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Cowboys Sophomores: WR Lucky Whitehead

When you look at the projected starters for the 2016 Dallas Cowboys on offense, it is difficult to look past QB Tony Romo, WR Dez Bryant, and now rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott. For Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan, these are the three players that will most closely determine the success of the Dallas offense. However, a healthy passing duo of Romo and Bryant combined with the rushing attack Elliott will provide certainly opens up opportunities for other players to thrive against unsuspecting defenses. Perhaps no player on the roster fits this role better than Lucky Whitehead at the moment. Signed as an undrafted free agent entering 2015, Whitehead found his role by contributing mostly as a kickoff return specialist early in the year.

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When you look at the projected starters for the 2016 Dallas Cowboys on offense, it is difficult to look past QB Tony Romo, WR Dez Bryant, and now rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott.

For Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan, these are the three players that will most closely determine the success of the Dallas offense. However, a healthy passing duo of Romo and Bryant combined with the rushing attack Elliott will provide certainly opens up opportunities for other players to thrive against unsuspecting defenses.

Perhaps no player on the roster fits this role better than Lucky Whitehead at the moment. Signed as an undrafted free agent entering 2015, Whitehead found his role by contributing mostly as a kickoff return specialist early in the year. As the offense continued to struggle to move the ball consistently without Tony Romo, Whitehead was used more as a runner and a receiver.

The elusive and shifty Whitehead also began returning punts for the Cowboys, earning the trust of the coaches to gamble on his upside in place of less-than-perfect ball security.

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Now entering his second season, Lucky can hope to make the same special teams contributions as he did in 2015 while also getting more work in the offense.

The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to utilizing Lucky Whitehead in the Cowboys offense. With Tony Romo back on the field, defenses are already going to be hesitant about stacking the box against Ezekiel Elliott. While the Cowboys offensive line springs Elliott to the second level of the defense easily on a consistent basis, it opens up outside and misdirection running plays for Whitehead - who can capture the edge against the fastest of defenders.

If defenses do decide to sell-out against stopping Elliott, we already know what Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are capable of. Terrance Williams, Brice Butler, Cole Beasley, and Jason Witten are all also established targets for Romo to get the ball to. Lucky has a chance to also be one of these targets on shorter routes, offering a release against blitzes that teams will try to throw at Romo. This was a role that Lance Dunbar played early in the 2015 season before being lost for the year, and is now one that Whitehead can hopefully take hold of before Dunbar is available to return.

At its absolute full potential, the 2016 Dallas Cowboys offense is going to be one of the most fun units in the entire league to take in on Sundays. While Cowboys Nation awaits what's in store for us from Romo, Bryant, and Elliott, you should also keep an eye on players like Lucky Whitehead - who can completely change a game with one explosive play.

What are you expecting from Lucky Whitehead in 2016? Comment below to start the conversation!

"Cowboys Sophomores" is an ongoing series that will look at second-year players and their roles for the 2016 Dallas Cowboys. For yesterday's article on defensive end Ryan Russell, click here

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Sophomores: WR Lucky Whitehead" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Will Cowboys Bring Back Anyone From Injured Reserve After Week 8?

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Report: Cowboys G Connor McGovern Suffers Setback Recovering From Torn Pectoral Muscle

After thoroughly dominating the Philadelphia Eagles and claiming sole possession of the NFC East, the Dallas Cowboys are officially on their bye week. It couldn't possibly come at a better time. Not only are there several players who need to get healthy, but it's the perfect time to reassess what's gone right and wrong thus far for them in 2019.

During the week off the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff is going to be really busy. They need to reevaluate just about everything, which includes the current roster as it stands right now. Why? Well, not only is the trade deadline approaching quickly, but teams can also bring back players who have been on injured reserve after Week 8.

Per NFL rules, teams can bring back a total of two players who have spent the first eight weeks of the season on injured reserve. The Dallas Cowboys have designated players to return from IR in the past, but will they do so again this season?

When thinking about who the Cowboys might bring back from IR two names immediately popped into my head, Wide Receiver Noah Brown and Offensive Guard Connor McGovern. After doing a little research though I discovered Noah Brown doesn't qualify because he's on the Physically Unable to Perform List (PUP), not IR. Let's talk a little about him before we discuss McGovern's 2019 fate.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown

Even though Noah Brown can't be designated to return from IR, the Dallas Cowboys still have to make a decision on his 2019 future pretty quickly as well. You see, players on the PUP list have until November 4 to start practicing and then the Cowboys would have three weeks to either activate or shut him down for the season.


Unfortunately, as recently as last week reports indicated Noah Brown isn't ready to practice due to a lingering knee injury. That doesn't bode well for him suiting up this season, meaning we could see him placed on IR at some point in the next few weeks.

That leaves Connor McGovern as the Dallas Cowboys most logical option to be designated to return from IR. With the Cowboys current offensive line depth on the roster right now it doesn't make much sense for them to add McGovern to the active roster, but the trade deadline could change all of that.

The Dallas Cowboys currently have three offensive lineman in the last year of their contracts (Joe Looney, Xavier Su'a Filo, and Adam Redmond). The Cowboys would surely take a call from any team showing an interest in trading for any one of the three, especially if they believe Connor McGovern is ready to step in as a replacement.

