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Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott Is Back, Documentary In The Making

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The Dallas Cowboys managed to get to a 3-3 record during Ezekiel Elliott's time away. After losing three straight and following it up with three victories in a row, Dallas is still alive in the hunt for the playoffs with a 8-6 record. And now, the Cowboys' superstar running back is set to return this week to play versus the Seattle Seahawks.

Where was Zeke during his six-game suspension? In Cabo, Mexico. Partying? No.

Elliott was actually hard at work. He dedicated his time away to train. And not only physically, but mentally. According to Ian Rapoport, he met with some mentors to try to improve in various aspects of his life.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Cowboys RB Zeke Elliott returns from Cabo today after 6 weeks of intense training (pic included). A full-length documentary on his time away has been in the works, so you can see for yourself soon ... And that #Bengals coach Marvin Lewis update we promised, too. https://t.co/uynGN4PGoB

According to Rapoport, Elliott also filmed a full-length documentary of his time away. For Cowboys Nation, this will be a must-watch. Supposedly, Elliott will share his side of the story in the film. After such a questionable handling of Zeke's domestic violence "case" by the NFL, Elliott's documentary will draw attention from every NFL fan.

Elliott and the Cowboys were not treated fairly during the investigation process but at least it looks like 21 will have a chance to speak out on the topic. We still don't know many details about the documentary, but as Rapoport wrote in his tweet, it should be "soon."

Oh, and remember those critics saying Zeke was fat? Despite the fact that Elliott wasn't really "out of shape" as a lot of people said he was, there will certainly be no such comments when he returns to the field. Just take a look.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

After 6 weeks of training thanks to a NFL-mandated suspension, this is what #Cowboys RB Zeke Elliott looks like now:

NFL defenses were already scared enough of the second-year beast, and now thanks to Roger Goodell they have to face Ezekiel Elliott 2.0. They won't be ready.

Disappointing season and all, the Cowboys are still alive. And with just two games left, they get 21 back. Alfred Morris and Rod Smith have done a decent job, but Elliott is a game-changer. Forget about those no-gain runs. Forget about that uncertainty on third-and-one downs.

Once the Cowboys are able to establish their running game, things will be back to normal with Zeke on the backfield. The question is, will the Cowboys get the outside help they so desperately need? We don't know.

What we do know, is that it's very likely that Dallas finishes the season with a 10-6 record. If that happens, at least there will be hope.

Ezekiel Elliott ran for 783 yards before he was suspended and will try to get to the 1,000-yard mark before the season comes to an end. After watching Todd Gurley run for 152 yards against the Seahawks, I don't doubt that Zeke can get his first 200-rushing yards game of his career.

We'll have to wait and see. For now, it's time to welcome back our favorite running back. Go get your playing time, Zeke.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott Is Back, Documentary In The Making" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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Cowboys TE James Hanna Retiring

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In an unexpected bit of pre-draft news, Dallas Cowboys backup tight end James Hanna will be retiring after six seasons. He was drafted by the Cowboys in sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The news of Hanna's retirement was first reported by ESPN's Todd Archer:

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys will place James Hanna on the reserve/retired list as the tight end could not get over a serious knee condition that troubled him for most of the last two seasons, according to sources. Hanna was not involved in the early part of the team's... https://t.co/45BAZ2avSC

Hanna, who turns 29 in July, missed all of 2016 with that knee issue and has had two surgeries. He was active for all 16 games last season but wasn't used much on offense, only having four catches. James did catch his first and only NFL touchdown in the team's Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Many thought Hanna would be a salary cap casualty this offseason, but a retirement has the same effect on the cap. The Cowboys now save $2.75 million off his scheduled $3.5 mullion cap hit in 2018.

James Hanna has stuck around this long thanks to being a proficient blocker and one of the standout players on special teams. Geoff Swaim, entering the final year of his rookie deal, will likely be trusted to fill those roles.

That said, tight end was already a targeted position for the Cowboys in next week's draft. Losing Hanna only give the team more incentive to add more talent.


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Optimistic Reports Emerge Around Randy Gregory

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Good news are coming to Dallas just in time. Less than a week from now, the NFL Draft will be held in the Cowboys' home, the AT&T Stadium. But the team may count with a defensive talent many in Cowboys Nation have tried to forget for a while now. Randy Gregory's comeback may just happen.

