Who among us thinks that they have the easiest job in America?
*everyone looks over their shoulder to make sure their boss isn't around*
Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott is unafraid to answer this question. He did so yesterday after practice in front of his boss Jerry Jones, who was recently named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017, and a handful of reporters.
Before we get to his answer, it's important that we establish exactly what Zeke's job is. If we checked his Twitter profile (@EzekielElliott), we would find what we're looking for.
"Running back for America's Team."
How freaking awesome is this, by the way? I mean... seriously. I love how much Zeke loves being a Dallas Cowboy. I know you love it, too. I love all this love happening everywhere. Love!
So we now know Zeke's job. He's the running back for the Dallas Cowboys. This is what he gets paid to do professionally, and when the 2016 season kicks off for realsies on September 11th at home against the New York Giants... he's going to do it to a degree that is going to have us really loving him.
America's Team is an important name (it's also one that I've preached the importance and history of many times). Zeke takes great pride in being an employee for such a company, but he also does seem to think that it's a pretty sweet gig.
Ezekiel Elliott: "I think I probably have one of the easiest jobs in America. I get to run behind the best O-line in America.
The Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line is unquestionably the team's greatest strength. They're also unquestionably the greatest at what they do on earth, not just in America sorry Zeke, and as a result I've given them a nickname that transcends the entire planet - The Space Cowboys.
Running behind the Space Cowboys is a luxury that most running backs of sound mind (sorry DeMarco Murray circa March 2015) would greatly want. Zeke knows that, and he is prepared to take serious advantage of it. The hype around this element of the Dallas Cowboys game is justified, and if you believe my fellow Staff Writer Sean Martin's projections for the new-age Triplets then you know 2016 is going to be special for Zeke.
If you're reading this at work then I want you to stand up, find your boss, and show it to them. Tell them that you want a work environment as conducive to your success as Ezekiel Elliott has. Then take the rest of the day off. You deserve it. Huzzah.
Do you think Ezekiel Elliott has "one of the easiest jobs" in America? Is he destined for glory behind the Space Cowboys? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at RJ@RJOchoaShow.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
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.
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