The second year of Ezekiel Elliott's career didn't go as planned at all. The 2017 Dallas Cowboys struggled last season for many different reasons, including the fact that their superstar running back was suspended for four games.
Although it's not fair to put the blame of a wasted season exclusively on his absence, the Cowboys offense was definitely not the same without Zeke in the backfield. After all, he is indeed a game changer.
Despite every appeal filed by him and the NFLPA, he was unable to escape the punishment indicted by the NFL's infamous commissioner Roger Goodell. To say we didn't see it coming back then would be a complete lie, but it still came as painful news to digest.
It's impossible to know if Elliott did what he was accused of or not, and although we could speculate and discuss it for months, those four games will never come back. But at the end of the day, it's time to put that drama behind us.
Much love and thanks to Mr. Jones for standing behind me -- as he does for all of his players. Great appreciation. Time to move on and look forward to a great season in '18.
On Tuesday, Ezekiel Elliott took to Twitter to thank Jerry Jones for his support. It's well known that the Cowboys' front office supported Zeke throughout this "war" with the NFL. A war which also served as a "Jerry vs Roger" duel of sorts.
Earlier this week, Jerry Jones had to reimburse the NFL more than $2M in legal fees which stemmed from the Ezekiel Elliott case. If said power struggle between the Cowboys' owner and the NFL Commissioner will continue or not, we don't really know for sure. But that's another story.
As Ezekiel Elliott wrote in his tweet, it's time to move on and start thinking about the 2018 NFL season.
A season in which, one of the best players on this team's roster will be 100% focused on his job and will not be affected at all by outside noise. A year in which the Cowboys won't have to be concerned about their starting running back playing status.
Next season will be huge for Zeke. He fell short of the 1,000 yard mark in 2017 and one can only imagine he'll have the goal of putting up 2,000 in 2018. Elliott is among the NFL's finest running backs, along Le'Veon Bell and David Johnson.
This is a player who could very well end up being in the MVP conversation next season.
Ezekiel Elliott being suspended last year may have been unfair. But if we're looking at things from the bright side, last year's team probably wouldn't have gotten very far even if he had played. At least we're not concerned about him receiving the suspension in 2018, which would've probably been the case otherwise.
Now, it's time to wait and see what Ezekiel Elliott has in store for us in September.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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