Cason to Compete Against Hambrick?

The Cowboys didn't exactly address the running back position in the draft, though they did use a draft pick to acquire a running back when they traded one of their seventh-round selections to Detroit for the services of three-year veteran Aveion Carson.

The Cowboys clearly had inside information on this one as offensive coordinator/running backs coach Maurice Carthon coached running backs in Detroit last year and is clearly familiar with Cason.

A seventh round pick is not sacrificing much to find out if Cason can provide competition for Troy Hambrick in the quest to replace Emmitt Smith in the Cowboys backfield.

Cason, who played his college football at Illinois Sate, has been coveted by the Cowboys since Bill Parcells became their head coach in January and is recognized as a speed running back with solid receiving skills. He became expendable with the drafting of Artose Pinner in the fourth round.

"Cason was a nice addition, but I think he'll be utilized more in the scat-back role in Dallas," a source said Sunday evening. "Parcells didn't really see anybody outside of the first two rounds worth taking at running back, so this was his next best option this weekend."

Cason has spent three years in the NFL with both the St. Louis Rams and Detroit in backup and special teams role.

He was orginally signed in 2001 by the Rams as a free agent, and was then traded to Detroit in November 2001. Cason stands in at 5-feet 10-inches tall and weighs 204 pounds.

Last year was his most productive season as he registered 107 rushing yards on 26 attempts and 19 receptions for 288 yards and 2 touchdowns out of the backfield.

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