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.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
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.
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!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper 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.
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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