Former Temple standout RB Jahad Thomas is looking to make his mark on the NFL

Via The sooner you become accustomed to hearing the name “Jahad Thomas“, the better.

Still available after the doors were closed on the 2017 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys signed Thomas out of the undrafted free agent pool with the hopes of seeing him replace now-exited running back Lance Dunbar. It’s a role Thomas knows all too well from his days with the Temple Owls, and he’s excited about potentially being the square peg in the square hole.

Having already declared the marriage to be “the best fit” for his skill set, the rookie is excited at what he could bring to the table for the Cowboys. He’ll be looked upon to prove he can ultimately become what Dunbar never did: The dynamic swiss-army knife RB who can do damage in space and in the receiving game.

“I was familiar with his style of play,” Thomas said during rookie minicamp this offseason, via The Dallas Morning News. “I definitely fit the same style, so if I can come in and play that role that would be awesome.”

It’s a skill set not truly present in Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris, but most certainly in the 2016 NFL’s leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott.

This is a chance for Thomas to carve out a role on the Cowboys’ depth chart, possibly as the team’s impactful third-down back — sharing that load with Elliott.

“Being able to split out and catch passes out of the backfield, maybe play a little receiver and then special teams,” Thomas said, explaining what he brings to the table. “I played special teams all four years in college. So just having that experience under my belt, I’m just looking forward to it.

“Whatever is asked of me, I’m willing to do.”

For now, he’s simply being asked to earn his Star in training camp — set to open for rookies on July 18.