Anyone tired of the Ezekiel Elliott discourse yet?
The Dallas Cowboys have ample onerous decisions to make this offseason, but none in more important than their running back dilemma.
Most fans would like the Cowboys to franchise tag Tony Pollard, and cut Elliott after the latter produced career-lows in carries, rushing yards, and yards per carry this past season. To make matters worse, Elliott’s impact as a pass-catcher was non-existent, as he failed to break the 100-yard mark in yards.
The entire discourse surrounding Elliott’s future has been brutal. Though he was the league’s premier RB in the pinnacle of his career, everyone’s been underlining what he doesn’t bring to the table anymore.
In fact, The Athletic’s Bob Sturm revealed scouts and analysts are in lockstep believing Elliott’s burst is all but gone, and that his only chance of earning a respectable salary in 2023 is to take a pay cut with the Cowboys.
With Zeke facing slings and arrows from every corner of the Cowboys universe, former teammate Dez Bryant came to his defense.
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- Dez brings up a good point. While the Elliott criticism is warranted, perhaps everyone can do a better job of highlighting why he’s on the decline. Between being the league’s most used running back early in his career — he averaged 292 carries per season in his first four years — and playing 2021 with a partially torn PCL, Elliott has put everything on the line for the Cowboys.
- Ever active on social media, Bryant has seemingly been putting the work studying film on the incoming draft class, specifically the QB position. In fact, the former All-Pro receiver has identified his “sleeper” quarterback, and he’d love the Cowboys to draft him as Dak Prescott’s backup now that Cooper Rush is a free agent. The QB? Appalachian State’s Chase Brice.
- Bryant should’ve clarified Brice as a “deep sleeper,” because Brice isn’t even listed on most QB rankings. Georgia’s Stetson Bennett, Louisville’s Malik Cunningham, and UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson — all projected late-round picks — are ranked higher than Brice. Does Dez know something we don’t?
- Per a report from The Athletic, Russell Wilson moved to have Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider fired. The push happened weeks before Seattle traded Wilson the Broncos, and Wilson has since denied the report on social media, writing “I never wanted them fired. All any of us wanted was to win. I’ll always have respect for them and love for Seattle.”
- Is Dan Snyder nearing his final days in DC? Per ESPN’s John Keim, Jeff Bezos has hired investment firm Allen & Company to explore the possibility of bidding on the Washington Commanders. This is the same company that piloted the sale of the Broncos in 2022, and the Panthers in 2018.