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: 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.
Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space
Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.
C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed
Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.
Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.
Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.
With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.
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