'Hard Knocks' Power Rankings: Ezekiel Elliott, CeeDee Lamb among winners and losers from Episode 2

America’s Team is back, infant. Amid all sort of Dak Prescott injury news and an unfolding 2021 preseason, the Cowboys went back to TELEVISION on Tuesday night for the 2nd episode of this year’s edition of “Hard Knocks.” HBO’s yearly training school series, which runs weekly through Sept. 7 with a within take a look at the club’s preparations for the brand-new year, marks the 3rd time Dallas has actually been included on the program.

Who stood apart in Tuesday’s 2nd episode? Who requires some work for Episode 3? Here are the winners and losers:

The star running back didn’t get a lots of airtime compared to Episode 1, when he was a centerpiece. But he’s quickly the most amusing to see, in big part since he does not take himself too seriously. Consider how he contrasts with Mike McCarthy; yes, the head coach has a totally various task, however it’s far more enjoyable seeing Zeke laughing over sunflower seeds throughout the Cowboys’ preseason video game than McCarthy requiring the F-bomb into a toughen-up speech at camp. Thing is, Elliott’s goofiness does not imply he’s not invested, either; nobody was more delighted for preseason backups rattling off huge plays than him.

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We keep returning to the Penn State novice, just to ever see him straight-faced or slightly inflamed over preseason playing time. It’s good that Parson’s mommy is a faithful cheerleader, however even her existence hasn’t offered this No. 1 choice a deep or impacting story. Oh, and he obviously got schooled in chess by an uncomfortable Ben DiNucci.

What little bit we lastly got of Lamb was a few of this season’s finest things: An off-field commitment to candle lights, like the Sweet Berry Peony in his camp dormitory (“I’m high on smells,” he quipped); and a few of the acrobatic jumping catches that Cowboys fans and press reporters have actually ended up being familiar with at camp. Lamb’s emerging star power is genuine — a lot so that you would be excused if you forgot Amari Cooper belonged to the group till a wordless cameo on the preseason sidelines. Let’s hope we get more of CeeDee progressing.

Loser: Cowboys coaches

Broadening this from “Mike McCarthy” so as not to overdo the head male. Look, Mike is most likely a fantastic man, however in regards to reality-show product, well, it states something that Sean McVay’s cameo throughout the Cowboys-Rams joint practice was the most amazing part of Episode 2’s personnel focus. At least McVay imitated a Jon Gruden version. And then bad Aden Durde, the Cowboys’ D-line coach who got highlighted … since he has a British accent? And not just that, however needed to suffer through gamers’ impressions of it? Good for Durde making it from London, however that entire section was much better matched for the kiddos. Bonus points for Dan Quinn imitating the Cowboys remained in the divisional playoffs while supervising preseason snaps from the cubicle.

Now here’s a gamer profile that should have more attention and currently boasts some depth. Kamara, the 2020 undrafted Kansas pass rush, is a previous refugee who found out American football on the fly, and he didn’t have a pristine “Hard Knocks” launching: After inadvertently bumping backup quarterback Ben DiNucci in camp drills, he got the ire of every neighboring coach. But his short minute with household after the Cowboys’ preseason video game in Arizona was great things, as is his battle to show he belongs.

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