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    Ezekiel Elliott ‘Excited’ About Dallas Cowboys ‘Promise’ in 2019

    There's a lot to look forward to as the team gears up for training activities and minicamp. The 2019 look like a potential contender in the after making it to the of the before falling to the NFC representative by a score.

    The offseason additions the team has made in addition to the draft have many in excited about the Dallas Cowboys heading into the . That includes Ezekiel Elliott.

    I think the Cowboys are right to be optimistic about their team heading into the season. They had one of the top 10 defenses in the NFL and an offense that was trending in the right direction over the last half of 2018.

    On both the offensive and defensive side of the football the Dallas Cowboys have gotten better as a team.

    The offense sees the return of to the middle of the offensive line and though was good, he's no Travis Frederick. Frederick's return will improve communication along the offensive line and improve their run blocking up the middle; an area where the Cowboys struggled with consistency in 2018.

    Another veteran returning to the Cowboys for 2019 is Tight End . Though he's slowed down some at 38 years old, having his leadership and veteran presence on a team attempting to make a deep playoff run is very important. Witten's as steady a player as has been in the NFL and should still be able to make plays in the run and pass game.

    The additions of and give the Dallas Cowboys a more versatile group of players for new Offensive Coordinator to toy with. This versatility will allow them to keep teams off balance. With Randall Cobb, the Cowboys will be able to move around the formation in order to find favorable matchups in the . Tony Pollard gives the Cowboys a durable gadget option and big-play threat in the run and pass game. Pollard's ability as a returner could help the Cowboys get more favorable field position in 2019.

    Ezekiel Elliott himself stands to benefit a great deal from the additions and changes the Cowboys made to the offense. Pollard is an upgrade as a running back to , so the Cowboys can cut Ezekiel Elliott's workload a little and keep him fresh by expanding on the two series a game the staff used to give Smith.

    On defense, they added Robert Quinn to a that already boasts one All-Pro pass rusher in . , , and provide depth to an interior that struggled against the Rams in the playoffs and the during the regular season. The defensive line.

    In addition to all that, the Cowboys will get to see what kind of progress their 2018 rookie standouts make in year two.

    Leighton Vander Esch was a second-team All-Pro in 2018 and should have won defensive rookie of the year with his play. looks to have gained the necessary size and strength to play left guard in the NFL. A second offseason at guard should help him to improve at his new position. Michael Gallup was a revelation in the of the draft last year. After slowly being worked into the lineup over the first half of the season, he emerged as the Dallas Cowboys second .

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    The NFC East and the NFC is a tough place to play. Every year, it's an uphill climb to win enough games to win the division or make the playoffs, but the Cowboys have put themselves in a fantastic position to do just that. Though no team has been a repeat winner of the NFC East since the early 2000s, the Dallas Cowboys have built a team that will be able to compete with any team in the NFL.

    From the roster to the , the Dallas Cowboys have built a squad that should get anyone excited. Are there questions as the team heads to training camp? Of course. But every team has questions at one position or another. The Cowboys have done an excellent job to minimize those questions through and the draft and have one of the best teams in the NFL on paper.

    The excitement that Ezekiel Elliott feels is warranted. The Dallas Cowboys do have a lot of promise as we look ahead. Now as they get ready to start ramping up practices, it's time for Elliott and the rest of the team to go prove it.

    And I have a feeling they'll live up to that “promise.”

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    John Williams
    John Williamshttps://anchor.fm/inside-the-cowboys
    Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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