Ezekiel Elliott shuts down Ed Werder, said the Cowboys are ‘all gonna eat’ - Braulio Perez, Fansided
Don’t try and start any issues with Ezekiel Elliott around who is going to get their touches in the Cowboys offense. He says they all will get their turns.
We all gonna EAT. Don’t try to start that messy . https://t.co/ovu0NpjXqX— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) August 5, 2020
Yup, don’t ever try and publicly bring down Elliott over his potential for an upcoming season. He’ll be quick to bring you down and let his more than two million followers know he’s not going to put up with any of your nonsense.
For Elliott and the Cowboys, they’re looking to wipe away the awful memories the 2019 season brought. Entering the campaign with Super Bowl aspirations, Dallas ended up missing the playoffs and watched the Philadelphia Eagles take home the NFC East title.
Following the horrific year, Jerry Jones finally decided to part ways with Jason Garrett and brought in McCarthy to replace him. Expectations will of course be high for the former Green Bay Packers head coach. He’s been brought in to try and help this team reach its potential. There’s no doubt Elliott will be a major part of his plans for 2020 and beyond.
Once the season gets underway, Elliott will be ready to eat early and often. If he can have another standout season and stay healthy, Dallas could make some big noise this fall and winter.
Mailbag: Dividing Up The Touches On Offense? - Nick Eatman & Johnny Auping, The Mothership
On the subject of who will get the touches on offense, a Q&A breakdown from the guys at the Mothership.
With first-round pick CeeDee Lamb bound to get his fair share of opportunities to shine, a possible budding star in Michael Gallup, a bona fide elite receiver in Amari Cooper, and arguably a top three running back in Zeke Elliott, how does the offense give each of these players their full chance to shine? Is there such a thing as too much offensive depth?– _BILL DINGMAN / GLENS FALLS, NY_*
Nick: Well, that’s a good question. Honestly, the answer doesn’t really have anything to do with talent. If everyone is on the same page and egos are checked at the door, it’ll work. The problem comes when these players start having issues with catching one pass for 14 yards. That’s just the way it goes sometimes. Teams always say they want a “pick your poison” type of offense but that sounds good until a player doesn’t have a big game. Then the fans (fantasy owners) start wondering what’s wrong with Michael Gallup. “I started him last week and he caught one pass!” It sounds dumb but it’s reality. This offense has a lot of expectations but it’s nearly impossible for everyone to have big games. So as long as they all understand that – and the fans and media understand it as well – it’ll be fine.
Jonny: The short answer is no, because depth is just a good thing to have full-stop. But you could make the argument that depth can create outsized expectations. CeeDee Lamb could have been drafted by the Eagles, put into a No. 1 receiver role, and I’m sure Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz would have figured out how to rack up his statistics. It’s not as simple as saying Cooper, Gallup, and Lamb will all have the impact they would have had as No. 1 receivers. There’s a ceiling to every role. The good news is all those guys will be trying to knock on that ceiling. The same goes for Zeke and Tony Pollard.
Vander Esch Says Neck Injury ‘All Behind Me’ - Rob Phillips, The Mothership
LVE is not worried about his neck injury. He feels good and is ready to go in 2020.
Leighton Vander Esch isn’t really interested in talking about last year.
But for the record, the Cowboys’ third-year linebacker says “I’m back and better than I was” in terms of strength in his neck before his January surgery.
“I’ve been training for like three or four months hard. I’ve got all my strength back,” Vander Esch said Thursday via conference call. “Everything’s going great there, and I feel amazing. I’m just excited to be on the field.”
Vander Esch said he’s making a slight adjustment to his pads for the upcoming season.
“I have a smaller roll inside my actual pads now too, to help with, I guess you could say ‘shock,’” he said. “But as far mobility and everything, I still have all my mobility, being able to look around with my helmet, no problems there. Just a small adjustment with the roll.”
Being next Tony Romo will be difficult for Cowboys’ undrafted rookies - Todd Archer, ESPN
The UDFA class of 2020 has it especially hard. In years past, the Cowboys have found diamonds in the rough. This year it won’t be so easy.
The current Cowboys have 12 undrafted rookies on their roster, but the chances of becoming the next Harris, Drew Pearson, Mark Tuinei, Everson Walls, Bill Bates, Tony Romo or Miles Austin are severely limited because they will not have an offseason program or any preseason action to show their worth. The Cowboys went from having five preseason games in 2020, including the Hall of Fame Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers that was scheduled for Thursday, to none.
For perspective, there were an average of 14.4 undrafted free agents per team (a total of 460) who played in Week 1 in the 2019 NFL season, and an average of 15.2 per team during the same week in 2018 (total of 486).
Cowboys’ history is littered with undrafted player success stories. Pearson is a member of the 1970s All-Decade team and has been a Hall of Fame finalist. In 1981, Walls led the NFL in interceptions as an undrafted rookie. Tuinei and Bates made the Cowboys as undrafted free agents in 1983 and lasted 15 seasons each, winning three Super Bowls.
More recently, Romo went from undrafted free agent to the franchise leader in passing yards (34,183) and touchdown passes (248). Undrafted in 2006, Austin played in two Pro Bowls.
‘I felt like I had been hit by a truck’: Dallas Cowboys legend Darren Woodson talks about his bout with COVID - Rebecca Lopez, WFAA
Cowboys legend Darren Woodson talks about his recent bout with the virus.
“So we did everything to prepare ourselves for COVID. We isolated ourselves. We basically quarantined ourselves,” said Woodson.
Woodson said his wife took a business trip to Houston.
She didn’t know it at the time, but her business partner she was with had COVID-19.
“My wife had zero symptoms but went to doctor, tested positive and still without symptoms,” said Woodson.
Woodson, his 19 and 4-year-old sons did a rapid test and initially all tested negative.
“Then all of a sudden, five hours later after a negative test I had chills, 102 degree temperature and had all the COVID symptoms,” said Woodson.
His children had few symptoms, but Woodson said it felt like his body had played an entire pro-football game.
“It felt like I was in a car crash. My body was aching, sore back, legs, hard to get out of bed for a day,” he said.
But he said one of the hardest parts for him was not knowing what the virus would do to him.
“It affected me more mentally than physically, the first couple of days, I just didn’t know when I was going to get back to myself,” said Woodson.
Jason Witten was in the news this week. Listen in to the latest episode of Broadcasting The ‘Boys as we discuss whether what was said is fair or not.
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