The Dallas Cowboys rookie running back, Ezekiel Elliott, has started off his career in the NFL better than a lot of us would have ever imagined.
Elliott's transition from running the ball in college, to toting the rock in the NFL might not have gone as smoothly as he would've liked, but he has continued to get better with each game he plays in the league.
Things have been going so well in fact that there are whispers he could possibly break the NFL rushing record by a rookie running back set by Eric Dickerson back in 1983. It's a record that was thought to be unattainable, and has stood untested for 20+ years now.
In 1983, Dickerson rushed for 1,808 yards and the fact that it stood so long tells you all you need to know about how difficult that is to do for not only a rookie, but any RB playing at this level.
Well, through the first five weeks of the 2016 season, Ezekiel Elliott currently has 546 rushing yards on just 109 attempts. He is on pace to rush for 1,747 yards, which is less than 100 yards away from breaking Dickerson's record.
Now, I'm not as into the whole breaking record thing as a lot of people are, but this is definitely something that has caught my attention and something I will definitely be keeping track of.
I was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys choosing to use the fourth overall selection in this years draft to obtain Elliott's services. I just thought that he could be a difference maker for this team as a rookie, and for years to come.
So far so good. Right!?
Now, there are a lot of things that will have to go Ezekiel Elliott's way in order for him to even come close to Dickerson's record.
First off the Cowboys offense will have to continue to be well-balanced. Otherwise, teams will just stack the box even more than they already are to keep Elliott contained.
Fellow rookie Dak Prescott has done a tremendous job filling in for Tony Romo. Prescott is the type of dual threat QB that defenses have to account for in the passing and running game. Prescott and Elliott have both benefited from having one another in the lineup.
Having said that though, Tony Romo should help open up the running game even more for Elliott, because he is more of a threat in the passing game.
Don't get me wrong. I love what Prescott has been able to accomplish, but he really hasn't been able to find receivers down the field the way Romo will once he's back in lineup.
That will force the defense to cover more of the field and not stack the box with eight or nine players like they have been to stop the Cowboys dominant running game.
Once all of this happens, the rest is really left for Ezekiel Elliott to accomplish, with the help of his talented offensive line of course.
For Elliott to top Dickerson's 1,808 mark, he will have to average 115 rushing yards a game from here on out. The fact that he has averaged 137 rushing yards the last three games suggests that that is certainly possible.
It's unclear how much Ezekiel Elliott really cares about breaking Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record. He can say one thing to the media and mean something entirely different.
Honestly, I really don't care as long as he is dedicated to the Dallas Cowboys and winning football games.
I think we would all be ecstatic if he can rush for 115 yards the remaining 11 games of the season. That certainly won't be a terrible thing to happen, and could possibly mean that the Dallas Cowboys offense is doing everything in their power to win games.
I think I can almost guarantee if Elliott has anywhere close to 1,800 rushing yards, the Dallas Cowboys should be well on the way to a playoff berth, which is terrific news considering the team went 4-12 last year.
Do you think Ezekiel Elliott breaks Eric Dickerson's record in 2016?
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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.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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