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Is Ezekiel Elliott The “Right Kind Of Guy”?

Brian Martin



Ezekiel Elliott

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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  • 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.

    • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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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Xavier Woods, the Real Reason Cowboys Didn’t Pursue Tyrann Mathieu?

Brian Martin



Cowboys Have Their Version of Tryann Mathieu in Xavier Woods?

It's not uncommon for Dallas Cowboys fans to zero in on certain free agents in hopes that they will bring their talents to America's Team. In fact, just about any "big name" player to hit the open market is often linked to the Cowboys in some way or another. That was the case when the Arizona Cardinals decided to move on from Tyrann Mathieu.

Once Tyrann Mathieu became available, Cowboys fans immediately wanted to see him with a star on his helmet. But, despite the fans petitioning, the Cowboys brass seemed to show almost zero interest in the former Cardinal.

The decision to not pursue Tyrann Mathieu certainly didn't sit well with a lot of Cowboys Nation, but I think it was the right decision.

Despite Mathieu's perceived talents and youth (he's just 25), the Cowboys weren't interested in paying the price to bring him to Dallas, especially since they already have a similar player on their roster.

Xavier Woods

Dallas Cowboys DB Xavier Woods

It may sound crazy, but I think the real reason the Dallas Cowboys didn't show much interest in Tyrann Mathieu is because of Xavier Woods.

I honestly believe Xavier Woods and Tyrann Mathieu have a similar skill set. Both players are little undersized to be a full-time safety in the NFL, but each of them have the versatility to play several different roles in the secondary.

Mathieu may have been listed as a safety on the Arizona Cardinals roster, and now the Houston Texans, but the truth is he played mostly out of the nickel/slot in his professional and collegiate career. That is where he is at his best, and the same can be said about Xavier Woods.

As a rookie, Xavier Woods showed his versatility with the Dallas Cowboys by playing a variety of different roles in the secondary. His versatility was one of the reasons the Cowboys decided to trade up in last year's draft to acquire his services.

His name might not carry the same kind of weight as Tyrann Mathieu right now around the league or amongst NFL fans, but I don't think Xavier Woods is that much of a drop off talent wise.

Xavier Woods

Dallas Cowboys DB Xavier Woods (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Personally, I believe Mathieu is starting to decline a little as a player. I think injuries are starting to take a toll on his play, although it may be minimal. I actually prefer Xavier Woods' upside, especially when you take into account the difference in salaries between the two.

Surprisingly enough, Xavier Woods might just have been more productive in 2017 then Mathieu. Woods started just four games and finished the season with 42 tackles, three passes defensed, and one interception. Mathieu on the other hand started all 16 games and accumulated 78 tackles, one quarterback sack, one forced fumble, and two interceptions.

As you can see, Xavier Woods was almost just as productive as Mathieu in nearly a third of the playing time. What's even more impressive about this is that Woods accomplish this as a rookie.

Of course, all of this is speculation, but I for one am not all that upset the Dallas Cowboys missed out on Tyrann Mathieu. I'm willing to bet on Xavier Woods being able to do everything Mathieu can and at a fraction of the cost.

Were the Cowboys right not to pursue Tyrann Mathieu?

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Free Agent CB Orlando Scandrick Joining Washington Redskins

Jess Haynie



Orlando Scandrick

Just two days after being released by the Dallas Cowboys, cornerback Orlando Scandrick has found a new home in the nation's capitol. After 10 seasons in Dallas, Scandrick is signing with the rival Washington Redskins.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Redskins and Orlando Scandrick have agreed to a 2-year deal worth a max value of $10M, source said. From Dallas to a rival.

By joining Washington after leaving Dallas, Scandrick follows in the footsteps of many ex-Cowboys: Terrell McClain, Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen, and even Deion Sanders to name a few.

Last week, Orlando reportedly requested his release from Dallas. It was widely expected that he would be a salary cap casualty anyway, though, and especially with the young stockpile of cornerbacks the Cowboys currently have.

Dallas has three young corners they believe in with Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown. There is also talk that Byron Jones could be moving back to CB next year.

Scandrick, 31, will get to stay in the NFC East and now cover some of his former teammates. Give the reportedly salary, he should at least be the slot corner for Washington next year if not a starter.

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Upgrading the Offensive Line Cowboys Top Offseason Priority?

Brian Martin



Upgrading Offensive Line Cowboys Top Offseason Priority?

Despite the displeasure by the majority of fans, the Dallas Cowboys continue to hold things close to the vest with their approach to free agency. It's definitely not the most popular approach and tends to drive fans crazy, but things could start heating up now that the free-agent market is starting to settle.

Looking from the outside in, we can only speculate as to which positions the Dallas Cowboys may prioritize in free agency and in the draft that matter. Earl Thomas and the safety position has been the most popular topic of discussion throughout the free agency process, but it looks as if the Cowboys are narrowing their focus on upgrading and adding depth to their offensive line.

Marcus Martin

Free-agent C/OG Marcus Martin

This is just speculation of course, but it's based on the fact that the Cowboys are rumored to be bringing in free-agent offensive lineman Marcus Martin and Cameron Fleming. And on top of that, it was announced that two of the Dallas Cowboys 30 pre-draft visitors are also offensive lineman, Will Hernandez, who is popular among Cowboys fans already, and offensive tackle Kolton Miller.

I don't know about you, but it looks as if the Dallas Cowboys are certainly focused in on upgrading the offensive line. This absolutely makes sense after what they went through last season with the carousel at the left guard position and Tyron Smith's struggles to stay healthy.

More than anything, the Cowboys need OL depth heading into the 2018 season. There is only really one spot up for grabs at left guard, but the depth across the OL is absolutely depleted unless you want to rely on Chaz Green again.

This is where Marcus Martin and Cameron Fleming make a lot of sense. Marcus Martin has the versatility to play center and guard, and has done so already in his NFL career. He could compete for the starting LG position, but if nothing else, could replace Joe Looney as the backup C/OG.

Cameron Fleming could be the more important of the two free agents the Cowboys are rumored to be interested in. At the worst, Fleming would be an upgrade as the swing tackle, something he's done with the New England Patriots throughout his career. But, he could compete to become the starting right tackle, which would kick La'el Collins back inside to left guard.

That's all speculation right now, but the Dallas Cowboys would do what's best for the entire team in order to get the right starting five offensive lineman on the field.

Kolton Miller

Cowboys Rookie prospect OT Kolton Miller

The same can be said about rookies Will Hernandez and Kolton Miller. Hernandez would likely be a plug-and-play left guard if he ended up being the Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick. That would keep the offensive line from shuffling and hopefully solidify the unit for years to come.

Kolton Miller on the other hand would be a lot like the Cameron Fleming situation mentioned above. He can probably tackle on the left or right side the NFL, although some draft analysts believe he will struggle as a LT at the next level.

Of course, there is no way of knowing how much interest the Dallas Cowboys have any of these players right now. But to me, it looks as if upgrading the offensive line is certainly one of their top priorities this offseason.

Is upgrading the OL the Dallas Cowboys top offseason priority?

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