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  • Jerry Jones says Cowboys should see different Ezekiel Elliott in 2018

    Jerry Jones says Cowboys should see different Ezekiel Elliott in 2018
    4:00 PM CT
    Todd Archer
    ESPN Staff Writer

    GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Owner and general manager Jerry Jones believes that the Dallas Cowboys will see a different Ezekiel Elliott in 2018.

    From training camp last summer to the halfway point of the 2017 regular season, Elliott had to deal with the legal battles associated with his six-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Once the suspension went into effect, he spent six weeks away from the team and its strength and conditioning and athletic training staffs.

    "I think that not having to address that mentally and physically, not having to think about not only the interruption of the potential suspension and the suspension but just the physical interruption, the physical aspect of that," Jones said from the team's sponsorship golf tournament at Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas.

    "But from the standpoint of mentally, there is no question -- I'm 100 percent sure -- to not have that on your mind, to not have the ambiguity of not knowing timelines, those kinds of things, there's no doubt in my mind it will make a significant difference in how he can focus, how he can focus not only on the next practice but the next game and the entire season."

    During the season, Elliott and the Cowboys maintained that the running back was not affected by the process. In 10 games, he ran for 983 yards and seven touchdowns on 242 carries.

    He had at least 80 yards rushing in nine of the 10 games and had a three-game run in which he had at least 116 yards rushing. In his return from suspension, he ran for 97 and 103 yards against the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively.

    Since the Cowboys picked him fourth overall in 2016, Elliott has been the focal point of the offense. That will continue in 2018, with the release of Dez Bryant and the retirement of Jason Witten.

    "Yes, I think that I give him a big arrow [up] as to what his performance might be without the overhang of the issue he faced last year," Jones said of Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing with 1,631 yards as a rookie.

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    I have no excuses for posting this fluff piece...
    I was on the draft LVE train. I was for trading for Amari before it happened.
    'nuff said

  • #2
    Ol Jerry is marketing away so early.

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    • #3
      He'll be different all right.

      He'll be the second best RB in the division.

      Giants have someone younger, bigger, faster, just better.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by BipolarFan View Post
        He'll be different all right.

        He'll be the second best RB in the division.

        Giants have someone younger, bigger, faster, just better.
        lol you might end up being right, but your reasons are stupid.

        1) Younger...yep, by like what, a year and a half? That's definitely a difference maker.
        2)Bigger .... His legs aren't bigger than Zeke's. Zeke is built like a tank. I don't give a shit about total weight.
        3) Faster ... Yes, he's faster.
        4) Just Better.... you hear that guys? He's "just better" ...well shit dude, you convinced me.

        I'll bet you an avatar change after the season, that Zeke outrushes him.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by skidadl View Post
          Ol Jerry is marketing away so early.
          Of course Zeke is going to be different. He doesn't have a 6 game suspension hanging over his head every week. He won't be traveling to court every other week on a new motion. Seems like sort of obvious stuff to me.

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          • #6
            Barkley way more explosive as well.

            41 vertical vs 32

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            • #7
              Zeke was quite sluggish last year. I expect that to change.

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              • #8
                Barkley has the tools to be an all-timer. I'm not going to crown his ass yet since we haven't seen him in the pros. Therefore I'm not going to say with certainty - yet - that he's better than Zeke.

                Zeke is pretty great himself, so for Barkley to be better he'll pretty much have to be an all-timer. And if that's the case, there's no real shame in being 2nd best to an all-timer.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Genghis Khan View Post
                  Barkley has the tools to be an all-timer. I'm not going to crown his ass yet since we haven't seen him in the pros. Therefore I'm not going to say with certainty - yet - that he's better than Zeke.

                  Zeke is pretty great himself, so for Barkley to be better he'll pretty much have to be an all-timer. And if that's the case, there's no real shame in being 2nd best to an all-timer.
                  Barkley is also going to start his career with a shitty OL. Adding Hernandez alone is not going to fix that dumpster fire of a line.
                  2016 DCC LOTY Fantasy Football Champion

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Iamtdg View Post
                    Barkley is also going to start his career with a shitty OL. Adding Hernandez alone is not going to fix that dumpster fire of a line.
                    Exactly. And while Im impressed with Hernandez, he hasn't done anything yet to be so fearful of. This ain't no UTEP, baby.
                    defense wins championships

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                    • #11
                      So a continuation of the excuse-making seen in All or Nothing.
                      2014=2009, 2015=2010?

                      The Garrett Song

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Genghis Khan View Post
                        Barkley has the tools to be an all-timer. I'm not going to crown his ass yet since we haven't seen him in the pros. Therefore I'm not going to say with certainty - yet - that he's better than Zeke.

                        Zeke is pretty great himself, so for Barkley to be better he'll pretty much have to be an all-timer. And if that's the case, there's no real shame in being 2nd best to an all-timer.
                        Zeke has many of the same tools as Barkley. Some weaknesses Barkley has are Zeke strengths and vice versa.

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                        • #13
                          Every year we have an all world RB that is expected to be the next AP or LT or Zeke, and then doesn't. I bet Zeke's head is on straight this year and he kills it. Barkley may be great, but I don't see that line letting him be all world and he'll get beaten down in the end.

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                          • #14
                            Penn State RBs taken high seem to have been cursed since Curt Warner.

                            Blair Thomas, Ki-Jana Carter, and Curtis Enis failed through either injury or incompetence.

                            Barkley looks awesome though.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ravidubey View Post
                              Penn State RBs taken high seem to have been cursed since Curt Warner.

                              Blair Thomas, Ki-Jana Carter, and Curtis Enis failed through either injury or incompetence.

                              Barkley looks awesome though.
                              Yeah I really like Barkley. I'm not going to shit on the guy simply because he went to the Giants. But the NFL is littered with first round RBs who didn't work out. Guys like Cadillac Williams, Beanie Wells and Trent Richardson.

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