|Offense||22nd||118.1 (9th)||216.9 (26th)|
|Defense||17th||120.9 (21st)||227.2 (5th)|
McFadden and Alfred Morris both saw their 2016 stock plummet when the Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4 overall. The rookie profiles as a three-down workhorse in the NFL, possibly even taking on such a role by Week 1. McFadden won't necessarily disappear from the offense, but it's quite possible that he merely ends up battling Morris and sixth round pick Darius Jackson for whatever scraps Elliott leaves behind. Granted, there might still be handcuff appeal in such a scenario, as the Cowboys have a phenomenal offensive line.
There isn't really anything else for Morris to say, as his declining production and modest contract don't leave him in a position to complain or make demands. He was previously expected to compete with Darren McFadden for early-down work, but it now appears Ezekiel Elliott will serve as the lead back. As a likely backup with limited receiving skills, Morris has a difficult path to fantasy relevance. McFadden, or even sixth round pick Darius Jackson, may end up as the preferred handcuff for the Cowboys' prized rookie.
Injuries have been a constant throughout Lee's six-year career, but it sounds like this latest operation is more of a cleanup procedure that shouldn't dim the linebacker's outlook heading into 2016. He's expected to start on the weak side again for the
The Dallas Cowboys selected Gathers in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 217th overall.
Gathers played basketball at Baylor and has interesting size at 6-foot-6, 273 pounds, but to Dallas he's just a blind swing for the fences.
Dallas selected Jackson in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 216th overall.
Jackson had an impressive final season at Eastern Michigan, and he followed it up with a truly elite showing at his pro day. At 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, Jackson ran in the 4.3-second range in the 40 and added jumps of 41 inches (vertical) and 133 inches (broad jump). If Dallas keeps four running backs, Jackson might put heat on Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris for backup consideration behind Ezekiel Elliott.
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