Ezekiel Elliott supports Cowboys' selection of OL Tyler Smith in first round of NFL draft

DALLAS — The Cowboys make a difference: Productivity, they understand, does not correspond to performance.

Winning records in the routine season do not presuppose postseason success.

The numbers do not inform the complete story.

The Cowboys went 12-5 and won the NFC East and led the league in overall offense (407 lawns per video game) and points (31.2 per video game) last season. But they stopped working to advance past the preliminary of the playoffs. They sputtered in crucial late-season video games versus Arizona and in the house wild-card loss to San Francisco. Their late-season offending rhythm dropped off from the well-oiled device they rode to an early six-game streak.

The Cowboys understand.

“At times last year we were so productive (but) there were a lot of highs and lows,” Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott informed U.S.A. TODAY Sports. “We got to make sure there’s not as many highs and lows and that as the season goes on, we’re slowly getting better.”

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott revealed his assistance for the Cowboys’ preparing of OL Tyler Smith in the preliminary.

Skill gamers will assist. The Cowboys return a healthy quarterback in Dak Prescott (ankle, shoulder, calf) and a healthy-if-not-yet 100% Elliott (PCL tear) to run along with Tony Pollard. Third-year receiver CeeDee Lamb is anticipated to be Prescott’s leading getting target after Dallas dealt four-time Pro Bowler Amari Cooper to the Browns. Depth will depend upon re-signed Michael Gallup, free-agent acquisition James Washington and third-round novice Jalen Tolbert. Tight end Dalton Schultz signed his franchise tender.

But the Cowboys saw enough packed runs and blown-up pockets to understand ability gamers will just presume without a sound line of skirmish. So they picked Tulsa offending lineman Tyler Smith with the 24th general choice in the NFL Draft.

“A big, athletic, physical man that’s going to play in a big, athletic, physical league,” Cowboys vice president of gamer of workers Will McClay stated.

Smith maybe wasn’t the fancy weapon or highly-touted Power Five gamer some fans longed for; he’s young, raw and had problem with combative charges last season. And yet, his characteristics, work principles and cerebral movie research study assure the Cowboys of his worth. They graded Smith 16th on their draft board, Cowboys owner and basic supervisor Jerry Jones stated, and they anticipate him to contend at left guard right away along with left take on after 32-year-old Tyron Smith’s stacking injuries end up being excessive.

Elliott supports the choice.

“From everything I’m hearing and seeing it sounds like he’s a good fit for our team,” Elliott stated Wednesday prior to a keynote Q&A at After-School All-Stars North Texas’ luncheon. “A guy who looks like you can play him at different positions. He looks physical, he looks like he has the type of mentality where he’s going to fit in with the guys already in that room.

“Just the ability to keep (Prescott) clean, give him the ability to go out there and go through his reads and throw the ball on time to the playmakers we have outside — that’s big. Establishing the run is big for our team and going to be important for us this year.

“I think the pick we made in the first round will help us.”

The Cowboys’ third-round choice of Tolbert should, too. Elliott stressed the significance of losing Cooper, who captured 68 passes for 865 lawns and a team-high 8 getting goals in 2021.

“Losing Coop — I mean that’s a lot of production,” Elliott stated. “That’s a great player we’re losing and a great connection Dak had.”

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Prescott is currently at work structure chemistry with brand-new targets and enhancing his connection with returning colleagues. He started developing connection with Tolbert even prior to the Cowboys picked him, the quarterback calling the South Alabama item for what Tolbert referred to as a 20-minute telephone call days prior to the draft. Prescott asked Tolbert if he might play ‘X’ receiver by himself in a three-by-one and whether he might prosper in the slot in between Lamb and Gallup, Tolbert stated. The novice stated he and Prescott, now his quarterback, “vibed immediately.”

They’ll have a possibility to officially continue that procedure in practices quickly, novice minicamp start May 13 followed by the Cowboys’ OTA practices introducing on May 24. Veterans have actually currently returned for movie research study and strength exercises. Elliott stated they’re stressing the “little things” and health. Elliott decreased to determine precisely where he is along the roadway to healing from his PCL tear however exposed he is “not rather 100%. “I think I’ll be there pretty soon,” he said.

Prescott’s health, too, is far cleaner than a year ago. Last offseason, Prescott was rehabilitating from two ankle surgeries; a latissimus strain on his throwing shoulder followed in training camp and a calf strain during Week 6.

“I think it’s going to be good for us for Dak to be able to work with some of these young receivers who are going to play like Simi (Fehoko) and we just picked up James Washington. A couple guys he might not have had as many reps with the past couple years he’s going to be getting familiar with,” Elliott stated. “It’ll benefit him to be out there getting associates with those men and getting familiarity with each other.”

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