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Is Ezekiel Elliott Eyeing Eric Dickerson’s Rookie Rushing Record?

Brian Martin



Cowboys Headlines - Is Ezekiel Elliott Eyeing Eric Dickerson's Rookie Rushing Record?

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.

Cowboys Headlines - Is Ezekiel Elliott Eyeing Eric Dickerson's Rookie Rushing Record? 2Things 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!?

Cowboys Headlines - Is Ezekiel Elliott Eyeing Eric Dickerson's Rookie Rushing Record? 1Now, 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.

Cowboys Headlines - Is Ezekiel Elliott Eyeing Eric Dickerson's Rookie Rushing Record? 3Once 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?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share any of your thoughts or opinions on this topic.

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

  • Randy Martin

    For me put me in the “I Don’t Care” camp. I’m not into individual accolades. The only thing that matters is winning the Super Bowl and if good individual stats are a part of it, great!

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for commenting Randy. I’m right there with you. As long as the Cowboys keep winning games, I don’t really care about individual stats.

  • Ryan Smith

    Well he’ll probably get over 200 against the Browns!!!

    • Brian Martin

      Ryan, that is certainly possible.

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams Facing Multi-Game Suspension

Jess Haynie



Terrance Williams
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An arrest last May for public intoxication may finally result in a suspension for Dallas Cowboys Receiver Terrance Williams.

David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, who reported the pending suspension, outlined the details of Williams' case. Charges were ultimately dropped once Terrance completed an alcohol education course and paid damages to the city.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys WR Terrance Williams faces suspension stemming from May arrest for public intoxication via @sportsdaydfw

However, as Cowboys fans know too well, the NFL reserves the right to suspend players under the Personal Conduct Policy regardless of legal outcomes. The 2017 season was marred by the league's persecution of Ezekiel Elliott for domestic violence despite no arrests or charges coming from any legal or police entity.

In Williams' case, there's no dispute of his guilt. It is unlikely he will appeal any decision the NFL makes.

The potential that Terrance will be missing for 2-4 games helps explain the Cowboys' move earlier this week to bring back WR Brice Butler. With both currently active, Dallas has an unusually high seven receivers on their 53-man roster.

It's already Friday, so the suspension is doubtful to come for this week's game in Seattle. But Terrance could easily be one of the seven inactive players on game day, having received the fewest snaps of any Cowboys WR last week against the Giants.

We'll see soon enough, likely as soon as next week, just what the league has in store for Terrance Williams.

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Report: Dallas Cowboys to Sign Free Agent Wide Receiver Brice Butler

John Williams



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The Dallas Cowboys look to be making a move at the wide receiver position as they attempt to bring some life to the position. No they aren't trading for Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon, but bringing back former Wide Receiver Brice Butler.

According to a report from Saad Yousuf from The Athletic, the Dallas Cowboys are set to resign the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver but first have to release someone from the 53-man roster.

Saad Yousuf on Twitter

Cowboys officials are in the process of signing wide receiver Brice Butler, multiple sources tell @TheAthleticDFW. The team has to make a roster move to bring Butler onto the 53 and is trying to decide whom to release to make room for Butler before a final decision is made.

Brice Butler was signed in the offseason by the Arizona Cardinals but was released after training camp. It was a surprising move for the Cardinals. They don't have a ton of wide receiver depth aside from future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald.

Butler's caught 73 passes on 133 targets for 1,177 yards and eight touchdowns in his five career. In 36 games with the Dallas Cowboys Brice Butler caught 43 passes on 81 targets for 794 yards and six touchdowns. In his time in Dallas, he averaged 18.5 yards per reception.

He never really got a lot of playing time with the Dallas Cowboys who had Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten on the team for the duration of his time in Dallas. The Cowboys coaching staff placed a higher premium on Terrance Williams' run blocking than Butler's big play ability.

