Lauren Lapaglia

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  1. Dallas Cowboys legendary receiver Michael Irvin has been a huge supporter of America’s Team this season. Focusing on the impressiveness of the rookie-led offense, Irvin has sung Dallas’s praises to the masses. Irvin expected a Super Bowl from this year’s Cowboys team. When they lost Sunday night in the divisional round of the playoffs to the Green Bay Packers, Irvin was crushed. "I am in a state of depression," Irvin said on 105.3FM The Fan, via Dallas Morning News. "Devastated. Really, really devastated. I told you before, in this state I just got to lay down and try to get past the moment. I find myself waking up and watching the game again. Like why am I watching the game still? There's nothing we can do about it now.” Irvin is not just upset the team lost. Rather, he’s upset because of how they lost. "I was expecting victory all day. I got in a state of doubt at 21-3 'cause it looked like, okay, this thing here is over," Irvin said. "But then they fought back so I was happy about that." "I hate to point it out because it's probably a small play," Irving began. "But at the end of that game when we got it all tied 31-31 and they had a few seconds left. I think it was Ty Montgomery, (Rodgers) gave the ball to [running back] Ty Montgomery for a pass or something. [Cornerback] Brandon Carr knifed in and he broke that tackle and he went running for another I don't know how many yards and he went out of bounds. "I said to myself, 'Darn it. That's the play. That's the play right there.' Because if you stop them there, maybe they call a timeout. But he got the extra 15 yards plus out of bounds to set up the play to Jared Cook." Many Cowboys fans have quickly moved on from the heartbreaking loss already. Choosing to focus on the positives, most of Cowboys Nation is excited to see what the future of this young team holds. Not Irvin. He’s still upset. "A lot of people are saying, 'What about next year? What about next year?' I'm not ready to start talking about next year right now. I'm still mourning this year. I'll move to next year sometime later on. Right now, probably at least through the Super Bowl, I'm just going to stay in mourning about this year."
  2. Dallas Cowboys legendary receiver Michael Irvin has been a huge supporter of America’s Team this season. Focusing on the impressiveness of the rookie-led offense, Irvin has sung Dallas’s praises to the masses. Irvin expected a Super Bowl from this year’s Cowboys team. When they lost Sunday night in the divisional round of the playoffs to the Green Bay Packers, Irvin was crushed. "I am in a state of depression," Irvin said on 105.3FM The Fan, via Dallas Morning News. "Devastated. Really, really devastated. I told you before, in this state I just got to lay down and try to get past the moment. I find myself waking up and watching the game again. Like why am I watching the game still? There's nothing we can do about it now.” Irvin is not just upset the team lost. Rather, he’s upset because of how they lost. "I was expecting victory all day. I got in a state of doubt at 21-3 'cause it looked like, okay, this thing here is over," Irvin said. "But then they fought back so I was happy about that." "I hate to point it out because it's probably a small play," Irving began. "But at the end of that game when we got it all tied 31-31 and they had a few seconds left. I think it was Ty Montgomery, (Rodgers) gave the ball to [running back] Ty Montgomery for a pass or something. [Cornerback] Brandon Carr knifed in and he broke that tackle and he went running for another I don't know how many yards and he went out of bounds. "I said to myself, 'Darn it. That's the play. That's the play right there.' Because if you stop them there, maybe they call a timeout. But he got the extra 15 yards plus out of bounds to set up the play to Jared Cook." Many Cowboys fans have quickly moved on from the heartbreaking loss already. Choosing to focus on the positives, most of Cowboys Nation is excited to see what the future of this young team holds. Not Irvin. He’s still upset. "A lot of people are saying, 'What about next year? What about next year?' I'm not ready to start talking about next year right now. I'm still mourning this year. I'll move to next year sometime later on. Right now, probably at least through the Super Bowl, I'm just going to stay in mourning about this year." View full NFL news story
  3. In his first career playoff loss, rookie Dak Prescott finally fully grasped what it means to win and lose as the leader of America’s Team. Although he was able to defy the constraints placed on rookies in the NFL, with the most passing touchdowns by a rookie in playoff history (3), in the end Prescott left AT&T Stadium with a heavy heart on Sunday night. The loss itself isn’t what hurt Dak the most.... Click the link below to continue reading this story.
