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Ezekiel Elliott Learning Things Aren’t So Easy In NFL

Brian Martin



Cowboys Headlines - Ezekiel Elliott Learning Things Are Tougher In NFL

There aren't many things in life that come easy. Life is about change, whether it's your own personal situation or a certain circumstance that you find yourself in. It's how we handle those particular instances that end up defining us as individuals.

Trust me, I know all about how in one instant we think we have our lives all figured out, only to be swept off our feet to see our world flipped upside down by some life altering situation.

I have personally gone from an independent individual that was ready to take life by the horns, to becoming someone who is confined to a wheelchair dependent on others for the simplest everyday task.

I've rolled with the punches and done the best I can given my situation, and frankly I expect nothing less from everybody else.

Now, I'm not going to sit here and say that going from an able-bodied individual to a person confined to a wheelchair was the easiest of transitions to make, because I would be lying. It was a huge learning process that will probably never end, but that's just part of living. Right?

We've all had our different experiences with the learning process, and I think that is exactly what the Dallas Cowboys' rookie running back has been experiencing these first two weeks of the 2016 NFL season.

Cowboys Headlines - Ezekiel Elliott Learning Things Aren't So Easy In NFL

Sep 18, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) carries the ball as Washington Redskins linebacker Mason Foster (54) chases in the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Ezekiel Elliott has had enormous expectations placed on him to come in and take the Cowboys running game to new heights. Something Elliott has admittedly not shied away from.

Elliott has been mentioned as a favorite to win rookie of the year and quite possibly NFL MVP, but I think it's time we curb our expectations just a little bit.

Dallas Cowboys fans, Ezekiel Elliott could turn out to be everything we had hoped for, but I think if we have learned anything over these first two regular-season games, it's that Elliott may need time to adjust to the NFL.

I think we all expected Elliott to literally hit the ground running after witnessing what he was able to accomplish in college while playing at Ohio State.

Cowboys Draft - Are We Setting Zeke Up For Failure?

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Elliott was able to put together back to back 1,800+ rushing yard seasons in 2014 and 2015 and scored double digit rushing touchdowns both years. As a Buckeye, Elliott finished his collegiate career with 592 carries for 3,961 rushing yards and 43 rushing touchdowns.

The interesting thing though is that Ezekiel Elliott only had three fumbles in college. Okay, he had a fourth on a punt return, but I don't think that counts.

That's approximately only one fumble for every 200 rushing attempts. That's pretty impressive when you think about it.

So, it was surprising to see Elliott have ball security issues not once, but twice Sunday afternoon against the Washington Redskins. Two fumbles is almost as much is he had in his entire collegiate career.

Fortunately, this doesn't really seem to be a major concern going forward. Mostly because of Ezekiel Elliott's history of being able to hang on to the ball.

I think it's all part of the learning process.

Elliott will learn that defensive players in the NFL are going to do their best to pry the ball away on every single play. He will simply have to have better awareness going forward.

Elliott will also learn the intricacies of playing the running back position in the NFL. It may take a little longer than we may have liked, but it will happen.

So, I wouldn't worry too much about the fact that Ezekiel Elliott only has 134 rushing yards in two games. I know we all would've hoped that is what he would be averaging per game, but let's just let the process play out a little longer.

I mean, he has already shown improvement from Week 1 to Week 2. That's just a one week time span. Let's not forget he missed a lot of practice time and preseason due to injury.

I guess what I'm getting at, is Ezekiel Elliott has all the talent in the world to be a really good running back in the NFL, but he is still learning the intricacies of the position at this level.

Do you agree or disagree?

Please feel free to take advantage of the comment section below to voice your opinion. I would love to hear what you think.

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space

Sean Martin



Travis Frederick

Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.

Jane Slater on Twitter

C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed

Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.

Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.

Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.

With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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