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Is Ezekiel Elliott The “Right Kind Of Guy”?

Brian Martin

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If you're a fan of the Dallas Cowboys or a member of Cowboys Nation, then you know the meaning of the "right kind of guy" mantra. It all started when Jason Garrett took over as head coach of the Cowboys and has been echoed by nearly every member of the organization. But, due to recent events I've started wondering if Ezekiel Elliott is a "right kind of guy".

Ezekiel Elliott is without a doubt one of the best running backs in the entire NFL and seems to be well-liked by his teammates. But, that's the on the field stuff that has earned him the chance to play in the league. Unfortunately, it takes more than being talented and well-liked by your peers to have a lasting career in the NFL.

If Ezekiel Elliott isn't careful, he could be heading down a dangerous path that could lead to his career being shortened. Fortunately though, he really hasn't done anything illegal that would get him in trouble with the law, but that doesn't mean diddly squat to Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Goodell has the power to hand down suspensions even if an NFL player hasn't done anything technically illegal. That's the category Ezekiel Elliott finds himself in right now and why he could be looking at a suspension to start the 2017 season.

Ezekiel ElliottIf we are judging by recent events then Ezekiel Elliott doesn't fit into that "right kind of guy" mantra Jason Garrett has preached as a head coach. He believes players should be able to take care of their business on and off the field and that they are mature enough to do so. Unfortunately, Zeke's maturity is certainly questionable as things stand right now.

The Cowboys second-year RB has without a doubt found himself in some difficult situations since turning pro. In each instance the details are sketchy, but he's going to have to learn he is now a public figure and everything he does/says will be heavily scrutinized. Unfortunately, that's just the nature of the business.

Now, I still believe Ezekiel Elliott is the "right kind of guy" and the type of player the Dallas Cowboys try to build their roster around, but something is going to have to change. Fortunately for him though, he has several teammates who can help make sure he is going down the right path.

It sometimes just takes a little longer for professional athletes to figure things out. They go from a college athlete to a multi-million dollar professional player nearly overnight and that can sometimes be a huge adjustment. We're just going to have to hope #21 figures everything out sooner rather than later.

Do you think Ezekiel Elliott is the "right kind of guy"?



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11 Comments
  • Kevin Black

    RKG does NOT equal Boy Scout.

    They want RKGs on the field. Off they field they don’t really care as long as it doesn’t affect the team. Obviously suspensions hurt, but as long as Elliot isn’t a distraction in the locker room, then he’s an RKG.

    • Brian Martin

      I think the “right kind of guy” encompasses a lot more than just on the field production. They also want players that can keep their noses clean so that they are available to help the team when the time comes.

      • Kevin Black

        I disagree. Yes, you’d like theme to stay clean, but that’s not their RKG mantra. If it was, they would never have signed Hardy. They want people who live and breath football.

        I’m not saying it’s right. I’m just saying their RKG does not equal a Boy Scout. If you want that, then you would need them to change what RKG means because they have stated that it’s about football, not off the field.

    • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

      I agree with Brian on this. While Jerry is making excuses for Zeke (and Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory, Michael Irvin, etc.), why is it we never heard the same excuses being made for Dak, Emmitt, or Woody? I get that some players take longer to mature, but ultimately, each player is responsible for their own behavior.

      • Brian Martin

        Exactly! I think Zeke just needs to do a better job of putting himself in better situations. Maybe take on a mentor to help him figure things out. Perhaps one of his teammates like Jason Witten.

        • Kevin Black

          Another thing about this, since we are talking about 21 year olds, you are getting the most cocky people on the planet. The best football players in my HS were the guys who were the biggest asses and did the most ridiculous things, usually covered up by the coaches, school and parents. To be shocked that his behavior continues when they reach the NFL is naive. They’ve been coddled all their lives and have never learned the skills to be mature beyond their age.

          Again, not saying it’s right, but to complain about it and not address the realities of the situation is reporting only half the story.

          • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

            Again, how is it that Dak manages to stay out of trouble, but Zeke cannot?

            Emmitt and Woody were both 21 at one time in their lives, yet neither made the headlines like Zeke is doing. Everytime somebody makes excuses for Zeke, I wonder why they never had to say the same about Dak, Woody or Emmitt? Were those guys supermen? I don’t think so.

            They simply chose to follow the straight and narrow. And it IS a choice!

          • Kevin Black

            Easy. Dak matured early. His mother is a HUGE part of that. However, even in his childhood, he showed a maturity way beyond his years.

