Hambrick must make his case

Cowboys RB Troy Hambrick has played well lately, but he'll need to show Bill Parcells much more to save his job.

Updated: December 19, 2003, 4:13 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
Troy Hambrick is the starting tailback for the Dallas Cowboys, but who will lead their rushing attack in 2004?

With Hambrick, who has yet to prove he can carry the load, becoming a free agent, there has been much speculation, especially with someone like Corey Dillon expected to be available. But recently, Hambrick has put himself in position to keep his spot in the starting backfield.

Hambrick has performed well in his last two outings, gaining 264 yards on 50 carries. In the six games previous to that he accumulated only 227 yards on 76 carries. His spike in production couldn't have come at a better time in the eyes of coach Bill Parcells.