Ezekiel Elliott’s name comes up again in this NFL.com piece about the most indispensable offensive players on each team.
3) Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Zeke makes Dak. Never get it twisted. And Elliott makes the Cowboys a contender to go deep into the playoffs, as a game-changing back and the perfect complement to one of the best defenses in the league.
Elliott has been in the NFL for three seasons, and in each of those years, he’s paced the league in rushing yards per game. He’s also a potent weapon in the pass game, fresh off a season that saw him set career highs in catches (77), yards (567) and touchdowns (3). Not to mention, he stones opposing QB hunters in pass pro.
In today’s NFL, committee backfields are the norm. But Elliott’s a true bell cow, the motor that Dallas’ entire game plan revolves around.
It’s the time of year for lists and the Bleacher Report looks at each franchise’s riskiest move.
The Dallas Cowboys are working on a new deal for quarterback Dak Prescott. Giving him a new contract isn’t the risky part—he’s proved himself a more-than-capable starter. The risky part of the whole negotiation process is that Dallas didn’t get something done earlier in the offseason.
”I’d have done it before,” former Cowboys great Michael Irvin told 105.3 The Fan, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “Because every day they wait, it’s costing them money.”
The price tag for Prescott has likely risen over the course of the offseason. The Mississippi State product watched as the Eagles gave Carson Wentz a new four-year, $128 million deal, and the Cowboys will likely have to top that figure. That’s just how the cycle of quarterback paydays works.
Can the Cowboys still lock up Prescott without making him the highest-paid player in the game? Probably, but they’ll have to come close.
It’s official - Ezekiel Elliott will be meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York on Tuesday regarding an incident in Las Vegas in May, according to a source.
Elliott was briefly detained but not arrested after a security guard fell to the ground after being bumped by the running back. Elliott was seen on video having an argument with his girlfriend when he turned his attention to the security guard.
Elliott is subject to a fine or suspension under the league's personal conduct policy, which does not require an arrest or conviction for a player to be penalized. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said during the offseason he did not believe Elliott would face any sanctions from the NFL.
The SportsDay columnist opines on what he thinks Jerry Jones should learn from Elliott being summoned to the commissioner’s office.
If nothing comes of Zeke Elliott’s meeting Tuesday with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell other than another trip to the principal’s office, the message to Jerry Jones ought to be clear:
Quit trying to do my job for me.
Jerry is on record that he sees nothing in Zeke’s encounter with a Las Vegas security guard in May that would warrant a fine or suspension. You may recall that Jerry essentially came to the same conclusion in 2017 after a former girlfriend accused Zeke of domestic violence, and the commissioner responded with a six-game suspension.
Jerry keeps trying to build a case in the court of public opinion in defiance of Goodell’s authority, and maybe this meeting is a demonstration of who’s in charge.
As for the latest incident involving Zeke, the facts don’t come close to rising to the same level as the allegations against him in 2017. Better chance that he’s fined, probably. Still, you shouldn’t dismiss the possibility of a one- or two-game suspension. A cumulative effect may be in order. Zeke’s been in the league only three years, yet this is at least the fourth time he’s made unpleasant headlines. Even though there have never been charges, a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy doesn’t require a mug shot. The intent behind the policy is to discourage bad publicity.
An in-depth look at Josh Brent and his struggles off-the-field.
WFAA-TV in Dallas posted a video from the police car of Brent shouting and wrestling with police officers. Police later released a mugshot of Brent as he was booked in a Carrollton jail. The mug shot shows a man looking into space wearing an orange shirt. One can only imagine what Brent is thinking here. A friend of his was going to bail him out on Sunday afternoon, but making bail is the least of his worries.
Brent is currently on probation for 10 years, and once he breaks that probation, there’s no turning back. This is what his defense attorney, Kevin Brooks said to the Dallas Morning News back in 2014: “(The judge) going to put him on what’s called a ‘SCRAM,’ which will let the court know if he’s using alcohol. He’s not going to be allowed to drink alcohol while on probation, so there’s going to be a lot of restrictions on him and there’s going to be a lot of technical devices to monitor him and what he’s doing or consuming.”
The Mothership’s staff is deep into their 20-part series looking at various Cowboys’ units. In this episode they look at the offensive line.
David Helman: They might not want to admit it, but the Cowboys sent a pretty clear message about their future when they drafted McGovern. That decision shines a pretty bright light on Collins, who is entering the final year of the two-year extension he signed back in 2017. It’s not a knock on Collins. He has been solid more often than not from the time the team moved him out to tackle. But with the number of big contract looming on the Cowboys’ horizon, it doesn’t seem feasible to keep him in the fold. Given Williams’ college experience at tackle, he feels like a natural to play right tackle in the future, which obviously opens the left guard spot for McGovern. The biggest question for me is this: if you want Williams to play tackle in the future, why not move him now so that the learning curve isn’t as steep? Williams could play swing tackle in 2019 and move into a starting role next year, while McGovern, Looney or Xavier Su’a-Filo could play left guard for the time being. The future of the offensive line looks crystal clear from where I’m sitting, but the way the Cowboys get there will be something to watch.
Cooper weighs in with thoughts on his departure from the Oakland Raiders, including his recognition that he could benefit from a change of scenery.
“I just approach the game how I've been approaching it. I have a set goal for what I want to accomplish for the season and I just want to be the best player on every field that I step on and I do the things necessary for me to accomplish those goals as far as putting in the necessary work to do what I set out to do.
"I don't even worry about the contract. I have some really good agents who have been in this position a lot of times, who have gotten contracts for guys done and that's the reason I hired them, to do just that. So I don't worry about that, I just worry about playing football because that's my job."
The SportsDay staff is compiling their “All NFC East” team and you’ll never guess the two running backs.
Ezekiel Elliott has led the NFL in rushing two out of the last three years. Last season, he did so without one of the better centers in the league and a rookie left guard.
That won't be an issue this year. A healthy offensive line, a creative new offensive coordinator and a legit No. 1 receiver throughout the season should give Elliott more opportunity to prosper.
Elliott's led the league in rushing attempts two out of the last three years, too. The Cowboys are planning to manage Elliott's workload more in 2019. Dallas drafted two running backs to help spell Elliott. But the focal point of the Cowboys offense is Elliott. That is not going to change.
It's easy to forecast another 1,000-yard season for the workhorse running back.
Elliott was a unanimous selection by the SportsDay staff.
In positive off-field news, Cowboys safety Kavon Frazier opens a training facility, further cementing his connections with the Dallas community.
Kavon Frazier has a history of getting involved in the local community and now the local community will have a chance to come get involved with Frazier, on his turf.
The Dallas Cowboys safety will open a personal training facility in the Dallas suburb of Prosper. To be called Built 4 It Athletics, the facility looks to bring a bit of Frazier’s catchphrase “cold-blooded” swagger to the local gym game when it opens on July 13. Frazier made the announcement on Twitter.