Darius Jackson

Darius Jackson

Running Back #35
Team: Indianapolis Colts
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 219 lb.
College:Eastern Michigan
Born:December 1, 1993
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 6 (216)
Draft Team:DAL

Darius Jackson: Done in Indy

The Colts released Jackson on Sunday.

Analysis: Jackson spent time on the practice squads of Dallas, Tampa Bay and Indianapolis last season, but he didn't have any opportunities for on-field action. Since entering the league as a sixth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2016, Jackson has appeared in four career games between Dallas and Green Bay.

August 2, 2020 2:27 PM EST

Darius Jackson: Remains with Indianapolis

Jackson signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on Monday.

Analysis: Jackson spent time on the Cowboys', Colts' and Buccaneers' practice squads early in the season before rejoining the Colts' unit in mid-November. The 26-year-old has six carries for 16 yards in four appearances between Dallas and Green Bay since being a sixth-round pick in 2016.

December 30, 2019 3:26 PM EST

Darius Jackson: Let go by Bucs

Jackson was released off the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jackson signed with Tampa Bay's practice squad last week but will now be looking for a new team. The 25-year-old was a sixth-round pick by the Cowboys in 2016, and he's already spent time on the Cowboys', Colts', and Buccaneers' practice squads this season.

October 15, 2019 4:38 PM EST

Darius Jackson: Hooks up with Bucs

Jackson was signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad Wednesday, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Jackson entered the league as a sixth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2016 and has gone on to play in four career games while also spending time on the Colts' practice squad. He'll serve as organizational depth for the time being and would presumably have a chance to jump to the active roster were injuries to strike Ronald Jones or Peyton Barber.

October 9, 2019 11:22 AM EST

Darius Jackson: Cut from Colts' practice squad

Jackson was cut from the Colts' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Jackson originally joined the practice squad Friday. The 25-year-old has seen a fall from grace since operating as the top running back for the Cowboys in training camp. Jackson has the ability to at least provide a team with depth at running back, but for now he'll have to find another opportunity elsewhere in the league.

September 24, 2019 12:18 PM EST

Darius Jackson: Joins Colts' practice squad.

Jackson signed to the Colts' practice squad Friday.

Analysis: Jackson was previously on the Cowboys' practice squad before getting let go. All-in-all he has suited up for four career NFL games, compiling 16 yards on 6 carries in the process. With four running backs on the Colts' depth chart, Jackson has the potential to be called up if one of them ultimately miss time due to injury.

September 20, 2019 5:23 PM EST

Darius Jackson: Cut from Cowboys' practice squad

Jackson was released from Dallas' practice squad Monday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Jackson originally signed to the practice squad Sep. 10. The 25-year-old served as the team's top back at the start of training camp while Ezekiel Elliott held out, but he ultimately didn't make the 53-man roster. He'll now have to find another opportunity elsewhere.

September 16, 2019 2:52 PM EST

Darius Jackson: Lands on Dallas' practice squad

Jackson signed with the Cowboys' practice squad Tuesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jackson was originally waived by the Cowboys on Aug. 30. The 25-year-old served as the top back for Dallas at the start of training camp with Ezekiel Elliott holding out, but he ultimately didn't make the 53-man roster. Jackson is now able to find a spot on the practice squad after Dallas called up linebacker Chris Covington to the active roster.

September 10, 2019 1:55 PM EST

Darius Jackson: Waived by Dallas

The Cowboys waived Jackson on Friday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The 2016 sixth-round pick has hung around the team for a few seasons, mostly spending time on the practice squad. Jackson served as the first-team running back at the start of training camp, but he was surpassed by Tony Pollard and Alfred Morris during the preseason.

August 30, 2019 11:38 AM EST

Darius Jackson: Co-leads team in carries

Jackson carried six times for 16 yards and caught one of two targets for five yards during Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Jackson tied for the team lead in carries in the exhibition opener, although his mark of 2.7 yards per tote was nothing to write home about. He was also the team's third running back to enter the game, behind rookies Tony Pollard and Mike Weber. Factor in the eventual return of Ezekiel Elliot and Jackson is fighting an uphill battle to make the team this season.

August 11, 2019 8:17 AM EST

Darius Jackson: Working with first team

Jackson was the primary first-team running back during Saturday's practice,Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jackson appears to be the preliminary leader for snaps among the Cowboys' running back room with Ezekiel Elliot (contract dispute) holding out. The 2016 sixth-round pick is competing with rookies Tony Pollard and Mike Weber for the No. 2 running back role in Dallas, though it's worth noting that the team would almost certainly rely on a committee approach if Elliott were to miss any time.

