Sophomore jump: Can Cowboys take the next step with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott?


Much is expected this season from Dak Prescott, left, Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys (Alex Brandon/AP)

OXNARD, Calif. — Alfred Morris has seen this before. And if anyone knows the Dallas Cowboys cannot take anything for granted, even with such big things expected in the sophomore campaigns of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, it’s Morris.

Morris, now a backup tailback for the Cowboys, was a standout rookie for the Washington Redskins in 2012. Those Redskins had another dazzling rookie at quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Griffin was the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year. Morris was a 1,600-yard rusher. The Redskins won an NFC East title, and practically everyone figured that Griffin and Morris would be the franchise’s on-field cornerstones for a decade or so that would include multiple Super Bowls and all-pro selections. What could go wrong?

Plenty, as it turned out. Griffin’s Redskins career deteriorated quickly amid injuries, controversy and disappointing play. He’s now searching for his third NFL team. Morris had two more 1,000-yard rushing seasons in Washington but signed with the Cowboys before last season and was

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/08/04/sophomore-jump-can-cowboys-take-the-next-step-with-dak-prescott-and-ezekiel-elliott/

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