The Dallas Cowboys may be looking to add more running backs to this group as training camp draws near. Will Adrian Peterson wear the star in 2018?
The Dallas Cowboys may try to add another veteran back to the rotation as Adrian Peterson has remained on the open market. The last team Peterson has wanted to play for has been the Dallas Cowboys so assuming a union of the two is an eventuality has been the norm over the past few seasons. But will the Cowboys ever pull the trigger on the move that some deemed an absolute lock?
Let’s take a look at if Dallas will ever sign Adrian Peterson.
AP has been on the Cowboys radar every since Jerry Jones discussed his love for the running back a few years ago. Those words, however, have faded into the ether and time has continued to pass. Peterson to the Cowboys would have made more sense a few seasons ago that it would now.
Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott is expected to take the most snaps that he has seen through his short NFL career this year and that may limit the amount of snaps players like Rod Smith, Bo Scarborough, and Trey Williams get. This plus the fact that the team just signed Darius Jackson makes it hard to see why the Cowboys would invest in bringing Peterson in.
But it is debatable that any of those backs (except for Elliott) are better than Peterson when healthy. Running back is a tricky position and having another veteran workhorse who could simply be a change of pace back/mentor to the younger players may not be such a bad thing.
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Will Peterson wow you like he did as a younger player? Probably not, but bringing him in (at least for a workout) should be something that the Dallas Cowboys invest in prior to the start of camp.
AP has been on the decline in recent years and him becoming more injury prone does not help matters.
Realistically you can never have too many running backs especially before training camp, the last thing you would want is to add any excessive tread on Elliott’s tires.
Bringing in Peterson and having him compete for the number two role behind Elliott will only help this running back committee while also championing what Stephen Jones said early this offseason, the team wants competition at every level.
Even the quarterback position received a little boost as the team drafted Mike White during the 2018 NFL draft, so why not add another running back? It is clear that the Cowboys like to wait for some camp cuts before going shopping so a Peterson addition may not happen until after training camp.
One thing is certain a team can never have to many running backs, just ask the New Orleans Saints.