What the Cowboys can expect from Morris and McFadden
- As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Ezekiel Elliott will be suspended for the first six games of the season and the Cowboys will have to rely on the committee of Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and Ronnie Hillman to carry the load until his return.
- The Cowboys might be hurt the most in the passing game, Elliott’s standout 1.37 yards per route run led the team and was 19th in the league among running backs. While McFadden’s 0.94 YPRR was the second-lowest of his career and Morris’ 0.26 was the second lowest among running backs with at least 40 snaps in route in 2016.
- After struggling with the Vikings mid-season, Hillman was claimed by the Chargers to finish the year as the team tried to replace the injured Melvin Gordon. He ranked 11th in the league from Weeks 15-17 in breakaway percentage, percentage of runs that come from runs of 15 or more yards, at an impressive 41.5 percent.
- Morris did stand out in the Hall of Fame Game against Arizona, his 81.9 overall grade was fourth highest on the team as he forced four missed tackles on only seven carries. He only had six missed tackles forced rushing all last season.