Quickly, how many total rushing touchdowns did the Dallas Cowboys have in 2015?
Did you know that it was just eight?
Joseph Randle accumulated four rushing touchdowns before he was ultimately cut. Darren McFadden may have run for over 1000 rushing yards, but only found the end zone three times. Robert Turbin in his short time with the team finished with one touchdown.
That is completely unacceptable for a team that wants to be dominant in the running game in order to open up the passing game and control the clock. That is the blueprint they used in 2014 that worked so well for them. It helped them go 8-0 on the road and also helped them finish with a 12-4 winning record.
Fortunately, for the Dallas Cowboys and us fans, the rushing game should be much better in 2016 with Ezekiel Elliott handling the majority of the carries. He is a much better fit for the zone blocking scheme that the team uses and should be able to be an immediate impact player as a rookie.
Honestly, I think Elliott could possibly score more rushing touchdowns in the first half of the season than the entire team scored in 2015. Elliott will more than likely get the majority of the short yardage/goal line opportunities.
In fact, Elliott found pay dirt 23 times last season as a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes. The previous season he found the end zone 18 times, so he's no stranger to scoring touchdowns.
Thanks to Twitter we may just have gotten the first look at Elliot's touchdown celebration.
Via @BleacherReport, is this going to be Zeke's touchdown celebration? #CowboysNation https://t.co/Qu0xj3BSe4
No disrespect to Elliott, but I think his touchdown celebration needs a little work.
Where is the enthusiasm? Where is the showmanship?
Of course, it really just looks like he has kind of goofing off, but it will be really interesting to see his go to touchdown celebration once the season kicks off. I'm sure once he's in a game situation and finds himself in the end zone he will be full of enthusiasm and showmanship, and that his touchdown celebration will feed off of those emotions.
Hopefully, it is a celebration that will see early and often, especially considering the fact that we know that the Cowboys plan on putting an emphasis on the running game once again like they did back in 2014.
Then again, Elliott never really was much on celebrating after scoring a touchdown in college. He usually just tossed the ball to an official or celebrated with his teammates. So, all this talk about his touchdown celebration may mean next to nothing.
I may be a little old school, but I think I actually prefer him giving the ball to an official. Often times, I find the way some players celebrate after making a sack or scoring a touchdown somewhat unsportsmanlike. I just think it takes a little bit away from the game, but that could just be me.
So, what your thoughts on Elliot's touchdown celebration? Do you like it or do you think he needs to come up with something else?
Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason
Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.
The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.
"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."
The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.
However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.
Report: Cowboys Agree To Contract Extension With LB Jaylon Smith
The Cowboys are neck-deep in contract negotiations with some of their team's most important players, but it appears they have gotten one key guy signed this afternoon.
ESPN's Todd Archer is reporting that the Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with middle linebacker Jaylon Smith, though the exact terms of the contract have yet to be announced.
The Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to sources. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys and his representatives started talks in the spring and they ramped up once camp began. Smith, a...
Of course, the Cowboys drafted Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft despite the horrific leg injury he suffered in Notre Dame's college bowl game. Some didn't think Smith would ever recover to be the same player he once was, but in 2018 Smith emerged as an excellent middle linebacker once again. Smith finished the 2018 season with 121 combined tackles and 4 sacks, and has looked just as imposing thus far in the preseason.
Smith regained his athleticism and sideline to sideline speed, while retaining his impressive hit power and sound tackling to become one of the league's best. Combining Smith with Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys have put together arguably the best linebacker group in the NFL.
And now, there's no end in sight for the dynamic duo.
Report: 2 Dallas Cowboys to be Activated off of P.U.P. List
Per a report from ESPN's Todd Archer, the Dallas Cowboys will soon activate Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence off of the Physically Unable to Perform (P.U.P.) List.
"The Cowboys are planning to activate defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to a source. They will work through individual drills in their first steps on the field before going through full practices. Lawrence had shoulder surgery not long after signing a five-year, $101 million contract in April. Crawford has been working his way through a hip issue that kept him out of the offseason program. Safety Byron Jones (hip) and receiver Noah Brown (knee) remain on PUP."
Todd Archer - ESPN.com
This report comes after DeMarcus Lawrence had offseason shoulder surgery in April and signed his five-year deal making him the highest-paid player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, at least for now. It looks as if Lawrence will be ready for a week one return.
It's long been believed that Lawrence would be available for week one of the regular season and hasn't suffered any setbacks to this point that should lead you to believe otherwise. With Robert Quinn suspended for the first two games of the regular season and Randy Gregory's status still up in the air (he still hasn't applied for reinstatement), getting Lawrence and Crawford back for the first two weeks of the season becomes instrumental.
The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has looked really good through the first two games of the preseason, but as good as they've been, they'll need Lawrence and Crawford once the regular season starts. Lawrence will slot back in as the left defensive end and Tyrone Crawford will split snaps at right defensive end with Dorance Armstrong and 3-technique defensive tackle with Maliek Collins, Trysten Hill, and Kerry Hyder.
While the additions of DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford will help the defense tremendously, there still isn't a timeline on the return of Pro Bowl Cornerback Byron Jones. Jones has been out since having hip surgery this offseason.
With as good as the Dallas Cowboys defense has looked this offseason, there's reason to believe that they can be even better once each of these guys are back in the lineup full-time. For a defense that was one of the 10 best defenses in the NFL in 2019, they'll need Lawrence, Crawford, and Jones to make the jump into the elite stratosphere of NFL defenses.
With the Dallas Cowboys' eyes set on capturing that sixth Lombardi Trophy, getting Lawrence and Crawford back in time to be ready for the regular season is vital to starting the 2019 season off right.
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