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Workload Decreasing for Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott?

John Williams

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Safe to Say, Ezekiel Elliott Not an Offensive Line Product

Over the last six weeks, the Dallas Cowboys have fed Zeke to the tune of 30 touches per game. He’s averaged 22.8 rushes and 7.2 receptions per game in that same time frame. Elliott’s a durable back, but the Dallas Cowboys look to he preparing to ease back on his touch count over the final two games with the promotion of 2016 sixth round pick Darius Jackson from the practice squad to the active roster. 

All season long, the Cowboys have gone with only two tailbacks on the active roster, relying on Elliott and Rod Smith to shoulder the load for the Cowboys vaunted rushing attack. 

The Cowboys have a chance to clinch the NFC East against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today. Jackson’s promotion signals that the Cowboys are going to ease back on Elliott’s workload over the next couple of weeks. 

Jackson has only been active for two games in his three-year career. If he’s active against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it will be the first time since week two of this year when he was a member of the Green Bay Packers. 

He hasn’t carried the ball in an NFL game, but could see some work if the Cowboys are able to get a big lead against the Bucs. If the game stays close Jackson probably wouldn’t see many touches this week. With a win, Jackson would be in line for a substantial workload in week 17 while the Cowboys opt to rest Elliott for the playoffs. 

Jackson has been a preseason darling of Cowboys Nation since his rookie year and his opportunity to make a regular season, and perhaps postseason, impact is right around the corner. As Jackson comes on board, look for the Cowboys to decrease Ezekiel Elliott’s touch count over the next two games. 

With as much as he’s been worked the last six games, the Cowboys coaching staff needs to look to get him rested and fresh for the postseason. It will be an uphill battle for the Cowboys to add their sixth Lombardi Trophy, but to do so, they’ll need Ezekiel Elliott at his best. 

Because at his best, Zeke’s a game changer. 



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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

Brian Martin

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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.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

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!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

Jess Haynie

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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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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.



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REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight

Jess Haynie

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Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford Kicked Off Thursday Flight

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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