After months of speculation on what would happen to Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliot after he was being accused of an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred last season, league commissioner Roger Goodell finally dropped the hammer.
Elliot will be suspended for the first six games of the 2017 regular season, even though he has not been charged or arrested for anything. The reaction throughout the media in regards to this topic varies. Some folks are writing the Cowboys 2017 campaign as a lost cause. Check out what the guys from FS1’s Speak For Yourself had to say about Elliot’s upcoming suspension.
Five out of the Cowboys first six opponents have outstanding defenses that could give the team some issues early on. However, I believe that they can weather the storm without the presence of Ezekiel Elliot in the lineup.
Stepping in for Elliot will be running backs, Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris. Both of these guys have had success playing with other teams in their careers. Two seasons ago the Cowboys front office decided to let free agent running back DeMarco Murray sign with the Philadephia Eagles for a five-year $42 million dollar contract.
The rushing attack had the same massive offensive line to run behind, but the 2015 season was a complete disaster. The Cowboys may have a dominant O-line in front of them, but when the quarterback position is riddled with injuries like it was in 2015, this football team will not be successful plan and simple.
The Cowboys will survive without the services of Ezekiel Elliot, is because they have Dak Prescott under center as their starting quarterback. The presence of having Prescott in the Cowboys line up will take a lot of pressure off of the running game to make things happen during the six games that Elliot will be suspended. The personnel on the Cowboys roster are more mature than what folks are giving them credit.
Dak Prescott is light years ahead of a lot of young quarterbacks in the leadership department. This football team may face significant adversity at the beginning of the season, but I believe they will be one of the ball clubs that have the potential to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl this season.
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