One way to boost this running game will be to get a true fullback out there.
While the Cowboys have been getting by – barely – with tight end John Phillips leading the way on some running plays, the return of Tony Fiammetta should add a spark to a running game that ranks 27th in the NFL.
Fiammetta, who joined the Cowboys just before the start of the season, has only played one game because of a hamstring injury he suffered in his Cowboys debut against San Francisco.
“It’s a little frustrating any time you’re not on the field,” said Fiammetta, who admitted he had to stay patient in his rehab. “But you have to be smart and a lot of games left to play. Taking that time off will pay dividends in the end.”
What added to Fiammetta’s frustration was the obvious struggles the Cowboys have had in the running game, particularly in the red zone. Last week against the Patriots, the Cowboys got inside the 5 on two occasions but settled for field goals in a 20-16 loss.
“Whether they’re struggling or not, I want to be out there with my teammates,” Fiammetta said. “I want to be out there playing football. That’s what they do. Getting back feels good because I’m back on the field helping the team out and hopefully helping them win.”
Fiammetta, a fourth-round pick of the Panthers in 2009, has nine career starts in two seasons in Carolina.