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Cowboys news: A prediction for how long Ezekiel Elliott will be lead dog in Dallas

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Dallas Radio Personality Predicts When Cowboys Will Cut Ezekiel Elliott - Zack Kelberman, The Heavy

Some think that Elliott’s days in D-Town are numbered...

At least, that’s what 105.3 The Fan’s Mike Bacsik foresees: The club cutting bait with its $90 million workhorse following the 2021 season.

Bacsik took to the airwaves Friday to predict Elliott’s eventual ouster in a salary cap-driven move by a front office that, he argues, mistakenly invested in a devalued NFL position — and an “average running back.”

Via 105.3 The Fan:

“I think when we get to the end of the 2021 season, the Cowboys will look to release Ezekiel Elliott. … I think they’re going to look at their financial aspect because I think they are committed to Dak [Prescott] being the quarterback of the future. And I think they’re going to just look at financially and look at his production and go, ‘Guys, it might be best to take a hit now and open up money for later.’

From a budding star to unexpected starters, the Cowboys’ rookie class has seen significant growth - Calvin Watkins, DMN

It’s not the season fans wanted, but the rookie class is promising.

“Those top three picks, all of them are really playing well or coming,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “Obviously Neville (Gallimore) had his best game (against the Steelers before the bye). I think he’s really starting to get a feel for what we’re wanting out of him. And then Diggs has had a, we’ve, from the day he walked in the door, we thought he could really be a big playmaker for us and certainly the same goes for CeeDee Lamb.”

And don’t forget the fourth-rounder.

Tyler Biadasz, fourth round, C

He was drafted to replace Travis Frederick in 2021, but his chance came sooner with the injury to Joe Looney. Biadasz can get stronger, something that will happen with a normal-type offseason, but he’s progressing. He’s out for a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury.

Behind The Line: Self-Scouting These Cowboys - Bucky Brooks, DallasCowboys.com

An in-depth dive into the ‘Boys misfortunes.

A team picked by many to compete for the playoffs and perhaps even further than that, the Cowboys have been completely decimated by injuries and limped to the open week with a 2-7 record.

But injuries haven’t been the only problem. Even when Dak Prescott went down, the team had struggled to a 2-3 record, but have since lost four straight without him.

Let’s take a closer look at this team that still has seven games to go.

Giants make Dallas Cowboys bye week much sweeter - Brandon Ladd, The Landry Hat

The Cowboys got some needed help in their own division from the G-Men.

The Dallas Cowboys went into their Week 10 bye week with two possibilities still on the table. Option one was to hope the better play of the defense and a fresh quarterback in Andy Dalton could turn the season around the final seven games on Big D’s schedule.

Option two was to hope some of the bottom feeders around the NFL will start winning games and the Cowboys position in the 2021 NFL Draft is improved.

The New York Giants satisfied both options this Sunday with a 27-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Moving America’s Team to only a game and a half away from the top position in the division.

Dallas Cowboys: 5 Most disappointing players at the bye - Reid Hanson, SportDFW.com

This could be a much longer list...

Dontari Poe, DT

The Dallas Cowboys run defense has been perhaps the most disappointing and underachieving part of the entire team this season. Which is really saying something.

2020 was finally the year the Cowboys addressed the run-stopping portion of their game. After neglecting the 1-tech spot for years, they finally bit the bullet and signed a proven free agent vet. Dontari Poe was that vet.

Poe failed in virtually every facet of the game. He was worthless against the pass, uninterested in gap responsibilities, and about as stout as a giraffe on roller skates as the 1-tech. Poe was pushed around and manipulated on the regular. Even with the rotation piece of Antwaun Woods behind him keeping him fresh, Poe looked washed on every play. There’s a reason he was a midseason cut.

Why Andy Dalton Deserves Another Chance as Cowboys Starting QB - Jess Haynie, InsidetheStar.com

A vote for Dalton’s return as head honcho.

Remember how we felt after Andy came in after Dak’s injury and engineered a late-game drive to get the win. There was a lot of optimism about what Dallas could still do given the weak NFC East and what we saw from Dalton in that victory.

In hindsight, maybe that had more to do with how bad the Giants are. But again, have we seen enough of Dalton in reasonable circumstances to make a confident evaluation?

Losing Zack Martin for Andy’s two starts was a death blow to the Cowboys’ ability to function offensively. Since his return, we’ve seen how Martin’s presence stabilizes things across the board for the offense. Even without his Pro Bowl teammates around him, Zack can at least help keep things solvent.

Dalton deserves a chance to play with Zack Martin in front of him. He deserves an opportunity to compete with the Cowboys defense finally showing up to play.

Peter King: The Cowboys must consider drafting a reasonably priced QB if one is available - SportDay Staff, Dallas Morning News

King may not be the only one with this opinion, but he is one of the first to say it.

Regarding their future at quarterback, the Dallas Cowboys are currently in a no-win situation.

At least, that’s what NFL analyst and sportswriter Peter King thinks.

While Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones and the rest of the Cowboys’ front office has remained consistent in saying that Dak Prescott will be their guy moving forward, King pointed out that it’s not so simple on a recent episode of NBC’s Pro Football Talk.

King believes that salary cap uncertainty, Prescott’s injury and other factors could weigh heavily on Dallas’ draft decisions. While the Cowboys may not be in position to draft an elite QB, the franchise must still prepare for that possibility, according to King.

PFF 2020 Midseason NFL All-Pro Team - Sam Monson, PFF

A couple of Cowboys vets get some love as they are voted to a mid-season All-Pro team.

RG ZACK MARTIN, DALLAS COWBOYS

Second Team: Shaq Mason, New England Patriots

The last member still standing of the once-best offensive line in football, Zack Martin is still doing an outstanding job despite everything around him collapsing in on itself.

His run-blocking grade this season is bested only by Cleveland’s Wyatt Teller, and though his pass protection has been a little weaker than in years past, it can largely be explained by the influence of constant quarterback change and weaker players on either side of him than he is used to.

DeMarcus Lawrence was selected to the second-team at edge.

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