The Cowboys modern triplets took the field for the first time together for OTAs, teasing Cowboys Nation of what lies ahead with a fully healthy Tony Romo, recovering Dez Bryant, and rookie Ezekiel Elliott.
While it wasn't a whole lot that they did on the field yesterday, the three players addressed the media in the locker room after practice.
All eyes were on the young Elliott, who absolutely made his Head Coach in Jason Garrett proud with some of these quotes that exemplified his personality as one of Jason's "right kind of guys" as well as a player deserving of the fourth overall pick.
Let's look at some of the quotes that stuck with me after the interview -
"It's definitely better to have competition in there. Competition makes you better."
When asked about Darren McFadden, who was getting the first crack at running back, Elliott touched on one of Garrett's fundamental principals when it comes to his leadership of the Dallas Cowboys.
Looking ahead to training camp, the Cowboys are going to have intense competition seemingly all over the football field. Each positional unit will have guys fighting for bigger roles, whether it's as a starter or as an active player on game day.
Whatever the case may be, this competition will only better prepare the Cowboys for 2016. Elliott appears to be embracing the competition that exists in the backfield between him and Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris, and Darius Jackson.
While the vast expectation is that Elliott will start the season as Dallas' premier backfield weapon, it would be foolish to count McFadden out just yet, as a veteran who resurrected his career in 2015 with the team.
In fact, Elliott had nothing but more praise for McFadden when asked about teammates who's work ethic has impressed him:
"In my own room, Darren McFadden, just the way he works out there. It showed me what I need to do and how I need to be ready."
Even if DMC isn't able to earn a lot of snaps for the Cowboys going forward, the team may keep him around simply for the veteran presence and experience he can bring to the running back room that Elliott hopes to dominate for years to come.
It will certainly be interesting to see how Scott Linehan and the offense handles both backs if they are practicing well through the summer, while also factoring Alfred Morris and Darius Jackson into the mix.
"With no pads on you could see the line open up holes. Seeing how they were able to get you to the second level without pads, it’s going to be crazy to see what they can do once they get the pads on."
Of course, no interview with Ezekiel Elliott will be complete this time of year without mention of the star-studded offensive line that will play in front of him. Even before the draft, Zeke was vocal about wanting to play for the Cowboys because of this very line.
It's certainly good to see that the young but ultra-talented unit was able to impress Zeke right away, opening up holes that we eagerly await to watch Elliott run through.
I think we all agree with Ezekiel here, hurry up padded football!
For now, it's great to see anything resembling Dallas Cowboys football on the field, and even better to see how perfect of a player the Cowboys may have landed in Ezekiel Elliott.
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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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