The NFL and its fans know what the Dallas Cowboys are all about: feeding Ezekiel Elliott. The whole NFL watching world knows what the Dallas Cowboys want to get going when they take the field for their first offensive series.
Establish the running game so they can have better efficiency when throwing the football. Everything that they do keys off of the running game.
Jane Slater from NFL.com is reporting that Ezekiel Elliott has stated that he's ready to take on whatever workload the Dallas Cowboys have for him. Even if that means 30-35 carries a game.
He says he is young, has fresh legs and if they want him to carry the ball 30-35 times he'll take it. #Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott talks with us ahead of Week 1 at Carolina. Elliott also talks about the notion of defenses loading the box against them. https://t.co/J9kojrkpT3
Aside from Elliott's workload, there's been a lot of talk this offseason about the offseason departures of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten and how that might affect the running game. Those were two vital components to the Dallas Cowboys passing game for much of the last decade. Most people assume that the Dallas Cowboys passing game is going to drop off a bit because of their absence and by extension the running game as well.
As Ezekiel Elliott mentions, the absences of Witten and Bryant don't change opposing defenses approach to stopping the Dallas Cowboys.
Since the Dallas Cowboys ran the ball down the throats of opposing defenses in 2014 en route to winning 12 games, the NFL knows what the Dallas Cowboys are all about.
Running the football.
Especially while sharing the backfield with a young quarterback, Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line has been forced to run against eight and nine man boxes with regularity. It hasn't slowed them down.
In 2016 with a rookie quarterback in Dak Prescott, the Dallas Cowboys were second in the NFL in rushing.
Despite down seasons from Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and Cole Beasley, the Dallas Cowboys were second in the NFL in rushing again in 2017. The Dallas Cowboys were second in the league despite missing Tyron Smith for three games and Ezekiel Elliott for six games.
For his career, Elliott has averaged 22.6 carries per game over the 25 games he's played in his first two seasons. There's been no signs of fading in games in which he's had big workloads. There seems to be an ability to take on more than what the Dallas Cowboys have given him thus far.
In his career he's only gone over 30 carries twice and received 25 carries in eight of his 25 games. The Dallas Cowboys coaching staff seems reluctant to overload him. Elliott doesn't seem too concerned if the coaching staff flips the script and begins relying on him for 30 carries a game more often.
Could week one versus the Panthers see a change in how the Dallas Cowboys work Ezekiel Elliott? It's possible, but I bet he stays around his 20-25 carries per game, which has been more common for him in his career.
Ezekiel Elliott has a great shot at leading the league in rushing in 2018 and if he begins to approach 30 carries a game on a regular basis, he may be able to break Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record.
Elliott is certainly going to get a lot of carries, but game script and situation will determine just how many carries Elliott gets this Sunday. For Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys their run to the playoffs and hopefully a sixth Super Bowl Trophy starts Sunday.
Cowboys WR Terrance Williams Facing Multi-Game Suspension
An arrest last May for public intoxication may finally result in a suspension for Dallas Cowboys Receiver Terrance Williams.
David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, who reported the pending suspension, outlined the details of Williams' case. Charges were ultimately dropped once Terrance completed an alcohol education course and paid damages to the city.
Sources: Cowboys WR Terrance Williams faces suspension stemming from May arrest for public intoxication https://t.co/3RmwQOllim via @sportsdaydfw
However, as Cowboys fans know too well, the NFL reserves the right to suspend players under the Personal Conduct Policy regardless of legal outcomes. The 2017 season was marred by the league's persecution of Ezekiel Elliott for domestic violence despite no arrests or charges coming from any legal or police entity.
In Williams' case, there's no dispute of his guilt. It is unlikely he will appeal any decision the NFL makes.
The potential that Terrance will be missing for 2-4 games helps explain the Cowboys' move earlier this week to bring back WR Brice Butler. With both currently active, Dallas has an unusually high seven receivers on their 53-man roster.
It's already Friday, so the suspension is doubtful to come for this week's game in Seattle. But Terrance could easily be one of the seven inactive players on game day, having received the fewest snaps of any Cowboys WR last week against the Giants.
We'll see soon enough, likely as soon as next week, just what the league has in store for Terrance Williams.
Report: Dallas Cowboys to Sign Free Agent Wide Receiver Brice Butler
The Dallas Cowboys look to be making a move at the wide receiver position as they attempt to bring some life to the position. No they aren't trading for Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon, but bringing back former Wide Receiver Brice Butler.
According to a report from Saad Yousuf from The Athletic, the Dallas Cowboys are set to resign the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver but first have to release someone from the 53-man roster.
