Pro Football Talk hears that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott "has privately said" that he'll hold out of training camp absent a new contract. Zeke has made no public mention of a hold out. He still has 2 years left on his rookie deal, with salaries of $3.85 million this season and $9.09 million next. The problem for Elliott is that Dallas figures to prioritize re-signing QB Dak Prescott and WR Amari Cooper, who are both entering their final seasons under contract. Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson, meanwhile, hears that Elliott might ultimately show up to camp if he feels the Cowboys "are making a serious push to get an extension worked." We'll see where this goes over the next couple of weeks. We're not adjusting our projections for Elliott right now, but consider Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara safer picks at the top of drafts.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo hears that a suspension is not expected for Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott after Tuesday's meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell about an incident with a security guard at a Vegas music festival back in May. Garafolo described the meeting as more of a "warning" to Elliott, who's been no stranger to off-field drama. We're keeping Zeke at 16 games in our projections -- and he remains a top 2 pick across fantasy formats.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday to discuss Elliott's confrontation with a security guard at a Las Vegas music festival in May, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Elliott wasn't arrested or charged for the incident, but that doesn't preclude the league from handing down discipline. Elliott, of course, was previously handed a 6-game suspension for violating the league's personal-conduct policy. The Las Vegas incident doesn't seem like something that warrants a suspension -- but you never know with Goodell. We'll continue to monitor the situation.
Cowboys QBs coach Kellen Moore has been promoted to OC and will call plays in 2019, HC Jason Garrett said over the weekend. “I said to everybody, ‘I want those new ideas. I want them thought through far. And if they are not being implemented call me.’ But let’s get in there and do the kinds of things to get the most out of a very talented roster," owner Jerry Jones said. "Kellen has the skill and the right attitude and style to make this work.” This is a huge step for a guy who was a player just 2 years ago. Moore's play-calling ability will be a legitimate question mark heading into 2019.
The Cowboys have fired OC Scott Linehan. Dallas finished better than 14th in total yards or points in just 1 of Linehan's 4 seasons. And the offense took a big step back in 2018, ranking 22nd in both yards and points. We'll see who the 'Boys tab as Linehan's replacement. They have a young core in place with Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is officially inactive for today's game against the Giants. QB Dak Prescott and WR Amari Cooper are active, but don't bank on either guy playing much.
NFL Network's Jane Slater reports that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is not expected to play in today's meaningless finale against the Giants. RG Zack Martin won't play, either. And we're not expecting to see QB Dak Prescott or WR Amari Cooper. Per Slater, RBs Rod Smith and Darius Jackson will "split reps" in place of Zeke.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Monday that his team will go "all out" in this weekend's regular-season finale against the Giants. Dallas is locked into the NFC's #4 seed, so we'd be surprised if guys like Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper played much, if at all. In a meaningless 2016 Week 17 game, Elliott didn't play at all and Dak Prescott played just 15 snaps.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’s dealing with a sore ankle and bursitis in his knee but should be a full-go for Sunday night’s game against the Texans. Keep Zeke locked into fantasy lineups.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee, ankle) practiced on Wednesday and said he's "good" for this weekend's game against the Texans. “This is the freshest I felt after any Wednesday practice I’ve had,” Zeke added. He's reportedly dealing with a sore ankle and bursitis in his knee, but it doesn't sound like a major concern. Keep Elliott glued into fantasy lineups.
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said Monday that RB Ezekiel Elliott is dealing with "an ankle injury and bursitis in his knee." It's unclear when the injuries occurred, but Zeke played 77% of the offensive snaps and ripped off 240 total yards in Sunday's win over the Lions. We'll monitor his practice participation this week, but he should be fine for Sunday's game against the Texans.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been splitting out wide in camp, according to insider David Moore. It's all part of Dallas' plan to increase Elliott's role in the passing game. "I mean, yeah, they're asking me to do a little more, a couple of different things," Elliott confirmed. "But it's just kind of developing myself more as a route runner. In the past, I really wasn't asked to run as many complex routes but now I have a couple of more routes to add to my route tree. ... I think it's just an opportunity to elevate my game, an opportunity to show that I can do more." Elliott has averaged a massive 22.6 carries per game through 2 NFL seasons but a relatively modest 2.3 catches. There's room for that number to grow significantly in 2018, especially with the 219 targets left behind by Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.
Cowboys RB coach Gary Brown expects Ezekiel Elliott to play a bigger pass-catching role this season. "Now we don't have [as many proven pass-catching threats], so now obviously we're going to lean a little bit more on him," Brown said. "... We're going to get Zeke in some situations where he can catch the ball out of the backfield and make things happen as well." Elliott has seen a relatively modest 77 targets through 2 NFL seasons, but he's averaged a big 10.9 yards per catch. He's deserving of a bigger role in the passing game, and there are 242 targets up for grabs in Dallas with the departures of Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Brice Butler. Already a threat to lead the league in rushing, Zeke could push to lead all RBs in fantasy points with a boost in receiving production.
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett on Wednesday delivered a different message than owner/GM Jerry Jones seemed to earlier in the week. “Anybody who is healthy is going to play in this game,” Garrett said, per the team website. “If they’re not healthy, they won’t play in the game. If there’s a young guy who’s worthy of an opportunity, who’s earned that opportunity, he’ll get a chance to play in the ball game — and you’ll see that all throughout our roster. But we’re not just going to give a guy an opportunity because he’s young.” This situation is a prime example of why you should try to end your full-season fantasy league in Week 16. But if you're still going, you're probably going to want to play your primary Cowboys -- assuming they make sense.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested on Tuesday that his team might limit some starters and get younger players more snaps in this weekend's finale against the Eagles. "We should just see how the game goes, but we've got younger guys ... we have a need for them," Jones said. "We need to better understand their skills. But we'll just see how it goes." QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten are all candidates to play less than usual this weekend.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Ezekiel Elliott is withdrawing his appeal and serving his 6-game suspension. That will return him for the Week 16 game against the Seahawks. Elliott is obviously droppable in most leagues, but you'll have to decide whether it makes sense to stash him for that Week 16 clash. In the meantime, Alfred Morris looks like the lead fill-in. We'll see if that changes after a sluggish 1st game of rushing without Elliott, though.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's next legal hearing is scheduled for December 1. His team will appeal the Second Circuit Court's decision not to grant Elliott an injunction. Winning that would allow him back on the field. But that's considered a long shot -- and it's unclear how long it'll even take the court to make a decision. All signs point to Elliott remaining suspended through Week 15.
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