  4. In his first career playoff loss, rookie Dak Prescott finally fully grasped what it means to win and lose as the leader of America’s Team. Although he was able to defy the constraints placed on rookies in the NFL, with the most passing touchdowns by a rookie in playoff history (3), in the end Prescott left AT&T Stadium with a heavy heart on Sunday night. The loss itself isn’t what hurt Dak the most. His emotions are more centered on the feeling of having let his team down. There are many free agents on the Dallas roster, and Prescott realizes he may never play with some of his teammates again. "That's the toughest part for me," Prescott said. "I've invested a lot in my teammates and the guys and the men they are. It sucks." When asked to give insight as to how the team managed the loss after coming back from an 18-point deficit, Prescott gave a simple answer. "The other guys just got the ball," Prescott stated in reference to the final moments of the game. "He [Rodgers] did what he's done his whole career and made plays. He's great. You just take your hat off to that guy. He's great. He's one of the best quarterbacks who has played this game in my mind. It was fun watching him.” Like the rest of the NFL, Dak was impressed with Aaron Rodgers’s performance, even though it meant that the Cowboys lost in the end. "I hated that it had to be against me, but that just shows how great he is. You give him some time, and he'll make you pay. It was a hell of a fight," Prescott said. "We just came up short.” Dak doesn’t see the loss as a bad thing. He wants to use it to fuel the team to go out and continue to prove themselves next season. "It's going to allow the chip on our shoulder, the chip on my shoulder, just to grow and us to get better and improve. “ With the playoff run having been cut short for Dallas, Dak and the rest of the Cowboys are already preparing for 2017. The team has had a “right now” mentality since day one of training camp, and “right now” they can work towards next season. "As coach said, the only thing that matters is what we do now. What I do to make myself better, what I do to help my teammates get better that are going to be on this team in the future. Just stay focused.” How does the rookie think 2017 and beyond will go for the Dallas Cowboys? "We'll make plenty more runs." Teammates Jack Crawford and Jason Witten agree with Dak being ready to get back to work already. “I don’t think I’ve seen any moment in my career where as soon as the season ends everybody’s ready to go back to work,” Crawford said, “because we’ve got that determination and that hunger.” “Destiny waits on no man,” Witten chimed in. “It doesn’t, especially in this game. View full article
  5. Since Tony Romo took over as starter for Drew Bledsoe in 2006 when the Dallas Cowboys are mentioned…so too is Romo. Initially hailed as the Savior of the Cowboys, Dallas fans have always had mixed feelings toward Romo due to his playoff record and quantity of interceptions. Despite his stats and team-records, Romo has been a fixture in the Cowboys locker room. Now with rookie Dak Prescott as the clear leader and starting quarterback for the Cowboys, it’s unsure as to what the future holds for the veteran QB. It’s been rumored Romo might play somewhere like Denver or that he might even stay in Dallas as backup. Most NFL teams that would need a quarterback like Romo would not have the talent in their offensive line to protect him, which makes leaving Dallas highly unattractive to someone as competitive as Romo. On the other hand, teams with a more talented offensive line (and money to afford Romo) would most likely be unwilling to take the risk given Romo has only played in parts of five games over the last two seasons. Romo’s best friend and teammate Jason Witten has been open about feeling heartbroken for Romo since early in the 2016 season. Although like the rest of the team he didn’t want Romo to become a distraction, as a friend, Witten hates to see him dealing with such a challenging situation. After the Cowboys loss to the Packers, Witten shared how he felt about Romo’s future with the Cowboys. “I haven’t had a chance to reflect on that,” said Witten. “I’m sure in the next few weeks we’ll have time to talk. I really haven’t had a time to talk about that with him. But I’m proud of him and how he handled that. Going back to when he had his press conference, and the way he was able to kind of take the lead and eliminate the distraction for our football team, that wasn’t easy to do. I think we’re all better because of that.” Witten and Romo have grown up together on the team. They’ve witnessed each other get married, have children, and have been roommates for road games. Regardless of if Romo goes or stays, it’s a certainty that Witten and Romo will remain close.