Cowboys officials are in the process of signing wide receiver Brice Butler, multiple sources tell @TheAthleticDFW. The team has to make a roster move to bring Butler onto the 53 and is trying to decide whom to release to make room for Butler before a final decision is made.
Brice Butler was signed in the offseason by the Arizona Cardinals but was released after training camp. It was a surprising move for the Cardinals. They don't have a ton of wide receiver depth aside from future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald.
Butler's caught 73 passes on 133 targets for 1,177 yards and eight touchdowns in his five career. In 36 games with the Dallas Cowboys Brice Butler caught 43 passes on 81 targets for 794 yards and six touchdowns. In his time in Dallas, he averaged 18.5 yards per reception.
He never really got a lot of playing time with the Dallas Cowboys who had Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten on the team for the duration of his time in Dallas. The Cowboys coaching staff placed a higher premium on Terrance Williams' run blocking than Butler's big play ability.
To the coaching staff's credit, Butler was never a consistent enough player to be relied upon week in and week out. In 2017, his last season in Dallas, Brice Butler was never targeted more than three times a game and he never caught more than two passes a game. Butler, however, only played 24.51% of the Dallas Cowboys' offensive snaps in 2017.
If the Dallas Cowboys do make this move it's at a curious time. Sources tell 247 Sports' Mike Fisher that the Dallas Cowboys have zero interest at the moment in Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon. You'd think their lack of interest would be because they still like the wide receiver room as it is.
If they do complete the signing of Brice Butler, you'd have to expect that Deonte Thompson would be the wide receiver on the chopping block. They cut him at the end of the preseason and then brought him back during week one.
This signing is unlikely to have an impact on the Dallas Cowboys week two matchup with the New York Giants, but will probably be completed early Monday to get Butler to Frisco to begin preparing for their week three matchup.
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I don't think this is a move that makes a lot of sense for the Dallas Cowboys. They've been down that road before and haven't received the results they wanted. Brice Butler does offer some big play ability, but it was thought that is why they brought in Deonte Thompson and Tavon Austin. Is it possible the Dallas Cowboys are already down on those two players after one game? They wouldn't be bringing Butler back if they didn't have plans for him.
Good or bad, do you think bringing Brice Butler back is the right move for the Dallas Cowboys?
Cowboys, 49ers Are WR Josh Gordon’s Preferred Teams in Trade/Free Agency
It's Sunday morning and the Cleveland Browns are expected to make a questionable decision by tomorrow, which is far from news for a Dallas Cowboys team waiting around for a crucial Sunday Night Football home game tonight. With Cleveland expected to part ways with troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon though, the Cowboys have understandably been linked to Gordon, even more so now with the talented pass catcher stating his own interest in America's Team.
As teams discuss potentially trading for outgoing #Browns WR Josh Gordon, I'm told he's got his eye on two in particular: The #Cowboys and the #49ers.
Before looking into this any further, it's necessary to point out an all-important missing detail. Without any reports of the Cowboys own interest in Gordon, the soon-to-be free agent is simply the latest player to say he'd like to play for the Cowboys - hardly anything new for the Jones.
The Cowboys need for a player like Gordon has never been more evident though. Heavily criticized throughout the offseason for how they handled their wide receivers, the Cowboys passing game was a non-factor in the team's 16-8 week one loss.
Signing or trading for Gordon could do little to fix this, but the risk may also prove worthwhile for Dallas. The Baylor Bears product did put up 1,646 yards in 2013 with minimal talent around him, and has a career 17.3 yards per reception.
His ability to take the top off a defense is something the Cowboys are sorely missing. What they won't miss from not acquiring Gordon is the off-field trouble, taking on a player that missed all of 2015 and 2016 due to suspension.
Last season, Gordon was reinstated for the Browns final five games.
The NFL is, at least cautiously, easing their policy on players suspended for marijuana usage. Look no further than the Cowboys own Randy Gregory to prove this, as Gregory has already become a success story for the league by being with the Cowboys this season.
Whether or not Gregory plays on Sunday night (officially listed as DOUBTFUL) after suffering a concussion in his long-awaited return last week is yet to be determined. So too is Josh Gordon's future as the latest player on his way out of Cleveland.
From @gmfb Weekend: The #Browns plan to release Josh Gordon after he showed up late, injured his hamstring during a photo shoot, and in general completely lost their trust. https://t.co/cX2HGZPBXi
I'm of the belief that Gordon won't last long on the open market, meaning this won't be the latest Cowboys story/non-story to drag through the presses. Any fan looking to pass time between now and kickoff against the Giants could probably find me saying the same about free agent WR Dez Bryant however.
Thanks to Bryant still being a free agent along with former Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, the team has looked smarter than expected in the long-term on moves like these.
If there's a smart way to bring on Josh Gordon, Dallas should be considering that too.
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