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Aug 17, 2017
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Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden is getting the bulk of first-team reps during scout team drills on Thursday, according to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. What It Means: McFadden still leads the way over Alfred Morris and Rod Smith in the contest to replace Ezekiel Elliott (suspended) for the first six weeks of the season. Elliott didn't receive many reps today, so George posits that he will sit Saturday out when the Dallas Cowboys take on the Indianapolis Colts. Our models project McFadden as the 49th-best running back in fantasy football this year. We...
Inside The Star 13 hours ago

#DALvsIND: 5 Cowboys Storylines To Watch In Preseason Week 2

The Dallas Cowboys have already officially played two games, but the rest of the NFL is entering preseason week 2. The Cowboys will be squaring off against the Indianapolis Colts this Saturday afternoon (August 19) and there are certainly no shortage of storylines for Cowboys Nation to watch. There is no doubt that the Dallas Cowboys have had their ups and downs so far in their first two contest, but now that it is the third preseason game for them maybe the can find some kind of consistency. Darren McFadden vs. Alfred Morris Odds are Ezekiel Elliott is looking at some kind of suspension....
numberFire Aug 17, 2017

Cowboys' Darren McFadden getting first-team reps on Thursday

Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden is getting the bulk of first-team reps during scout team drills on Thursday, according to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. What It Means: McFadden still leads the way over Alfred Morris and Rod Smith in the contest to replace Ezekiel Elliott (suspended) for the first six weeks of the season. Elliott didn't receive many reps today, so George posits that he will sit Saturday out when the Dallas Cowboys take on the Indianapolis Colts. Our models project McFadden as the 49th-best running back in fantasy football this year. We...
Will Ronnie Hillman make Cowboys' roster now that Ezekiel Elliott is suspended?

Will Ronnie Hillman make Cowboys' roster now that Ezekiel Elliott is suspended?

Brandon George, Cowboys beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions during a live chat Tuesday. Here are some of the highlights:Question: Is Ronnie Hillman going to make the 53-man roster?George: Probably not. His chances increased with the Ezekiel Elliott suspension. If the Cowboys go with three RBs right now, it's likely Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Rod Smith. With Zeke suspended the first 6 games, perhaps the Cowboys go deep at running back and keep Hillman for those first 6 games until Zeke returns.Question: Is it a foregone conclusion that...
Key to Cowboys' rushing attack without Ezekiel Elliott could have nothing to do with backup RBs

Key to Cowboys' rushing attack without Ezekiel Elliott could have nothing to do with backup RBs

SportsDayDFW "Ballzy" podcast hosts Evan Grant, Barry Horn and The Ticket's Sean Bass are joined by Cowboys insider David Moore to talk the fallout of the Ezekiel Elliott suspension. Here are some of the highlights:Don't miss an episode:Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesOr if you're on an Android device through RSSFind the Podcast on Stitcher hereCan't see the podcast? Tap/click here.On the state of the Cowboys' rushing attack without Zeke...Moore: Their run game with Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris, I think they will be efficient. I think they'll be able to retain their run-first identity,...
A 'faster, more explosive' Alfred Morris has shown up at Cowboys training camp -- just in time, perhaps

A 'faster, more explosive' Alfred Morris has shown up at Cowboys training camp -- just in time, perhaps

OXNARD, Calif. -- Veteran running back Alfred Morris said the Cowboys addressed the "elephant in the room" and have moved on.That elephant is the six-game suspension for star running back Ezekiel Elliott to start the season that leaves the Cowboys looking for a way to replace the league's leading rusher from 2016.Part of the replacement plan will fall to Morris, who had been fighting for a roster spot before Elliott's suspension was announced because of the emergence in training camp of running back Rod Smith.Veteran Darren McFadden is expected to start in place of Elliott while he's out, but...
Cowboys say it's business as usual, but is the running game ready for life without Ezekiel Elliott?

Cowboys say it's business as usual, but is the running game ready for life without Ezekiel Elliott?

OXNARD, Calif. - It's a plan the Cowboys say they are prepared for but never wanted to employ - an offense without Ezekiel Elliott.It's also a reality after the NFL suspended the star running back Friday for six games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The team can't wait for the appeals process to unfold. Scheming is underway for a significant stretch without Zeke.All eyes turn to running backs Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Rod Smith. Yes, Dak Prescott and the passing game and entire offense will also have to take on more in Elliott's absence."We talked to our football...
Elliott situation puts onus on Cowboys' backup RBs; 'we like the running backs on this team,' Stephen Jones says

Elliott situation puts onus on Cowboys' backup RBs; 'we like the running backs on this team,' Stephen Jones says

LOS ANGELES -- Veteran Darren McFadden started Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Rams at running back for the Cowboys.The performance of McFadden and fellow running backs Alfred Morris, Rod Smith and Ronnie Hillman will be hyper-analyzed for the remainder of the preseason. Their roles are heightened with Elliott suspended for the first six games of the season, pending appeal, for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy."Obviously we knew that this was something that could happen," executive vice president Stephen Jones said in a pregame interview on KRLD-FM (105.3 The Fan)....
The Landry Hat Aug 12, 2017