  6. Since Tony Romo took over as starter for Drew Bledsoe in 2006 when the Dallas Cowboys are mentioned…so too is Romo. Initially hailed as the Savior of the Cowboys, Dallas fans have always had mixed feelings toward Romo due to his playoff record and quantity of interceptions. Despite his stats and team-records, Romo has been a fixture in the Cowboys locker room. Now with rookie Dak Prescott as the clear leader and starting quarterback for the Cowboys, it’s unsure as to what the future holds for the veteran QB. It’s been rumored Romo might play somewhere like Denver or that he might even stay in Dallas as backup. Most NFL teams that would need a quarterback like Romo would not have the talent in their offensive line to protect him, which makes leaving Dallas highly unattractive to someone as competitive as Romo. On the other hand, teams with a more talented offensive line (and money to afford Romo) would most likely be unwilling to take the risk given Romo has only played in parts of five games over the last two seasons. Romo’s best friend and teammate Jason Witten has been open about feeling heartbroken for Romo since early in the 2016 season. Although like the rest of the team he didn’t want Romo to become a distraction, as a friend, Witten hates to see him dealing with such a challenging situation. After the Cowboys loss to the Packers, Witten shared how he felt about Romo’s future with the Cowboys. “I haven’t had a chance to reflect on that,” said Witten. “I’m sure in the next few weeks we’ll have time to talk. I really haven’t had a time to talk about that with him. But I’m proud of him and how he handled that. Going back to when he had his press conference, and the way he was able to kind of take the lead and eliminate the distraction for our football team, that wasn’t easy to do. I think we’re all better because of that.” Witten and Romo have grown up together on the team. They’ve witnessed each other get married, have children, and have been roommates for road games. Regardless of if Romo goes or stays, it’s a certainty that Witten and Romo will remain close. View full NFL news story
  7. In a popular video series, YouTube personality Cameron “Scooter” Magruder has re-enacted what it’s like to watch the Cowboys play each game. Throughout the course of the series one phrase has remained the same throughout, “Dan Bailey: Automatic.” (See :34 of the video below.) Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey was 27/32 in 2016 giving him an 84.4% completion percentage which is the lowest of his career. Heading into 2016, Bailey was considered the most accurate kicker in the NFL, ending his 2015 by completing 93.8% of his field goal attempts, which included being 19-19 from 39 yards or closer. So why was 2016 such an off year for Bailey? According to NFC DFW Channel 5 Bailey herniated a disc in his back after winning against San Francisco in Week 4. Bailey was not listed on the injury report, but instead played through his injury the entire season. On Monday Bailey met with team doctors to determine the best course of action for treatment. The injury might require surgery in offseason and if the team wants to give him the most amount of recovery time possible, they will need to decide which route to go quickly. A surgery could greatly affect Bailey’s kicking ability, and thus the team will make sure to weigh every outcome before proceeding. Bailey was a part of postseason history on Sunday in the divisional round of the playoffs. Never in postseason history had there been two or more 50-yard field goals at any time during a matchup. Even in regular season, there had never in NFL history been more than two 50-yard field goals in the fourth quarter of any game. Packers kicker Mason Crosby made two of those field goals from 56 and 51 yards, but in between, Dan Bailey connected for a 52 yard field goal, his career long for post season.
