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Rico Dowdle

#5 RB,


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RANK: 180





24 yrs


6'0'' / 215 lbs


South Carolina

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Joined by Zeke in shaky backfield

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-04-29

The Cowboys are signing Ezekiel Elliott to join Dowdle in a backfield that otherwise lacks experienced players and early draft picks,'s Todd Archer reports.

The Zeke reunion has been in the works for weeks, but most people still expected the Cowboys to add at least one running back during the 2024 NFL Draft. They ultimately didn't select one, leaving Royce Freeman, Malik Davis, Snoop Conner and 2023 sixth-round pick Deuce Vaughn as the competition behind Elliott and Dowdle. An undrafted free agent or two likely will be added to that mix, but it should still be a favorable situation for Elliott and Dowdle to earn playing time.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022


Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingRushing StatsReceiving Stats
1 TB Dome 81° 0.0 39th 0.002.549.5000.000%0000000%
2 CIN Dome 93° 0.0 40th
3 @NYG Outdoor 70° 0.0 39th 0.001.539.5000.000%0000000%
4 WAS Dome 74° 0.0 42nd 0.00-3.042.5000.000%0000000%
5 @LA Outdoor 72° 0.0 41st

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing AveragesReceiving Averages
Home Retractable Dome 10 00.20.3447th20.03.446%
Away Outdoor 9 00.00.00233th00.00.00%
Away Dome 1 00.00.00153rd00.00.00%

Career Stats by Season: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing StatsReceiving Stats
2020 22 DAL 15 0 2 154th72403.446%0002%000
2022 24 DAL 5 0 0 180th0000.00%0000%000
"YAC%" is percent of total yards gained after first contact. "Share" of team passing targets.

Remaining with Dallas

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-18

Dowdle is set to re-sign with the Cowboys, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Following the free-agent departure of Tony Pollard, Dowdle is poised to reclaim his role in a Dallas backfield that also currently includes Deuce Vaughn, Malik Davis and Snoop Conner. Chances are, the Cowboys will add further RB depth via free agency or the draft, so until the team's personnel at the position is settled, Dowdle's fantasy upside for the 2024 season will be difficult to gauge.

Strong season in backup role

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-22

Dowdle finished the regular season with 361 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 89 carries while catching 17 of 22 targets for 144 yards and two more TDs over 16 games.

The 25-year-old running back made his NFL debut with the Cowboys in 2020 but had only seven career carries coming into 2023. Dowdle won the No. 2 job in the backfield behind Tony Pollard in camp and never looked back, setting career highs across the board and posting a couple big performances in blowouts, including 79 rushing yards and a TD on 12 totes against the Giants in Week 10. Dowdle is a restricted free agent this offseason while Pollard is unrestricted, but even if the former stays and the latter departs it's unlikely Dallas would simply hand Dowdle the starting role in 2024. A timeshare or committee role might be the best he can hope for.

Reaches century mark in Week 18

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-08

Dowdle carried the ball nine times for 46 yards and caught three of four targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 38-10 rout of the Commanders.

The backup running back mixed in regularly with Tony Pollard in the Cowboys' backfield before taking over completely in the fourth quarter, and Dowdle wound up reaching 100 scrimmage yards in a game for the first time in his career while seeing double-digit touches for the fourth time this year. The 25-year-old had a solid regular season in his depth role, amassing 505 scrimmage yards and four total touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving) on 106 touches, and Dowdle should remain involved in the game plan when Dallas faces Green Bay next Sunday in the wild-card round.

Gets back to full participation

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-04

Dowdle (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

After sitting out Week 17 due to a lingering ankle injury, Dowdle appears set to resume his standing as the Cowboys' No. 2 running back behind starter Tony Pollard on Sunday at Washington, as he has for most of the season. Since the Cowboys' Week 7 bye, Dowdle has turned 61 touches into 248 yards from scrimmage and three total TDs over the last nine games.

Limited Wednesday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-03

Dowdle (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice, Todd Archer of reports.

Dowdle has been dealing with the ankle issue for weeks and was ultimately deemed inactive last Saturday night against the Lions. In his place, rookie Deuce Vaughn handled No. 2 duties behind Tony Pollard, turning eight offensive snaps into 12 yards on three touches.

Not playing Saturday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-28

Dowdle (ankle) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Lions, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Dowdle has been playing through an ankle injury in the Cowboys' previous six games, but he apparently reached a breaking point this week after missing back-to-back practices Wednesday and Thursday. His absence could mean Deuce Vaughn is active for the first time since Week 10, but the team may lean on fullback Hunter Luepke instead or otherwise sign Malik Davis off the practice squad to serve as reserve options behind top RB Tony Pollard.

No practice Wednesday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-27

Dowdle (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Ralph Vacchiano of Fox Sports reports.

One day removed from being limited at Tuesday's walkthrough, Dowdle was held out of drills entirely. Thus, he'll have only more chance to practice this week before the Cowboys potentially make a ruling on his status for Saturday's game against the Lions.

Limited Tuesday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-26

Dowdle (ankle) was limited in Tuesday's practice, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Dowdle has been nursing this ankle injury for over a month but continues to play through it. In last Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Dolphins, Dowdle's 11 snaps were his fewest since Week 6. He's carried the ball five times for just eight yards over the last two games, losses to Buffalo and Miami.

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