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Blogging The Boys Feb 20, 2019
Cowboys 2016 draft class: What to do with each player on the final year of their rookie deal (Part 3)

Cowboys 2016 draft class: What to do with each player on the final year of their rookie deal (Part 3)

The dilemma of which players of the 2016 draft who should be retained concludes.. The 2016 draft class was huge for the Dallas Cowboys. All nine of the picks have logged snaps for team over the last few years. Over the last couple days, we’ve examined six of those nine picks (part 1 and part 2) and predicted whether or not they’ll get a second contract with the Cowboys. Today, we’ll conclude this three-part installment with the team’s top three picks of the draft. Maliek Collins (Rd. 3, 67th overall) Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott were the offensive playmakers that got all the...
Blogging The Boys Feb 19, 2019
4th-and-1: The play that finally broke the Cowboys offense

4th-and-1: The play that finally broke the Cowboys offense

It was only one play in a long season, but the symbolism was real. 4th-and-1 at the Rams 35-yard line during the Divisional Round playoff game. The score was 23-15, with the Rams leading, and it was the first play of the fourth quarter. Dallas finally had some momentum as they were driving the ball on the Rams. Now, they faced a 4th-and-1. This situation was no longer a “gimme” for the Dallas offense. The Cowboys offensive line was no longer capable of simply blowing opponents off the ball and allowing Ezekiel Elliott easy access to a few yards. With no Travis Frederick, with a rookie...
SportsDay Feb 18, 2019
Fixing the Cowboys' offense: How to prevent Dallas' passing attack from short-circuiting again in 2019

Fixing the Cowboys' offense: How to prevent Dallas' passing attack from short-circuiting again in 2019

Editor's note: This is the second in a five-part series looking at ways to fix the Cowboys' offense heading into the 2019 season. Part 3 will publish on Tuesday, February 19.Dak Prescott finds himself on the road for the first time in his postseason career.The Cowboys trail 3-0 before the offense gets the ball. Ezekiel Elliott starts things off, as he usually does, then Prescott takes control.A 13-yard completion to Blake Jarwin. A six-yard pass to Amari Cooper. After Elliott gets more than needed on fourth-and-one, Prescott connects with Cooper on a 29-yard touchdown strike. He goes 3-of-3...
SportsDay Feb 18, 2019
Cowboys free agents most likely to return: Why down year for Rod Smith wouldn't stop Dallas from bringing him back

Cowboys free agents most likely to return: Why down year for Rod Smith wouldn't stop Dallas from bringing him back

The free agency period for NFL players begins on March 13 at 3 p.m., and the Cowboys won't try or be able to re-sign all 16 of their free agents -- 14 unrestricted, plus one restricted and one exclusive rights. Here is the first installment this week counting down the five unrestricted free agents who are most likely to return in 2019:No. 5 -- RB Rod Smith2018 impact: Mainly used a couple of times a game to spell Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott, Smith finished with 44 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown while adding nine catches for 60 yards. He finished second on the team with 10...
Blogging The Boys Feb 18, 2019
Cowboys 2016 draft class: What to do with each player on the final year of their rookie deal (Part 1)

Cowboys 2016 draft class: What to do with each player on the final year of their rookie deal (Part 1)

2016 was a great draft year for the Cowboys, but now what? The draft class of 2016 for the Dallas Cowboys was nothing short of outstanding. It had a little bit of everything. For starters, two of these picks were the top two candidates for offensive rookie of the year as Dak Prescott narrowly beat out Ezekiel Elliott for the award. And speaking of starters, five players from this draft class have solidified spots on their respective starting units, with three of them (Dak, Zeke, and Maliek Collins) holding down starting spots in all three years of their career. Six of these players have...
SportsDay Feb 17, 2019
Fixing the Cowboys offense: To advance past divisional round, Dallas must shed its disdain for creativity

Fixing the Cowboys offense: To advance past divisional round, Dallas must shed its disdain for creativity

Editor's note: This is the first in a five-part series looking at ways to fix the Cowboys' offense heading into the 2019 season. Part 2 will publish on Monday, February 18.A comeback was underway. The Cowboys were on the move and found themselves on LA's 35-yard line to open the final quarter.Dallas trailed by eight points. Score on this possession and the franchise would have a chance to advance past the divisional round for the first time since the mid-'90s.Did the Cowboys rise to the occasion on this fourth-and-1?No. They plunged Ezekiel Elliott into the teeth of the Rams defense. He was...
SportsDay Feb 14, 2019
Who will sign an extension with the Cowboys first: Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott?

Who will sign an extension with the Cowboys first: Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott?

Kevin Sherrington, sports columnist for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks and local college sports in a live chat. Thursday. Here are some highlights.Q: Why does the team put so little stock in the 1 tech DT position on draft day? Seems they need at least one big bodied anchor that is difficult to move on obvious run plays.Sherrington: Rod Marinelli believes it's easier to fine 1 techniques, who, by definition are basically run stuffers. Harder to find 3 techniques who have the agility and ability to provide a good pass...
SportsDay Feb 14, 2019
From Michael Gallup to a WR who didn't even play: Which 2018 Cowboys rookies will show most improvement next season?

From Michael Gallup to a WR who didn't even play: Which 2018 Cowboys rookies will show most improvement next season?

