Earlier this week, the Dallas Cowboys have decided to waive promising rookie Darius Jackson to make room for veteran running back Darren McFadden who has returned from his injury. Almost immediately after he was released, Jackson was claimed by the Cleveland Browns.
As seen in their games, the Cowboys weren't indeed experiencing a major problem in their lineup, which is why it came as a surprise when the team decided to release Jackson. After all, when Dallas picked Jackson in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the team was planning on honing his skills for the future of the Cowboys.
This is why throughout the season, the Cowboys heavily relied on lead rusher Ezekiel Elliott. Even when McFadden suffered a broken elbow before minicamp, the Cowboys did not activate Jackson even though he was part of the roster, according to Draft Wire. He did, however, get the chance to spend time on the field during the preseason. During that period, he ran the ball for 40 times for 141 yards.
But, now that McFadden is expected to come out of the team's Non-Football Injury list, the Cowboys have decided to part ways with Jackson. The move shows that the Dallas squad is still heavily relying on its veteran superstars as they take on the playoffs, with, of course, an exception on breakout star Dak Prescott.
Initially, Cowboys were expected to acquire Jackson for their practice squad after he was waived from the roster. This would have been a very smart move for the team as it would have provided them with a talented player that they can activate in case something bad happens to one of its running backs.
However, this never happened after Jackson was immediately claimed by the Browns, according to Cowboys Wire. Compared to the Cowboys, the Browns are more desperate to have a talented player in their lineup, given the way they've been playing this season.
No longer a contender in the playoffs, the Browns are getting close to ending the season without a single win on their record. Their upcoming game is against the Buffalo Bills. After that, they'll be taking on the San Diego Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Hopefully, claiming Jackson will be the Browns' first step in revitalizing its roster. Although he was not able to show what he can do in the Cowboys' regular season due to the talented running back bench that they have, he might be able to get the chance to stand out in the Browns' roster, All 22 reported.