            Just be aware, Dak is the HUGE exception. Not the rule. Zeke is WAY closer to the norm.

          • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

            Yes, Dak is exceptional, but that doesn’t make him the exception.

            There are lots of guys on the Cowboys roster who manage to stay out of trouble. Is Tyron Smith the exception or the rule? La’el Collins? Kyle Wilber? Anthony Brown?

            I could on and on. MOST of the Cowboys stay out of trouble. That makes them the rule and Zeke the exception. But keep on making excuses for him, and you’ll keep getting the same results.

            I’m done, you may have the last word.

          • Kevin Black

            To be fair, even Dak had a DUI shortly before the draft. La’el Collins was involved in a situation, not of his creation but people will point out that some of them were his friends.

            These are coddled 21 year olds. I’m not saying it’s right, but the reality is they think they are invincible and until you prove them otherwise, this kind of situation will come up. The Cowboys aren’t the only team with this issue.

      • Kevin Black

        You might want this, but this is not what the Dallas Cowboys consider to be an RKG. Their RKG is someone who lives and breathes football.

        I’m not saying it’s right, I’m just stating what they have stated is an RKG for them.

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Will DeMarcus Lawrence Be Franchise Tagged Again in 2019?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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DeMarcus Lawrence, Franchise Tags and Realities for Dallas Cowboys
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The deadline for extending players under the franchise tag has come and gone last Monday, in a day in which none of the remaining tagged players reached an agreement with their respective teams. That includes Dallas Cowboy Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence, who's set to earn $17M in 2018.

The front office and the 26-year old defensive end failed to agree to a new contract before the season's start, but we saw that coming. After all, there was never a point in which we had the classic "X player and his team are close to a new deal" headline.

All of this makes the future of the Cowboys' promising "War Daddy" very uncertain. What lies a head of the player that put on an impressive show in 2018?

Since 2017 was Lawrence's breakout year, racking up 14.5 sacks trough the season, we have leaned towards the narrative of last season being his only good one. His performance last season was impressive and clearly his best one yet, but we tend to overlook 2015.

In his sophomore season, the only other year in which he has played 16 games, he finished the campaign with eight sacks and 35 tackles (55 combined). Really, the idea of 2017 being his only good year is not as accurate as we might think.

That being said, I think it's more likely that we see another great year from him this upcoming season than seeing a disappointing one. This, of course, will end up being the main thing that determines his future in Dallas.

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Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

The Dallas Cowboys front office really took a risk by tagging Lawrence this offseason. #90 was reportedly asking for an average of $17M per year in his long-term contract, which is Olivier Vernon kind of money.

So what if he puts a similar season or an even better one? Lawrence and his agent could end up asking for even more money. Perhaps in the 18 or 20 million dollars per year range. If that ends up being the case, the team will find itself in a tough position when trying to reach an agreement with its promising pass rusher.

Which leads us to the possibility of seeing the Cowboys franchise tagging Lawrence for the second consecutive season. Dallas will already be negotiating a contract extension with QB Dak Prescott, and things will get complicated. Even more if they decide to pursue a big-time free agent in March, such as Earl Thomas.

It would make sense, from a financial perspective, to hand the tag twice in consecutive years to D-Law. However, it shouldn't be the priority. If he plays like he did in 2017, the front office will be more than wise to extend him for good.

According to OverTheCap.com, the Cowboys will have approximately $50.6M. Seemingly, the team's cap woes will be over soon.

Fortunately, Lawrence didn't become a headache by threatening to holdout for offseason programs and even training camp. However, don't expect that to happen if he finds himself under the tag next year.

Careers in the NFL are short, so DeMarcus will surely want to get paid. If he keeps it up, he'll deserve it. As much as he deserves it, though, football is a cold business. If the Jones need to tag him, they will.

Do you think the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence in 2019?

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Without Looming Suspension, RB Ezekiel Elliott Should Shine In 2018

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NFL Films typically does a good job of exposing some truths around NFL teams. Whether through "Hard Knocks" or Amazon's new "All or Nothing" series, these documentaries do an excellent job of giving fans an inside look of their favorite teams.

If anything was revealed through the Cowboys' All or Nothing series on their 2017 season, it's that Ezekiel Elliott's suspension weighed heavy on his mind all year.

The Pro Bowl running back did not look, act, or play like himself while awaiting decision on his incoming suspension. And, once it was finally announced he would serve the six games, the entire team collapsed in Atlanta.

