Should the Cowboys keep Kendial Lawrence?
At NBC, I gave my thoughts on running back Kendial Lawrence:
Through three preseason games, Lawrence has totaled only 14 yards on five carries. One of those rushes was a seven-yard touchdown, meaning Lawrence had seven yards on the four other carries. He also has failed to record a reception. Playing only 16 snaps, there’s really not too much we can conclude from Lawrence’s preseason work.
So what do we know about Lawrence? Well, he’s just 5 feet 9 inches tall, 194-pounds, which is very comparable to Dunbar. That’s obviously not ideal, but Lawrence also has great speed. Actually, he’s probably slightly more explosive than Dunbar. Lawrence ran between 4.33 and 4.45 at his pro day. That’s a big range, but Lawrence’s 10-5 broad jump and 37-inch vertical suggest he has true explosiveness. He’s probably a high-4.3 or low 4.4 sort of running back, which is outstanding at any size.
The problem is that Lawrence wasn’t extremely productive at Missouri. Running back success is obviously largely dependent on the offensive line, but it’s still slightly concerning that Lawrence averaged just 5.0 YPC on 444 carries during his four-year career. He also caught only 10 passes per season and scored 21 total touchdowns.