There's a lot of positions in the roster that need more help than the defensive end one, but after finding the "War Daddy" Jerry Jones has always wanted in DeMarcus Lawrence, finding a RDE this offseason would be a dream scenario.

Sure, there's a lot of young talent in this football team and they'll be coming off a season that put a chip on their shoulders. Even so, they'll need all the help they can get.

Fortunately for the Cowboys, some help could come in form of a very talented pass rusher. Randy Gregory is reportedly applying for reinstatement very soon and according to Mike Fisher and Bobby Belt, there are positive reports around the situation.

Bobby Belt on Twitter

Randy Gregory update: I'm told there is real momentum building. He is expected to apply for reinstatement in the week or two following next week's NFL Draft.

Cowboys Nation last saw the second round pick back in 2016, but his potential shouldn't be forgotten. Of course, the Cowboys shouldn't be considering Gregory for their 2018 plans, simply because there's risk of him not being available.

Even still, Dallas may get lucky at defensive end. After DeMarcus Lawrence has a breakout season in 2017, imagine the defensive line with Randy Gregory reinstated and rehabilitated to exploit his talent in the NFL.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

UPDATE: We're told Randy Gregory camp is ready to present to NFL the fact the #Cowboys DE has passed a large number of drug tests, hasn't failed one since July 2016. https://t.co/Hjgu2CqRtC

Despite some TMZ "reports", it looks like Gregory has been clean for a while. It sure should make Cowboys' fans happy and not only form a football perspective. A comeback would definitely be something amazing. He has a chance to write a unique story for himself.

Everyone likes second-chance stories. Gregory is a guy who had his share of problems. By coming back to the NFL, he's showing players and fans that change is possible. This wouldn't just be epic for Dallas Cowboys fans but NFL fans in general.

If Dallas is fortunate enough to see Gregory reinstated by the NFL, their fight in the trenches might see a big upgrade next season. Randy still has a lot to work on and he might not even be a starter right away, but the potential is right there.

The Cowboys could become a team capable of dominating the line of scrimmage both on offense and on defense.

Hopefully, Gregory is able to come back and shine as a professional player. He, and NFL fans deserve a story like that.

Tell me what you think about "Optimistic Reports Emerge Around Randy Gregory" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys DT David Irving Reports to Voluntary Workouts

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Could Any of These 3 Cowboys Disappoint Cowboys Nation in 2017?

2018 gets better by the day as the NFL takes another step closer to the regular season with the beginning of team voluntary workouts. The Dallas Cowboys have their first voluntary workout today at The Star.

Clarence Hill Jr. is reporting that Dallas Cowboys' restricted free agent Defensive Tackle David Irving has shown up for the first day of workouts.

Clarence Hill Jr on Twitter

Cowboys DT David Irving has yet to sign his rfa tender but he did show up for first day offseason program, per source, for those questioning his commitment

Irving who was second on the team in sacks for the Dallas Cowboys in 2018 with seven, while only playing in 8 games, hasn't yet signed his restricted free agent tender.

Todd Archer from ESPN is reporting that David Irving expects to sign his RFA tender after today's workout guaranteeing him the second round tender figure of $2.91 million for 2018.

Todd Archer on Twitter

David Irving is expected to sign his restricted free agent tender today after the first workouts of the Cowboys' offseason program. Irving, who had seven sacks in eight games last season, will make $2.91 million. He is scheduled to become an... https://t.co/2EcPJ71OOe

As someone with as much production as Irving has had in the last couple of years, it's a bit surprising that teams around the NFL haven't jumped on that kind of interior presence. Teams looking for a player of Irving's caliber can still extend an offer sheet for the defensive tackle's services, but would have to give Dallas their 2018 second round pick.

The Dallas Cowboys would have the option of matching any offer sheet that David Irving signs. Perhaps they've indicated their intention to do so, given Irving's presence at the first day of practice.

It was quite a gamble, as many around Cowboys Nation believed that a team would quickly exchange a second round pick for Irving, but no one has offered him a contract to sign him away from the Cowboys.

David Irving has received criticism for his consistency after the 2016 season, but really found a stride in 2017 until a concussion derailed him toward the end of the season.

It's a great sign for the Dallas Cowboys that he's shown up ready to work for the 2018 season. David Irving is absolutely an ascending player and the sky is the limit for this defense with him as a part of it.


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