Cowboys shaping most powerful NFL offense? - Patrik Walker, Cowboys Wire
In a post from last week, Walker explains how the Cowboys may have put together one of the most powerful offenses in the league.
With the drafting of Elliott, the return of Romo/Bryant, and a newly acquired Alfred Morris all operating behind the best offensive line in football; moves like the law firm of "Smith and Smith" to FB gives a glimpse into what Garrett and Linehan truly have up their sleeves for the coming season. And it’s for the Cowboys to own the most terrifying and unpredictable offense in the NFL.
La'el Collins says Cowboys offense will be "really good" with addition of Elliott - Brandon George, SportsDay
Collins said the Cowboys' offense will be improved in 2016.
"It will be really good. We got a lot of great pieces to the puzzle," Collins said. "If we keep everybody healthy, that's one of the biggest factors, and I think that will make the difference."
Collins also said he's looking forward to playing in front of Elliott.
"I'm extremely excited," Collins said. "He's a smart guy, fast guy, learns pretty fast, so he's been taking some reps. I'm ready to see what he has, come put the pads on, see what kind of juice he has."
The making of Ezekiel Elliott - Kate Hairopoulos, Amarillo Globe-News
Hairopoulos offers a very readable longform piece on the journey that took Elliott to Dallas. An excerpt:
"All I’ve done in college really doesn’t matter anymore," Elliott said from the Cowboys’ locker room. "I understand what’s expected of me. I understand the lineage for the running back position of the Dallas Cowboys. I’m ready to attack this playbook, attack the field and hold up to expectations."
Former NFL GM: I think Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is going to be Offensive Rookie of the Year | SportsDay
Former NFL GMs Charley Casserly and Ray Farmer discussed Elliott on NFL network and Casserly offered this take on Elliott.
"I think Ezekiel Elliott is going to be the Offensive Rookie of the Year," he said. ".....Here's the thing. To me, you go back to 2014. They ran the ball, they dominated on that side of the ball. It kept the defense off the field. It helped Tony Romo cut down on his turnovers. They got a lot of holes on defense. They couldn't fill all their holes on defense with one pick. Ezekiel Elliott: that's the guy that can affect the defense and do more to win ballgames. This guy is the most impactful rookie in this year's class."
Expect Cowboys' running game to return to 2014 form, but don't sleep on the passing game - Kristi Scales, SportsDay
Scales shared her thoughts about the Cowboys offense in a recent chat with fans:
While I expect the Cowboys to turn to a similar formula that brought success in 2014 (pound the ball with Murray, control the clock, etc.), I do not anticipate them doing less in the passing game than 2014.
The Cowboys may have added Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris this offseason, but their pass game still features Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, with some Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley to mix-in. I also am anxious to see what Brice Butler can do following a full offseason with this team.
Cowboys roster breakdown: Not a lot of jobs open on offense - Todd Archer, ESPN
In looking at the Cowboys' pre-training camp 90-man roster, the starters are pretty well set on the offensive side of the ball, Archer writes. But there might be some wiggle room for new players a little further down the depth chart at positions like wide receiver.
Dez Bryant’s recovery from a second surgery on his right foot in January has gone well and he should do more as the offseason progresses. This is a big year for Terrance Williams, who has an expiring contract. Williams and Cole Beasley should benefit from a healthy Romo. There will be a fight for the spots after the first three receivers. If Brice Butler can show some consistency, he could be a playmaker. The Cowboys like Andy Jones and Chris Brown, two of their top undrafted receivers.
Tyron Smith still trying to perfect his game going into sixth season - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
Has it really been six years already for Smith?
As far as entering his sixth season, Smith shook his head and said: "It goes by quick. You don’t realize it until you start counting down the years. It doesn’t feel like Year 6 at all."
But the 2011 first-round pick still feels he has room to grow.
"I feel like it’s always room for improvement and everybody tries to be perfect," Smith said recently at the Cowboys’ annual golf tournament. "I’m trying to do the same thing. I’m trying to perfect my technique and perfect my game."
Will Cowboys Chaz Green replace Doug Free at right tackle? Steve Mullenax, The Landry Hat
Will Dallas Cowboys second-year offensive lineman Chaz Green replace veteran right tackle Doug Free as a starter on the offensive line?
If the 24-year old Green can beat out Free for the starting role at right tackle this offseason, it would certainly justify the third round selection the Cowboys used on him last year while injecting even more youth into the most talented offensive line in the league.
The 4-12 Cowboys led the NFC East in Pro Football Focus' top 101 NFL players from the 2015 season | SportsDay
From last to first: The Cowboys finished with the least amount of wins in the NFC East last year, but have the most players among NFC East teams in Pro Football Focus' top 101 NFL players from the 2015.
Dallas finished with four players on PFF's list: Tyron Smith at No. 13, Travis Frederick at No. 35, Zack Martin at No. 54 and Sean Lee at No. 58.
Positions where Dallas can still improve this offseason - Kevin Sherrington, SportsDay
Sherrington recently held a chat with fans and was asked which positions the Cowboys might address in the coming months.
I'd like to see how these FA WRs pan out. They didn't address the position in the draft. Butler is coming back, and he's intriguing as a downfield threat. But what do some of these other guys bring? Also at CB. Basically same cast of characters.
Video: 2016 Cowboys Cheerleader Tryouts Begin | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Women from all over came to AT&T Stadium to audition to become a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader this much-too-short video explains.
Redskins players are talking trash about the Eagles - Brandon Lee Gowton, Bleeding Green Nation
The Redskins are talking trash and Eagles fans are outraged by it.
Offseason Power Rankings Are Rarely Fun for Redskins Fans - Ken Meringolo, Hogs Haven
More outrage, this time from Redskins fans, at the perceived sleight at the hands of power rankings.
Dallas above Washington? Check! First, the obvious: Dallas is ranked above Washington...again. Why wouldn't they be ranked above us? They finished 4-12 last season, have a quarterback made entirely of glass, drafted a running back in the first round that at least seems superfluous and a linebacker in the second round that won't be able to play for...at least a while. They have perfected the art of failing to meet expectations, so everyone feels obligated to set those expectations nice and high so the Dallas Cowboys can...you know...go to work. It's not an official power rankings piece unless the lead analyst is giving Dallas the benefit of the doubt for being terrible in the previous year.
Football Outsiders: New York Giants will go 6-10 again - Ed Valentine, Big Blue View
A projection for the Giants to have their fourth straight losing season is met by, you guessed it, outrage.