July 27, 2019 12:35 PM EST

Darius Jackson: Facing competition from rookies

The Cowboys drafted Tony Pollard (fourth round) and Mike Weber (seventh round) to compete with Jackson for depth roles in the backfield, Patrick Conn of WFAA ABC Dallas reports.

Analysis: Weber was a between-the-tackles grinder at Ohio State, while Pollard mostly made his impact at Memphis on receptions and kick returns. Both players give Jackson viable competition for the No. 2 running back job vacated by Rod Smith, who remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent. The winner of the battle will have some handcuff appeal for Ezekiel Elliott owners, though Dallas likely would turn to a committee if the superstar runner were to miss time with an injury. Jackson spent most of 2018 on the Dallas practice squad, playing two games for the Packers in September and two for the Cowboys in December. He's a workout warrior who only had one productive season at Eastern Michigan before coming off the board in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

April 29, 2019 7:57 AM EST

Darius Jackson: Silent in playoff loss

Jackson did not play a single snap during Saturday's playoff loss to the Rams. He finished up the regular season with six carries for 16 yards across two games with the Cowboys.

Analysis: Jackson failed to bring in his lone target during the 2018 season. He spent the first four weeks with the Packers, but did not log a single snap before being waived by the team. On Dec. 22 Jackson joined Dallas' active roster, and played a depth role during the team's final two games of the regular season. The 25-year-old, who was originally drafted by the Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, will likely need to impress on special teams this offseason in order to earn a depth role in 2019.

January 18, 2019 3:46 PM EST

Darius Jackson: Will get some run Sunday

Jackson and Rod Smith are expected to split reps at running back Sunday against the Giants with Ezekiel Elliott slated to be rested for the contest, team sources tell Jane Slater of NFL Network.

Analysis: After receiving a promotion from the practice squad Dec. 22, Jackson was limited to a special-teams role in his 2018 debut with Dallas in last week's win over the Buccaneers. With the Cowboys clinching the NFC East with the victory and now locked in as the conference's No. 4 seed in the playoffs regardless of how the games play out Sunday, there's little incentive for Dallas to expose Elliott to injury in a meaningless regular-season finale. That will open the door for Jackson to get a chance to showcase his skills, though his brief time on the active roster likely means that Smith, who has suited up in all 15 games as Elliott's top backup, will earn the larger share of the backfield touches.

December 30, 2018 6:36 AM EST

Darius Jackson: Joins active roster

Jackson was promoted from the practice squad Saturday, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: Jackson will provide depth to the Cowboys' backfield, although it seems unlikely he'll surpass Ezekiel Elliott or Rod Smith for carries unless something drastic occurs. Jackson's role could become more prominent in Week 17 if the Cowboys clinch a playoff spot this Sunday against the Buccaneers.

December 22, 2018 10:59 AM EST

Darius Jackson: Back with Dallas

Jackson signed with the Cowboys' practice squad Tuesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jackson spent the preseason with the Cowboys before ultimately being released during final roster cut downs. The Packers scooped him up, and Jackson appeared in two games for Green Bay, though he failed to register an offensive statistic.

October 9, 2018 4:48 PM EST

Darius Jackson: Released by Packers

Jackson was released by the Packers on Saturday.

Analysis: Jackson played two games for the Packers but did not record an offensive statistic. Tyler Lancaster will take Jackson's spot on Green Bay's 53-man roster.

October 6, 2018 4:10 PM EST

Darius Jackson: Heads to Green Bay

The Packers are signing Jackson, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jackson, who the Cowboys took 216th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, gives the Packers some needed backfield depth behind Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery, with Aaron Jones set to miss two games out of the gate, as he serves a suspension.

September 3, 2018 9:52 AM EST

Darius Jackson: Cut loose by Cowboys

Jackson was released by Dallas on Saturday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jackson was busy but inefficient during the preseason, taking 21 carries for 72 yards and catching 10 passes for 70 yards. With Bo Scarbrough also released, Ezekiel Elliott and Rod Smith will be the only running backs on the Cowboys' initial 53-man roster.

September 1, 2018 11:39 AM EST

Darius Jackson: Makes mark in passing game

Jackson carried the ball four times for eight yards while catching four of his six targets for 28 yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

Analysis: He doesn't appear to be any threat to Rod Smith or Bo Scarbrough for the No. 2 RB job behind Ezekiel Elliott, but Jackson may have shown enough as a passing-down option this preseason -- both with his receiving and blocking -- to still be in the running for a roster spot.

August 27, 2018 8:24 AM EST

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