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Rookie Watch: Cowboys Sign Ezekiel Elliott, 3 Others

It took some time, but 4 of the newest Dallas Cowboys’ rookies have signed their first deal with the team. Ezekiel Elliott, Anthony Brown, Kavon Frazier, and Darius Jackson are all now under contract and ready for what lies ahead in the 2016 season and beyond! It goes without saying that Ezekiel Elliott headlines this group, as signing his contract is just a formality. Ever since his selection was announced, Cowboys Nation has fully embraced the team’s newest dynamic running back. Even still, there’s a certain level of excitement in seeing Elliott in that Cowboys jacket, smiling as he puts pen to paper.

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It took some time, but 4 of the newest Dallas Cowboys' rookies have signed their first deal with the team. Ezekiel Elliott, Anthony Brown, Kavon Frazier, and Darius Jackson are all now under contract and ready for what lies ahead in the 2016 season and beyond!

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It's official! Welcome to the Cowboys @EzekielElliott!

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Welcome to the Cowboys @Djackson_6!

It goes without saying that Ezekiel Elliott headlines this group, as signing his contract is just a formality. Ever since his selection was announced, Cowboys Nation has fully embraced the team's newest dynamic running back. Even still, there's a certain level of excitement in seeing Elliott in that Cowboys jacket, smiling as he puts pen to paper.

Outside of Elliott, the other 3 rookies the team signed today could also make big impacts this season. Another running back, 6th round pick Darius Jackson, will hope to compliment Elliott as a speedy back out of Eastern Michigan.

Click here to read about my projected roles for Elliott and Jackson in 2016, along with the rest of the Cowboys' offensive rookies.

On the defensive side of the ball, CB Anthony Brown and S Kavon Frazier will try to tighten up a secondary for the Cowboys that could certainly use help. To see my projected roles for the entire defensive draft class, click here.

With 4 signings in the books, the Cowboys still have 5 rookies left to lock up. These would be LB Jaylon Smith, DT Maliek Collins, DE Charles Tapper, QB Dak Prescott, and TE Rico Gathers.

As contract information comes in for this first wave of signings, Inside The Star will keep you updated. Also stay posted to see when the remaining 5 players reach their rookie deals.

UPDATE: According to Todd Archer, Elliott's deal with the Cowboys is worth $24.9 million, with a $16.3 million signing bonus.

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Ezekiel Elliott's four-year deal with the Cowboys is worth $24.9 million and includes a $16.3 million signing... https://t.co/gmfwI1ricK

Tell us what you think about "Rookie Watch: Cowboys Sign Ezekiel Elliott, 3 Others" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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  • Chad Olson

    I thonk we should give Antonio Cromartie a chance on a one year prove i deal

    • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

      There’s no arguing that secondary help would be appreciated for this defense, but I’m not sure how much of that Cro can provide anymore. Also not like this front office to grab an aging player like him based on his declining production.

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5 Dallas Cowboys Make 2019 Pro Bowl Roster

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The Dallas Cowboys will be well represented in the 2019 Pro Bowl. Last night, five players were named to the NFC roster: RB Ezekiel Elliott, OT Tyron Smith, G Zack Martin, DE DeMarcus Lawrence, and CB Byron Jones.

Dallas tied the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints for the most players to the NFC team. However, the Los Angeles Chargers led all teams with seven players making the AFC squad. The Chiefs and Steelers had six players each.

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Congratulations to #DallasCowboys @Byron31Jump, Tyron Smith, @TankLawrence, @thegob70 and @EzekielElliott who are #ProBowl Bound!

Byron Jones is the only first-time Pro Bowler among the Cowboys. He's been one of the best cornerbacks in football this year, switching back to the position after a few years playing safety.

This will be the second-straight Pro Bowl for DeMarcus Lawrence, who remains among the league's most feared pass rushers. It's also the second trip for Ezekiel Elliott, who went as a rookie but missed last year's game with his suspension issues.

Pro Bowl fixtures Tyron Smith and Zack Martin return for the sixth and fifth-straight years, respectively. For Martin, it preserves his streak of making the team every year since he came into the NFL.

Even with these five players being named, you could argue that Dallas deserved a couple more. Rookie LB Leighton Vander Esch has been one of the top defensive players in the league this year. And WR Amari Cooper, once he got to Dallas, has been as productive as any receiver in football.

That aside, congratulations to Zeke, Tyron, Zack, Tank, and Byron for making this year's team!



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Maliek Collins Playing Excellent for Cowboys Defense

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For the Dallas Cowboys on the interior, a lot of the news consistently surround the availability of Defensive Tackle David Irving, but Maliek Collins is playing excellent right now. While I'm willing to be very patient with Irving because of the elite talent he brings, Maliek Collins should continue to start for the Dallas Cowboys at 3-technique defensive tackle.

Collins has been a player that the Cowboys have bounced between the nose tackle and the 3T position with the hopes of getting their best players on the field, and because of the lack of a consistent presence at the 1-technique or nose tackle position. Well, with Antwaun Woods taking control at the 1T, Collins has been able to play at the position where he's at his best. The 3-tech.

He hasn't put huge numbers in the sack column this season, but that doesn't mean he's been absent from being the disruptive player he's been through his first two and a half seasons.

During the Dallas Cowboys five game winning streak, Maliek Collins has led the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackles in total pressures with 13, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF combines sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries into their "pressures." Collins hasn't recorded a sack during the winning streak, but he has four quarterback hits and nine hurries. He's tied with Tyrone Crawford for third in total pressures behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory over the last five weeks.

Over the last five weeks, Collins leads the defensive tackles in solo tackles with five and is tied with Crawford and Antwaun Woods with three run stops on defense, according to Pro Football Focus. Collins has also has two tackles for loss in the last five games and recovered Tyrone Crawford's force fumble on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Collins had six sacks in his rookie season when he played primarily as the 3T, which allowed him to see more one-on-one blocks against opposing interior offensive linemen. Especially with the way the rest of the defensive line is playing.

With the Cowboys on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts this week, Collins is going to have a tough matchup with a very good Colts offensive line, in particular, rookie Quentin Nelson. Collins ability to get pressure on Andrew Luck on the interior is a huge key for the Dallas Cowboys this week. We know that Gregory and Lawrence will get their pressures, but if Andrew Luck is able to step up into a clean pocket, it will make for a much more challenging game for the Cowboys secondary.

Collins has proved to be up to any task over the last five weeks and if he's able to keep playing at such a high level, he'll make the Cowboys coaching staff, and the rest of Cowboys Nation forget about using other defensive tackles. For the Cowboys to make a deep push in the playoffs, they'll need Collins to be a big time player for them moving forward.



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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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After his record-setting performance during week 14, @AmariCooper9 is the FIRST #DallasCowboys to win NFC Player of the Week twice in a season! → https://t.co/kvBDIeOgBd #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote

As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!



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