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Dallas Cowboys – new pass rusher, Jayrone Elliott

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Just when you thought the Cowboys had enough edge rushers, they surprise us by adding another one. On Sunday, the Cowboys traded a 2018 conditional seven-round pick for the fourth year outside linebacker (Green Bay runs a 3-4 defense), Jayrone Elliott.

After a 16 sack career at the University of Toledo, Elliott went undrafted in 2014 and signed with the Packers. Hustle Belt had this to say about him coming out of college:

Elliott may not be the biggest name out of the MAC, but he anchored the league, and one of the nation’s, best pass rushes in 2013. The outside linebacker/edge rusher totaled 70 tackles in 2013 and 14 tackles-for-loss to go along with nine sacks, while earning first team All-MAC. He also forced five fumbles.

Elliott really took a leap in his senior year. Before that he was an average defensive lineman. As a junior the Cleveland native recorded six sacks and seven tackles for loss. As a freshman and sophomore, the former 3-star OLB prospect, saw limited success.
Here is what our sister site, Acme Packing Company shared when he signed with the Packers:

Jayrone Elliott

Position: Outside Linebacker

School: Toledo

Height: 6-3

Weight: 255 pounds

Elliott recorded 70 tackles, including 9 sacks in his senior season with the Rockets and earned All-MAC honors. His measureables don’t really jump out: 4.7 forty-yard dash, 31-inch vertical jump, 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, but his production on the field does.

Elliott looks like a natural fit to be an edge rusher from the outside linebacker position. From his film against Northern Illinois, he displayed great pursuit of the ball carrier, decent hand placement and rush moves, and was a firm tackler. He had to bring down Jordan Lynch in the open field a few times in that game, and was up to the task. Obviously, Lynch isn’t nearly as elusive as the talent at the NFL level, but Elliott appears to be able to stand his ground against blocks, shed the blocks, and wrap up the ball carrier on a regular basis.

Elliott made a great first impression for Green Bay, tearing it up in the preseason of his rookie season where he recorded five sacks. It was enough to earn a spot on the Packers roster. He has played 38 games for Green Bay over his three seasons in the league, but hasn’t started in any of them.

Green Bay fans were hoping for a breakout season for Elliott this season.

In the last two seasons, Elliott has played in 310 snaps, so he has averaged one sack per 77.5 snaps. That’s right where Peppers was when he was with the Packers (75.1 snaps) and that is a much better average than Matthews (127.4 snaps).

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talked about Elliott this week during the NFL annual meetings and he said Elliott has a chance to do some big things this upcoming season.
He’s been quiet so far this year as he’s been dealing with back spasms.

With two of the Cowboys defensive ends starting the season suspended, Elliott could serve as an extra body to fit into Rod Marinelli’s rotation. He’ll also come in handy on special teams as he’s been a key contributor on ST for the Packers.

Article Source: bloggingtheboys.com

Thursday’s Cowboys and Texans preseason game has been cancelled

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The NFL has shifted course and has cancelled the preseason finale between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

This has been a devastating week for the city of Houston. Hurricane Harvey has caused an unimaginable level of damage, and it’s rippled into some NFL proceedings.

The Houston Texans have been practicing at The Star in Frisco this week due to their inability to get home to Houston, and the preseason game in which they were scheduled to host the Dallas Cowboys this Thursday was officially moved to Arlington. All proceeds were intended to go to relief efforts, but the game has now been cancelled altogether according to sources.

By all measures both the Cowboys and Texans have handled this situation in the best way possible. With the storm finally moving past Houston and flood waters starting to recede, it’s now possible for the Texans players, coaches, and staff to make it home to Houston. This is a need that understandably takes priority over a meaningless preseason football game.

It’s hard to imagine the mental toll this week has had on those involved with the Texans. They held their training camp in West Virginia and had a preseason game in New Orleans this past Saturday, so they’ve already been home sparingly since practices for the 2017 season really began. We can all empathize with that feeling.

For those wondering what will happen to the tickets already sold for the game, over 40,000 had been sold as of Wednesday morning, there is an answer. Those who have purchased tickets can either choose to get a refund or donate what they paid to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

In a football sense, the Dallas Cowboys have now reached the end of their preseason. They did ultimately get to play four games as they were featured in this season’s Pro Football Hall of Fame game, so they have a normal set of data to work with. They must now begin the trim down to the mandated 53-man roster with their last set of data being last week’s preseason win over the Oakland Raiders.


Article Source: bloggingtheboys.com