to be their franchise running back, which leaves McFadden as a back without playing time.
2016 Bottom Line
McFadden is still the Cowboys No. 2 running back and there is still an outside chance Elliot is not what he appears. If that case, McFadden could get another chance, but that's a big if. For now, McFadden has been going around the 16th round area (The third string back Alfred Morris is going ahead of him in drafts). He is a bit risky, but still could find a way to get on the field and get some touches.
2016 Strength of Schedule - DAL
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats
|Per game||14.94||68.06||0.19||0.19||4.56||2.50||20.50||0||3.31||8.20||38.38/64.25||60.64% |