Personally, I have a hard time seeing the Dallas Cowboys make such a move. I think they will keep McGovern on IR and allow this to be a redshirt year of sorts for him. Of course, that could all change if the Cowboys become sellers before the trade deadline.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys bring back anybody from injured reserve?


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Ezekiel Elliott Continues to Haunt Eagles, has Best Game of the Season

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Ezekiel Elliott Continues to Haunt Eagles, has Best Game of the Season

The Dallas Cowboys came into their Week 7 matchup with the arch-rival Philadelphia Eagles on a three-game losing streak and were searching desperately for answers. With first place in the NFC East on the line, it was important for the Cowboys to set a tone and send a message at home in order to avoid going into their bye week with a fourth straight loss. That tone was set by the defense in the first quarter as they forced turnovers on the first two possessions of the game. Conversely, All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott led the offensive attack and continued the dominance he's had over the Eagles throughout his career.

After jumping out to a quick 7-0 lead following a fumble on the Eagle's first possession, the Cowboys made it a two-score game in a matter of seconds. In the video below, Elliott appears to score from 14 yards out but would be ruled down inside the one. What's important to notice is how he sought out Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins and ran him over. Complete "Bully Ball" tactic here and it again sent a message and establish a tone for this game. Elliott would score on the very next play to give the Cowboys a 14-0 lead.

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Elliott had 65 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown as well as 25 yards on four receptions the first half. The Cowboys led 27-7 heading into the third quarter.

The second half saw more of the same as Elliott had 11 touches (9 carries, 2 receptions) for 57 all-purpose yards. In all, Elliott finished with 147 all-purpose yards (111 rushing, 36 receiving) as he spearheaded the Cowboys to a 37-10 beatdown of their most hated division rival.

This game was a continuation of what Elliott has done to the Eagles his entire career. His lowest rushing total against Philadelphia is 96 yards which came in his first-ever game in this historic rivalry back in 2016 as a rookie. He's rushed for least 103 yards every game since and averages 163 all-purpose yards every time he plays Philadelphia. Most importantly, the Cowboys are a perfect 5-0 with Elliott against the Eagles. The only games the Eagles have won against the Cowboys since Elliott came into the NFL was the 2016 season finale and the first of their two matchups in 2017, games Elliott did not play in. Needless to say, Elliott has a big appetite for Eagle meat.


This game also saw Elliott reach another milestone in his short but stellar career. He joined Le'Veon Bell and Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson as the second-fastest players (47 games) to reach 6,000 yards from scrimmage behind Edgerrin James (44 games) in NFL history. Now that's an elite group to be a part of.

The importance of this game was obvious for the Cowboys coming off at three consecutive losses and facing a heated rival for first place. Elliott spoke post-game about how critical this win was:

"This team needed this, especially in the fashion we did it," Elliott said. "Get some momentum for the season and before this bye week so we can close the season out."

Everything you would want to see from Elliott was on display against the Eagles. The speed, power, elusiveness, and ability to make plays in the passing game were all front and center in this game. From an overall standpoint, this was definitely his best performance of the 2019 season.

Now, the Cowboys head into the bye week in first place in the NFC East and regardless of next week's results, they will still be on top when they face the New York Giants on the road on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys will look to remain undefeated in division play and keep pace with the other NFC powerhouses once they return to action.


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Where Does Ezekiel Elliott Stand in the 2019 Rushing Title Race?

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Where Does Ezekiel Elliott Stand in the 2019 Rushing Title Race?

The Dallas Cowboys finally looked like the team we've all expected them to be against the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday. They played a complete-game and absolutely dominated on both offense and defense. This is the kind of performance they needed heading into the bye week.

As stoked I am by the way the Dallas Cowboys played Sunday night against a divisional opponent, I was even more ecstatic to see Running Back Ezekiel Elliott look like the playmaker he has in the past. He showed excellent vision, speed, and burst, something I really haven't seen him do up to this point of the season.

I know quite a few of you may disagree with me, but No. 21 hasn't really looke2 like himself at any point this season. He did however look like the Zeke of old on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. It good to see and it actually started me wondering where he currently stood in the 2019 rushing title race?

Let's take a look…


Rk Player Att Att/G Yds Avg Yds/G TD
1 Dalvin Cook 133 19.0 725 5.5 103.6 8
2 Leonard Fournette 144 20.6 715 5.0 102.1 1
3 Christian McCaffrey 127 21.2 618 4.9 103.0 7
4 Nick Chubb 114 19.0 607 5.3 101.2 6
5 Ezekiel Elliott 135 19.3 602 4.5 86.0 6

I don't know exactly what I expected, but I was little surprised to see Zeke currently sitting at number five amongst the NFL's leading rushers. I don't know if I was expecting him to be a little higher or lower, but he currently finds himself within striking distance to claim his third rushing title in four years.

Ezekiel Elliott is only 123 rushing yards behind Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook right now. Unfortunately, that number will only increase in Week 8 with the Dallas Cowboys on their bye week. But, it could all even out since only Nick Chubb is the only RB ahead of Zeke whose team has also had their bye week. And with half of the season left there is still plenty of time to close the gap.

Ezekiel Elliott may be down right now, but he's definitely not out. He's going to play a huge role in the offensive game plan for the rest of the season and should be able to put himself into contention of earning his third rushing title in four years. But, it won't be easy. The Cowboys schedule only gets tougher from here on out.

What do you think? Will Ezekiel Elliott be the leading rusher in 2019?


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