To the coaching staff's credit, Butler was never a consistent enough player to be relied upon week in and week out. In 2017, his last season in Dallas, Brice Butler was never targeted more than three times a game and he never caught more than two passes a game. Butler, however, only played 24.51% of the Dallas Cowboys' offensive snaps in 2017.

If the Dallas Cowboys do make this move it's at a curious time. Sources tell 247 Sports' Mike Fisher that the Dallas Cowboys have zero interest at the moment in Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon. You'd think their lack of interest would be because they still like the wide receiver room as it is.

If they do complete the signing of Brice Butler, you'd have to expect that Deonte Thompson would be the wide receiver on the chopping block. They cut him at the end of the preseason and then brought him back during week one.

This signing is unlikely to have an impact on the Dallas Cowboys week two matchup with the New York Giants, but will probably be completed early Monday to get Butler to Frisco to begin preparing for their week three matchup.

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I don't think this is a move that makes a lot of sense for the Dallas Cowboys. They've been down that road before and haven't received the results they wanted. Brice Butler does offer some big play ability, but it was thought that is why they brought in Deonte Thompson and Tavon Austin. Is it possible the Dallas Cowboys are already down on those two players after one game? They wouldn't be bringing Butler back if they didn't have plans for him.

Good or bad, do you think bringing Brice Butler back is the right move for the Dallas Cowboys?

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Cowboys, 49ers Are WR Josh Gordon’s Preferred Teams in Trade/Free Agency

Sean Martin



Cowboys, 49ers Are WR Josh Gordon's Preferred Teams in Trade/Free Agency

It's Sunday morning and the Cleveland Browns are expected to make a questionable decision by tomorrow, which is far from news for a Dallas Cowboys team waiting around for a crucial Sunday Night Football home game tonight. With Cleveland expected to part ways with troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon though, the Cowboys have understandably been linked to Gordon, even more so now with the talented pass catcher stating his own interest in America's Team.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

As teams discuss potentially trading for outgoing #Browns WR Josh Gordon, I'm told he's got his eye on two in particular: The #Cowboys and the #49ers.

Before looking into this any further, it's necessary to point out an all-important missing detail. Without any reports of the Cowboys own interest in Gordon, the soon-to-be free agent is simply the latest player to say he'd like to play for the Cowboys - hardly anything new for the Jones.

The Cowboys need for a player like Gordon has never been more evident though. Heavily criticized throughout the offseason for how they handled their wide receivers, the Cowboys passing game was a non-factor in the team's 16-8 week one loss.

Signing or trading for Gordon could do little to fix this, but the risk may also prove worthwhile for Dallas. The Baylor Bears product did put up 1,646 yards in 2013 with minimal talent around him, and has a career 17.3 yards per reception.

His ability to take the top off a defense is something the Cowboys are sorely missing. What they won't miss from not acquiring Gordon is the off-field trouble, taking on a player that missed all of 2015 and 2016 due to suspension.

Last season,  Gordon was reinstated for the Browns final five games.

The NFL is, at least cautiously, easing their policy on players suspended for marijuana usage. Look no further than the Cowboys own Randy Gregory to prove this, as Gregory has already become a success story for the league by being with the Cowboys this season.

Whether or not Gregory plays on Sunday night (officially listed as DOUBTFUL) after suffering a concussion in his long-awaited return last week is yet to be determined. So too is Josh Gordon's future as the latest player on his way out of Cleveland.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

From @gmfb Weekend: The #Browns plan to release Josh Gordon after he showed up late, injured his hamstring during a photo shoot, and in general completely lost their trust.

I'm of the belief that Gordon won't last long on the open market, meaning this won't be the latest Cowboys story/non-story to drag through the presses. Any fan looking to pass time between now and kickoff against the Giants could probably find me saying the same about free agent WR Dez Bryant however.

Thanks to Bryant still being a free agent along with former Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, the team has looked smarter than expected in the long-term on moves like these.

If there's a smart way to bring on Josh Gordon, Dallas should be considering that too.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys, 49ers Are WR Josh Gordon’s Preferred Teams in Trade/Free Agency" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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