  8. In a popular video series, YouTube personality Cameron “Scooter” Magruder has re-enacted what it’s like to watch the Cowboys play each game. Throughout the course of the series one phrase has remained the same throughout, “Dan Bailey: Automatic.” (See :34 of the video below.) Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey was 27/32 in 2016 giving him an 84.4% completion percentage which is the lowest of his career. Heading into 2016, Bailey was considered the most accurate kicker in the NFL, ending his 2015 by completing 93.8% of his field goal attempts, which included being 19-19 from 39 yards or closer. So why was 2016 such an off year for Bailey? According to NFC DFW Channel 5 Bailey herniated a disc in his back after winning against San Francisco in Week 4. Bailey was not listed on the injury report, but instead played through his injury the entire season. On Monday Bailey met with team doctors to determine the best course of action for treatment. The injury might require surgery in offseason and if the team wants to give him the most amount of recovery time possible, they will need to decide which route to go quickly. A surgery could greatly affect Bailey’s kicking ability, and thus the team will make sure to weigh every outcome before proceeding. Bailey was a part of postseason history on Sunday in the divisional round of the playoffs. Never in postseason history had there been two or more 50-yard field goals at any time during a matchup. Even in regular season, there had never in NFL history been more than two 50-yard field goals in the fourth quarter of any game. Packers kicker Mason Crosby made two of those field goals from 56 and 51 yards, but in between, Dan Bailey connected for a 52 yard field goal, his career long for post season. View full NFL news story
  9. PFWA Select Zeke and Dak for Rookie Honors

    The Pro Football Writers Association has selected Ezekiel Elliott as Rookie of the Year as well as Offensive Rookie of the Year. In receiving the OROY award, Elliott joins three other Cowboys’ rookies who have won: Emmitt Smith (1990), Tony Dorsett (1977), and Calvin Hill (1969). Here’s what the NFL PFWA had to say about Elliott winning Rookie of the Year: Elliott wasn’t the only Dallas player to be honored by the PFWA. They also selected Dak Prescott as the quarterback for their All-Rookie team. Prescott was the sixth quarterback taken in the 2016 draft, but by far the most impressive this season. This season, Dak contributed 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns, and only four interceptions giving him a rating of 104.9. Here's the entire All-Rookie team as selected by the PFWA. Offense QB – Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys RB – Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys; Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears WR – Sterling Shepard, New York Giants; Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints TE – Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers C – Cody Whitehair, Chicago Bears G – Joe Thuney, New England Patriots; Laremy Tunsil, Miami Dolphins T – Jack Conklin, Tennessee Titans; Taylor Decker, Detroit Lions Defense DL – Joey Bosa, San Diego Chargers; DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers; Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs; Yannick Ngakoue, Jacksonville Jaguars LB – Jatavis Brown, San Diego Chargers; Leonard Floyd, Chicago Bears; Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons CB – Vernon Hargreaves III, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars S – Karl Joseph, Oakland Raiders; Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons Special Teams PK – Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints P – Riley Dixon, Denver Broncos KR – Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs PR – Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs ST – Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs On Monday, the PFWA also announced its’ All-NFL, All-AFC and ALL-NFC teams. Four Cowboys were selected to both the All-NFL and All-NFC teams. Ezekiel Elliott, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, and Tyrone Smith were awarded spots on both teams. You can see the remainder of the members of the all three teams on the PFWA website here.
