The Cowboys are fairly set at running back, it seems, with a three-back committee featuring Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar.
But Gus Johnson certainly seems to have made a case for a practice squad spot, at worst. The undrafted rookie out of Stephen F. Austin put together an impressive preseason finale, rushing for 68 yards on 16 carries, including a 21-yard TD run.
Johnson is well aware of cut down day coming Saturday, but tried not to think too much about it after the game.
“I am just excited we came out here and got a win,” Johnson said. “We played our hearts out tonight. That was the big thing that coach [Jason] Garrett emphasized. Go out there and play, don’t worry about tomorrow. I feel like we went out there and did what we had to do.”
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Johnson averaged 4.3 yards a carry on his night, and his highlight play was the scoring run. On first down, he went around the right end and somehow managed to stay in bounds down the sideline for the score.
It’s that type of run that should make Johnson an attractive back to keep on the practice squad.
“He’s a physical runner, he’s got good vision,” Garrett said. “He runs north and south a lot and I think we saw that with the opportunities that he got.”
As with all the players, Garrett said they’ll review the tape on Johnson and try to make the best decision possible. Johnson acknowledged that it could be a stressful couple of days waiting to find out about his future with the team.
“Of course I’ll wake up tomorrow and it will be on my mind, but you can’t worry about it,” Johnson said. “You don’t have a lot of control over it. You can’t make that decision, so you just let it all play out. Whatever happens, you go with it.”