As fans waited patiently for waiver wire claims to be announced the Dallas Cowboys made some noise. While they didn’t claim anyone through the waiver process they did add a new member through a trade. The Cowboys sent a conditional 7th round pick in the 2016 draft to Seattle for running back Christine Michael.
Rumors had been swirling for a couple days that the Cowboys were looking at trade options to bolster the position. Michael may not be the answer that most fans were looking for but he’s cheap and has a ton of potential. Number one backs are hard to find and even if one was available the cost, both to acquire and in salary, would be incredibly steep.
Today’s trade shows that the Cowboys remain confident in the abilities of Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden but still wanted to add some reasonably priced talent to the mix.
Last season with the Seahawks Michael gained 175 yards on 34 carries. While it is a very small sample size, Michael’s 5.1 yards per carry looks promising. The Seahawks had the best rushing attack in the league last year and Michael may have simply been lost in the mix. With star running back Marshawn Lynch justifiably receiving the majority of carries, Michael had to split a backup role with Robert Turbin (74 carries/310 yards/4.2 ypc). Still, on tape Michael shows the skills needed to be a strong zone blocking scheme running back.
At 5’10 221 pounds Michael possesses the size needed to fight through would be tacklers.
For a back of his size, Michael also shows incredible quickness.
His best run of the season shows a nice combination of his toughness and his quickness.
Michael may not be the superstar running back that fans hoped for but he can certainly fit into the Cowboys plan to go with a RBBC. Out of Michael, Randle and McFadden the Cowboys just need one guy to break out while the other two provide support. It’s not unreasonable to think each back could reach 500 yards in the Cowboys offense. If just one of the three can break out and have a big year the Cowboys will be just fine.