Zeke is running and cutting like the old Zeke.
For as quickly as Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott raced out of the gates to stardom early in his career, he has taken a bit of a step back in recent years. The 2020 season was perhaps the toughest season for Elliott in his career. But on Saturday, Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore shared his excitement for a new and improved Elliott in 2021.
“Zeke’s had an awesome offseason. He’s looked great out there, he’s got total command of the whole thing. It’s been great,” Moore said. “…I think he looks really, really good out there. I mean just fast, crisp, in and out of things. He, you know, looks really good and we’re excited.”
During the press conference, Moore was asked about using Elliott in a receiver role to help him be even more impactful to the Cowboys’ offense. In his five-year career, Elliott has caught an average of 48.2 passes per season for an average of 391.4 yards and two touchdowns per season. Moore admitted that having players able to step into different positions on the field will be beneficial as he tries to build a threatening offense to opposing defenses.
“Really in general for all of our guys, I think it’s versatility this offseason,” Moore said. “Again, we have the fortunate situation of having a lot of continuity on our offense and so guys being able to line up different places, play different positions, that’s only gonna help us because you’re gonna need guys to play different spots throughout the season and it’s also going to give us an opportunity to potentially create matchups, and an opportunity for guys, you know, in the run game and the pass game.”
3 free agents who could bolster Cowboys’ roster before camp, including a former Heisman winner - John Owning, DMN
Free agents are still available, and backup QB is still a need.
Robert Griffin III, QB
The biggest hole on Dallas’ talented offense is the backup QB position, as the Cowboys currently have Garrett Gilbert, Ben DiNucci and Cooper Rush vying for the gig. The Cowboys already brought in veterans Jeff Driskel and Brett Hundley for workouts, but both left without a deal, and Driskel has since signed with the Houston Texans.
While I wouldn’t be opposed to the Cowboys eventually signing Hundley, I think the Cowboys can do one better — sign Robert Griffen III.
The Baylor product is far removed from his years tearing up the Cowboys as a member of the Washington Football Team before knee injuries sapped his effectiveness, but he’s settled in well to a veteran backup role in the latter half of his career.
While the Cowboys offense is much different than the Ravens one that Griffin spent the last three seasons in, Griffin shouldn’t have too difficult of a time getting accustomed to Dallas’ playbook. Moreover, I think a switch to Kellen Moore’s offense will allow Griffin to be a more effective passer than he was in Baltimore, where they do a great job scheming up the run game but the pass game designs don’t exactly put the QBs in the best positions to perform.
2021 Cowboys roster: Bryan Anger could be the favorite to win the starting punting job - RJ Ochoa, Blogging the Boys
The Cowboys could have a new punter behind center this season
Bryan Anger could be the favorite to win the starting punting job
One of the places where the Cowboys refused change for far too long was at the punting position. Chris Jones was once an underrated player at his spot, a hard thing to achieve while having a star on your helmet, but over the last few seasons started to regress and unfortunately the team tolerated it without bringing in competition.
Last season Jones dealt with injury and when the team needed another booter on fourth downs they turned to Hunter Niswander who was fine over eight games. The job appeared to be his to lose until the Cowboys signed veteran Bryan Anger in early April. While things will ultimately be figured out under the bright sun of training camp, it does appear as if Anger does have the inside track towards earning the full-time gig.
There is no question that Anger has experience on Niswander as the latter has only ever played eight games in the NFL, all with the Dallas Cowboys last season. Anger was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 and since then has bounced around with stints in both Tampa Bay and Houston before landing in Dallas.
Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb channels Terrell Owens entering Year 2: ‘Get your popcorn ready’ - Kevin Patra, NFL.com
Fans will be eating heartily if Lamb begins putting up TO numbers.
I mean, as a typical receiver, I feel like if the ball is in the air 50/50, the receiver is feeling like it’s 100/0 always,” Lamb said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’m looking to be more aggressive. Any time I see the ball in the air, I believe it is mine.”
Lamb set a Cowboys rookie record with 74 receptions last season, and his 935 yards were second in club history. He also added five scores.
Lamb burst out of the gate with two 100-plus-yard games in the first five weeks of the season as a rookie. Not coincidently, both of those games came with Dak Prescott in the lineup. Without the star QB, Lamb wasn’t as prolific, generating just two games of 70-plus yards the rest of the way, including a Week 7 goose egg.
The wideout believes a Year 2 leap is on the way as he becomes more consistent.
“I feel like the jump is definitely there,” Lamb said. “It’s all in the future to gauge it. I am excited about the future. I can’t wait for the season.”
Would Geno Atkins fit in the teams system?
Despite the additions made in the 2021 NFL Draft, there are still concerns regarding the Dallas Cowboys defensive line. The atrocious 2020 defense put a spotlight on the position more than ever. Luckily for owner Jerry Jones, there is an eight-time Pro Bowler on the market.
To become a Hall of Famer, you need to be a top player for a long time. With those Pro Bowls, two First-Team All-Pro nods, and a spot on the 2010’s All-Decade team, defensive tackle Geno Atkins is that player.
Dallas’ team doctor, Dr. Dan Cooper, performed the surgery to repair Geno’s torn rotator cuff back in December. He should be cleared by July 1, giving him time to practice with whatever team signs him before the season starts.
This medical connection potentially gives Jerry an advantage to signing the lineman regarding how stable the shoulder will be. Atkins might be more comfortable playing knowing the doctor who performed his surgery would be keeping an eye on him throughout the season.
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