Through seven career games, Ezekiel Elliott leads the NFL in rushing at 799 yards. The remaining backs in the top five have played one more game than Elliott and still he leads them all. DeMarco Murray, David Johnson, Lamar Miller, and LeGarrette Blount have all manned their team's backfield eight games, compared to Zeke's seven.
Drafting the 21-year old at #4 overall to run behind one of the youngest and most talented offensive lines in football has worked out exactly as planned. It worked so well that Ezekiel Elliott is already drawing comparisons to the greatest RB in the history of the NFL; Emmitt Smith rushed for 17,162 yards in silver and blue, from 1990-2002.
In his career against the Eagles, a long-hated division rival, Smith accrued 2,466 yards in 26 meetings, both numbers securely lead in the Hall of Fame for running back against a single team.
In his first meeting against the Eagles on Sunday night, Zeke Elliott went for just 96 yards, his first game under the century mark since week 2 in Washington. Even still, Elliott has caught the attention of former Philadelphia linebacker Seth Joyner, who already thinks he is better than Smith.
Former Eagles linebacker Seth Joyner says Ezekiel Elliott is better than No. 22. (via @SportsRadioWIP)
When the "once every few generations" talent of Ezekiel Elliott was added to the Cowboys' offense, fans everywhere thought back to Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin; the Triplets.
I took this a step further back in July, using Smith's rookie season (1990) translated to the NFL of 2015 in order to project Elliott's potential in 2016. You can read the full article right here, 2016 Triplets: Setting Expectations for Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Ezekiel Elliott. The article also includes similar projections for Dez Bryant and Tony Romo.
If you're short on time, though, I projected Elliott would gain 1,327 yards on the ground this season and score 12 touchdowns. At his current average of 114 yards per game, Zeke is on pace for 1,027 in the remaining nine regular season games. That's on top of the 799 yards he already has through the first seven.
Ezekiel Elliott is on track for 1,826 yards as rookie in the National Football League. The rookie rushing record is 1,808. Emmitt Smith ran for 937 yards his rookie season.
Seth Joyner might just be onto something... Putting things in perspective shows just how truly special Ezekiel Elliott has been.
Emmitt Smith himself even projected Elliott's career to be special, just as soon as he received his jersey on the NFL Draft stage. And don't forget, Elliott's #21 jersey is already calling the Hall of Fame home.
@jfo1229a he's better
There's no better running back in the NFL. Right now, Ezekiel Elliott is it, and the league is taking notice of this star-studded rookie.
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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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