Despite the clear and detrimental effects Elliott's suspension had on the Cowboys' season, Zeke still put up more-than-respectable numbers; rushing for almost 1,000 yards and averaging a league leading 98.3 yards per game.

Now, Ezekiel Elliott enters a season with no doubts about his own availability. Scott Linehan gets to coach an offense that knows they will have their best player for the entire season barring major injury. And, Jason Garrett can lead his team without addressing questions about Elliott's future day in and day out.What Workload is Ezekiel Elliott Prepared for in 2018? 1

Of course, these effects aren't quantifiable. We can't sit here and say that without the pressure of court appearances and suspensions that Elliott will be worth "X" amount of more yards and "Y" more touchdowns.

But I do believe we can say, without question, that playing with a clear mind and without a looming suspension will breed the type of production we saw from Zeke his rookie year.

We can say that Elliott has had a weight lifted off his shoulders, and could be looking for revenge on a league he feels did him wrong.

And, for the Cowboys sake, I hope this is true. Because they are going to need Ezekiel Elliott to be even better than he ever has been if they hope to make a run at the Super Bowl in 2018.



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Cowboys en Español: El Regreso de Randy Gregory

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Randy Gregory, Eagles
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A sólo días de que los Dallas Cowboys aterricen en Oxnard, California para dar inicio a su training camp como todos los años, el equipo recibió excelentes noticias respecto a la selección de segunda ronda del 2015: Randy Gregory. Después de pasar todo el 2017 suspendido, el ala defensiva ha sido oficialmente reintegrado por la NFL.

Gregory, quien tuvo muchos problemas debido al uso de marihuana, ha pasado los últimos meses rehabilitándose para poder volver a vestir la estrella y volver al emparrillado. Los Cowboys, quienes siempre apoyaron a su joven jugador, sin duda estarán felices de verlo de vuelta en el equipo por motivos más allá que el football americano.

Sin duda alguna, antes de estar emocionados y felices por verlo en el campo intimidando a quarterbacks rivales, deberíamos estar alegres por el logro personal de Randy como un ser humano. Realmente hizo un esfuerzo consciente en un lugar en el que muchos se hubieran rendido y dejado sus sueños de ser parte de la NFL. Pero no lo hizo, y ahora, todos sus esfuerzos han valido la pena.

El siguiente paso en su lista por-hacer, es volver al campo y poco a poco, ganarse su puesto en el equipo y después, la titularidad. La última vez que vimos a Gregory en el campo, fue contra Philadelphia, en el final de temporada del 2016.

En este juego, Gregory mostró muchos destellos de lo que sería capaz de hacer semana tras semana en la liga y porque valió la pena nunca dejarlo ir, lo cual no hubiera tenido sentido hacer, dado que los Cowboys no les costaba nada (literalmente) mantenerlo en el equipo.

Sean Martin escribió un artículo recientemente en el que analiza este partido a fondo.

El potencial de Gregory es inmenso, suficiente incluso, para aventurarse a decir que se convertirá en el defensive end (ala defensiva) derecho antes de lo esperado. El reto más grande para el jugador de 25 años será regresar a una condición física óptima para la NFL.

Afortunadamente, a diferencia del 2016, Gregory no estará regresando a media temporada. Su llegada toma lugar justo a tiempo para el training camp, dándole tiempo para regresar a la forma en la que tiene que estar.

Una vez ahí, ¿qué tanto le tomará ganarse un rol más importante que el de Tyrone Crawford y Taco Charlton? A pesar de que prácticamente no lo hemos visto jugar en Dallas, sabemos el potencial que tiene para convertirse en un defensivo de suma importancia para los Cowboys.

Un año después de ver la mejor temporada en la carrera de DeMarcus Lawrence, los Cowboys tendrán el potencial de una estrella similar en el lado derecho de su línea defensiva. Gregory tiene una montaña que escalar para cumplir las expectativas de los aficionados, pero no será una sorpresa si lo logra.

Vaya, no olvidemos que si no fuera por sus problemas fuera del campo, hubiera sido seleccionado en el Top 10 del Draft del 2015. Tiene el potencial de conseguir diez sacks por temporada.

Con un poco de suerte, no nos equivocaremos en tenerle fe al jugador que ha tenido un gran viaje para llegar a este punto. El punto de ponerse el casco e ir a trabajar con su equipo.

Incluso si sólo llega a ser un jugador de rotación, sin duda será importante para el éxito del equipo. Entre DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving, Randy Gregory y el resto del talento que los Cowboys tienen en la línea defensiva, el equipo podría tener un frente de muy buena calidad.

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