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Ezekiel Elliott Learning Things Aren’t So Easy In NFL

Brian Martin

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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.

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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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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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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.

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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!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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.



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REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight

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Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford Kicked Off Thursday Flight

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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