ARLINGTON — The last preseason game of the year may feel pretty meaningless to most out there, but to a few guys on the field Thursday night at AT&T Stadium, it just might’ve been the most important game of their life.
Players like running back Darius Jackson have their jobs on the line with the Cowboys roster dropping from 75 to 53 on Saturday, but they have to do their best to ignore the pressure.
“That’s out of your control so I just try to control what I can control, do my job to the best of my ability, have fun, leave it all out there and we’ll see,” said Jackson.
Well, Jackson definitely flashed some of his ability, picking a really good night to score his first touchdown.
It’s been an uphill climb for the sixth round pick, fighting for a spot in a backfield that has veterans like Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden, and well as first round phenom Ezekiel Elliott. But he says he hasn’t let the guys in front of him phase his game.
“I just feel like there can’t be too much pressure if they drafted me to come here in the situation,” the rookie running back said. “It’s not like I chose the situation even though I’m certainly glad they did. There’s no pressure. Come out here and play football, do what you do. I’m doing what I’ve done my whole life and we’ll see how it goes but I’m excited.”
Excited, and no matter what any of these guys say, nervous.
After all, while the rest of us enjoy our three day holiday weekend, these players head into Saturday waiting on the news of whether their NFL dream will come true, or whether they better start job hunting.