At this point, the Cowboys are well into their offseason planning. (Let's refrain from making snide comments about Dallas getting a head start on the NFL's top teams.) As part of the self-reflection, the Cowboys front office must determine which of their 16 free agents to retain. Another option to free up some much-needed money to use on looming contract extensions for Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, etc. could be to release a veteran before the league year begins March 13. In this installment of the Cowboys beat writers roundtable, we look at those potential salary cap causalities and predict...
Blogging The Boys Feb 13, 2019
Broncos trade for Joe Flacco serves as latest reminder of how things worked out for Cowboys

Broncos trade for Joe Flacco serves as latest reminder of how things worked out for Cowboys

Thank you, Denver. When the 2016 NFL Draft began there were a lot of Cowboys fans who wanted to see the team acquire an heir to Tony Romo. We’d just watched the team play a season without him and it was, well, not very good. The newly-relocated Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles traded for the draft’s top two picks and took the highest-rated signal-callers with them in Jared Goff and Carson Wentz which left the Cowboys looking at other positions at fourth overall. Ultimately it came down to Ezekiel Elliott and that’s worked out quite nicely. Later in the round though, Jerry...
SportsDay Feb 12, 2019
The Dallas Cowboys veterans who are most likely to become salary cap casualties this offseason

The Dallas Cowboys veterans who are most likely to become salary cap casualties this offseason

At this point, the Cowboys are well into their offseason planning. (Let's refrain from making snide comments about Dallas getting a head start on the NFL's top teams.) As part of the self-reflection, the Cowboys front office must determine which of their 16 free agents to retain. Another option to free up some much-needed money to use on looming contract extensions for Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, etc. could be to release a veteran before the league year begins March 13. In this installment of the Cowboys beat writers roundtable, we look at those potential salary cap causalities and predict...
Blogging The Boys Feb 12, 2019
Running away from success: The Cowboys’ Zeke conundrum

Running away from success: The Cowboys’ Zeke conundrum

Dallas has changed its offensive coordinator - but will it change what really matters? We have a problem. The Dallas Cowboys are a team that has been built around the running game, with massive investments in the offensive line and a star running back. Yet more and more analysis shows that running the ball, particularly on early downs, is inefficient and leads to failure. Now, with Ezekiel Elliott indicating an interest in getting an extension negotiated, the Cowboys face a dilemma. Do they stick with a plan that all data and logic show to be counterproductive, do they shift their approach...
Blogging The Boys Feb 11, 2019
Five Dallas Cowboys make PFF’s list of top 101 players for the 2018 season; Who made the cut?

Five Dallas Cowboys make PFF’s list of top 101 players for the 2018 season; Who made the cut?

Pro Football Focus announced their top 101 list and five Cowboys players made the cut The Dallas Cowboys have a great young team. The future looks promising with so many youthful players that will be around a long time. The Cowboys had eight different players make the Pro Bowl team, including five players on offense (Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Zack Martin, and Tyron Smith) and three players on defense (DeMarcus Lawrence, Byron Jones, and Leighton Vander Esch). And that doesn’t even include Travis Frederick who has made the Pro Bowl in the last four seasons he’s played....
SportsDay Feb 10, 2019
One more hill for Dak Prescott's climb to ultimate respect, ex-Cowboys in AAF, and more -- Your Cowboys Catch-Up

One more hill for Dak Prescott's climb to ultimate respect, ex-Cowboys in AAF, and more -- Your Cowboys Catch-Up

Feb. 11Here's everything you need to know to stay up to date with all things Dallas Cowboys.Today's top stories-- How Super Bowl history debunks the notion that Dak Prescott needs to run more for Cowboys to succeedAs if Dak Prescott needed one more hill to climb on the road to ultimate respect...-- Five former Cowboys fans might recognize in the Alliance of American FootballThe Super Bowl has come and gone, and the NFL season has come to an end. But can you ever really say that about "football" season?-- LaDainian Tomlinson: Ezekiel Elliott has 'earned' a contract extension-- Why bringing on...
SportsDay Feb 10, 2019
LaDainian Tomlinson: Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has 'earned' a contract extension

LaDainian Tomlinson: Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has 'earned' a contract extension

Three years into his professional career, Ezekiel Elliott has proven he is nothing short of one of the best running backs in the NFL. And the man who ranks sixth on the NFL's all-time rushing list not only agrees, but thinks Elliott deserves the right to get paid like it."Zeke has earned a new contract," NFL Network's LaDainian Tomlinson recently told Fort Worth Star-Telegram."To be quite honest with you, he's done it the right way. He hasn't been in trouble other than that one time. So I think he deserves a new contract and he deserves to be paid as one of the top players in the National...
SportsDay Feb 10, 2019
10 things you might not know about Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, from how the crop top started to his tattoos

10 things you might not know about Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, from how the crop top started to his tattoos

Here are 10 things you might not know about Dallas Cowboys running back and two-time NFL rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott.1. He comes from an athletic familyElliott's mother and father, Dawn and Stacy, were both collegiate athletes at Missouri. Dawn was a heptathlete with the Tigers and Stacy was a linebacker for the football team. Stacy was a part of the team that lost to Colorado on the infamous "fifth down." Here's a quick anecdote about Elliott when he was a child, from SportsDay's Kate Hairopoulos:During a scrimmage, the always physical running back kept laying out the same player, play...

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