Dallas Cowboys: A case for Alfred Morris as the starter

With running back Ezekiel Elliott suspended for the first six games of the season. who will step up to the plate as the Dallas Cowboys workhorse back? Losing Ezekiel Elliott is a big loss for a Dallas Cowboys team coming into the season with sky- high expectations. They still have a plethora of capable running […] Dallas Cowboys: A case for Alfred Morris as the starter - The Landry Hat - The Landry Hat - A Dallas Cowboys Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
numberFire Aug 11, 2017

Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott suspended by NFL for first 6 weeks of season

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be suspended for the first six weeks of the season, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. What It Means: Elliott has three days to file an appeal, which he is expected to do. Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris figure to split the workload in the Cowboys' backfield while Elliott is suspended. This is obviously a huge blow to Prior to suspension, numberFire's models project Elliott for 1457 yards and 12 touchdowns on 305 carries as well as 473 yards and 2 touchdowns on 50 receptions, making him our third-ranked fantasy running...
numberFire Aug 11, 2017

Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott suspended by NFL for 6 games

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be suspended for the first six weeks of the season, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. What It Means: Elliott has three days to file an appeal, which he is expected to do. Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris figure to split the workload in the Cowboys' backfield while Elliott is suspended. This is obviously a huge blow to his fantasy value with drafts approaching. Prior to suspension, numberFire's models projected Elliott for 1,456.6 yards and 11.7 touchdowns on 304.9 carries with 472.8 yards and 2.10 touchdowns on 50.2 receptions,...
Blogging The Boys Aug 11, 2017
Where the Dallas Cowboys roster battles stand going into their second preseason game

Where the Dallas Cowboys roster battles stand going into their second preseason game

A look at some of the intriguing storylines of Cowboys camp so far. Now that the first preseason game for the Dallas Cowboys is in the books let’s take a look at where some of the training camp battles stand as we head into Saturday’s second preseason game. Running Back Arguably the most competitive spot on the roster right now is for the third (second after a potential Elliott suspension?) string running back. Neither Alfred Morris or Rod Smith disappointed in the Hall of Fame game, with Morris looking rejuvenated with fresh legs while Smith ran hard despite a meager YPC and displayed...
numberFire Aug 11, 2017

Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliot's suspension expected to be around 6 games

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is expected to be suspended for around six games, per NFL Network's Jane Slater. What It Means: Elliott's suspension is expected to come today, so we won't likely have to wait too much longer with speculation. Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris would both stand to see significantly increased workloads for as long as Elliott is out. Not accounting for the suspension, numberFire's models project Elliott for 1457 yards and 12 touchdowns on 305 carries as well as 473 yards and 2 touchdowns on 50 receptions, making him our third-ranked...
Dallas Cowboys will be in big trouble if something were to happen to Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys will be in big trouble if something were to happen to Dak Prescott

Matt Mosley, contributor to SportsDayDFW.com and columnist for Texas Monthly, answered questions during a live chat Tuesday. Here are some highlights:Question: Will Alfred Morris make the team?Mosley: I think you should keep your eye on this Rod Smith. If Alfred or [Darren] McFadden are on the roster at the start of the season, they are fully guaranteed. I don't see both of them making it. Alfred sure had a nice run in that HOF game. They both look fine in camp. Just veteran reserves. It seems like the Cowboys have leaned toward McFadden as Zeke's backup in the past. But again, Rod Smith runs...
Cowboys 53-man roster projection 3.0: What will Dallas do with Rico Gathers, Alfred Morris?

Cowboys 53-man roster projection 3.0: What will Dallas do with Rico Gathers, Alfred Morris?

The Cowboys are beginning their third week of training camp practices and yet still have a full schedule of preseason games remaining. A lot could change in the upcoming weeks, as Stephen Jones said Monday afternoon."We still got four games left and a lot of football to be played," the team's executive vice president said. "There's a lot of time for guys to get better. This isn't the time to be cutting the team or making any decisions on who is going to win a job or who is going to win a roster spot or who is going to be on the practice squad. I still think there's a lot of work to be done. I...
Inside The Star Aug 7, 2017

Cowboys Have Increasing Uncertainty at Running Back

Last week’s Hall of Fame game gave Cowboys fans some good looks at running backs Alfred Morris and Rod Smith, assumed to be competing for the third spot on the RB depth chat. Also, new comments from Jerry Jones have made Ezekiel Elliott’s future tougher to predict. Throw in a brief but uninspiring performance from Darren McFadden and we have arguably more confusion now at RB than we did a week ago. Let’s start at the top; Ezekiel Elliott’s possible suspension has been hanging over the Cowboys all summer. During the Hall of Fame festivities, Jerry Jones commented on Zeke’s situation...

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