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McFadden’s versatility more valuable than Morris

Darren McFadden’s versatility moved him ahead ot Alfred Morris in the Dallas Cowboys’ game plans.
Darren McFadden’s versatility moved him ahead ot Alfred Morris in the Dallas Cowboys’ game plans. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

For those wondering why the Dallas Cowboys played Darren McFadden and sat Alfred Morris Sunday against Tampa Bay, and there were many, the answer played out early in the game.

The had McFadden and rookie starter Ezekiel Elliott on the field and in the backfield at the same time. McFadden, a former top-10 pick and projected franchise back, lined up at fullback.

On third and 1 at the 5, McFadden gained 3 yards on a dive up the middle.

Elliott scored two plays later.

That was just an example of what makes McFadden more valuable and more versatile than Morris. He does more on special teams. He is a better pass receiver and a better pass blocker.

"Darren is someone who can contribute in a lot of different ways for us," coach Jason Garrett said. "Like I said, we put him at the fullback spot and handed him the ball, and he was involved in some protection stuff. He played on special teams. So he’s in a lot of different roles."

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