Cowboys Making Huge Backfield Shakeup for Week 6 Game

The Dallas Cowboys are making a huge shakeup in their backfield prior to Week 6.
The Dallas Cowboys are making a huge shakeup in their backfield prior to Week 6. / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys head into their Week 6 matchup on Monday Night Football looking to turn their offense around. This unit is in major need of someone to provide a spark after two duds over his last three games.

Well, it turns out head coach Mike McCarthy is switching things up in his backfield to possibly get more production in Week 6.

Michael Gelken of the Dallas Morning News reports rookie running back Deuce Vaughn will not play against the Los Angeles Chargers. Instead, Gelken says the Cowboys are promoting fellow RB Malik Davis from the practice squad, which makes Vaughn a prime candidate to be made inactive for MNF.

This is big news for this group. Vaughn flashed some of his electric playmaking in the preseason after tearing things up in college at Kansas State, giving fans hope he would win the RB2 role behind Tony Pollard.

Instead, it's been the incumbent Rico Dowdle who's served as the change-of-pace back mostly while Pollard starts. Dowdle has been by no means amazing, but his 25 carries for 90 yards have clearly outpaced Vaughn's 20 attempts for 40 yards.

The sixth-round pick has simply failed to make much of an impact so far, which made his spot on the active gameday roster expendable. Now Dallas will see what Davis can provide instead. He turned 38 carries into 161 yards and even scored a touchdown last season for the Cowboys, so he has playmaking potential.

It's clear McCarthy is putting Vaughn on notice with this move. It'll be on Davis, though, to prove his coach right.

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