  10. The Pro Football Writers Association has selected Ezekiel Elliott as Rookie of the Year as well as Offensive Rookie of the Year. In receiving the OROY award, Elliott joins three other Cowboys’ rookies who have won: Emmitt Smith (1990), Tony Dorsett (1977), and Calvin Hill (1969). Here’s what the NFL PFWA had to say about Elliott winning Rookie of the Year: Elliott wasn’t the only Dallas player to be honored by the PFWA. They also selected Dak Prescott as the quarterback for their All-Rookie team. Prescott was the sixth quarterback taken in the 2016 draft, but by far the most impressive this season. This season, Dak contributed 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns, and only four interceptions giving him a rating of 104.9. Here's the entire All-Rookie team as selected by the PFWA. Offense QB – Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys RB – Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys; Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears WR – Sterling Shepard, New York Giants; Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints TE – Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers C – Cody Whitehair, Chicago Bears G – Joe Thuney, New England Patriots; Laremy Tunsil, Miami Dolphins T – Jack Conklin, Tennessee Titans; Taylor Decker, Detroit Lions Defense DL – Joey Bosa, San Diego Chargers; DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers; Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs; Yannick Ngakoue, Jacksonville Jaguars LB – Jatavis Brown, San Diego Chargers; Leonard Floyd, Chicago Bears; Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons CB – Vernon Hargreaves III, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars S – Karl Joseph, Oakland Raiders; Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons Special Teams PK – Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints P – Riley Dixon, Denver Broncos KR – Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs PR – Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs ST – Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs On Monday, the PFWA also announced its’ All-NFL, All-AFC and ALL-NFC teams. Four Cowboys were selected to both the All-NFL and All-NFC teams. Ezekiel Elliott, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, and Tyrone Smith were awarded spots on both teams. You can see the remainder of the members of the all three teams on the PFWA website here. View full NFL news story
  11. Since day one of Cowboys’ training camp at Oxnard, CA in July, the Cowboys have had one mantra, “FIGHT.” They’ve continued to live and breathe a lifestyle of hard work and perseverance through every step of Dallas’s 13-3 season. In his first ever career playoff game, Prescott had an opportunity to show his mettle. The Cowboys were down 21-3 by halfway through the second quarter. In a game that demonstrated what’s to love about the NFL, Dak led his team to a heartbreaking 34-31 loss. Prescott noted that it’s just who they are as a team. “We don’t give up,” Prescott said. “We’re not going to stop no matter what the score is, no matter the game. It shows the true character of this team.” Dak made sure to give credit to the Dallas fans for their part in helping push the team. “It was a great atmosphere. AT&T (Stadium) was amazing today, the fans,” he said. “It was a great game all the way around. Just hate to be on the losing end, obviously.” Even though the game ended in a loss, Dak isn’t letting it get him down. He called the game a “dream” and pointed out that this is only the beginning for this young team’s successful future. “But this is game that I dreamed as a little kid of playing in. I plan to play in many more of them.” Head coach Jason Garrett was impressed with Dak’s performance, but took time to address some of the issues that contributed to the loss. "He was fantastic," Garrett said via NFL.com's Marc Sessler. "I thought he handled the situation well. When you're down 21-3, it's easy to start getting out of yourself and doing things that are uncharacteristic. In so many ways, it was positive. Not the ideal start, but again, the guys battled back and demonstrated who they are." “Offensively, I think as much as anything else, there were a couple of self-inflicted wounds,” Garrett said. “We had a good first drive, went right down the field and kicked the field goal. The second drive, we had a big play that came back because of a procedural situation. It was a 15-yard penalty that got us behind the sticks and all the while, they were up and down the field. I felt like we were in good rhythm offensively. We just had a couple of things that got us behind the chains and forced us to punt.” Even Aaron Rodgers had to give props to Dak for his fierce performance. "The guy is outstanding. A phenomenal year. The Cowboys have a bright future with Dak Prescott," Rodgers said via Mike Fisher of the 105.3 The Fan. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones also had a little to add about his impression of Dak’s first playoff experience. “He was everything that you could dream about if you had a make believe situation on a rookie quarterback,” Jones said. “He played in a veteran way.”
  12. Since day one of Cowboys’ training camp at Oxnard, CA in July, the Cowboys have had one mantra, “FIGHT.” They’ve continued to live and breathe a lifestyle of hard work and perseverance through every step of Dallas’s 13-3 season. In his first ever career playoff game, Prescott had an opportunity to show his mettle. The Cowboys were down 21-3 by halfway through the second quarter. In a game that demonstrated what’s to love about the NFL, Dak led his team to a heartbreaking 34-31 loss. Prescott noted that it’s just who they are as a team. “We don’t give up,” Prescott said. “We’re not going to stop no matter what the score is, no matter the game. It shows the true character of this team.” Dak made sure to give credit to the Dallas fans for their part in helping push the team. “It was a great atmosphere. AT&T (Stadium) was amazing today, the fans,” he said. “It was a great game all the way around. Just hate to be on the losing end, obviously.” Even though the game ended in a loss, Dak isn’t letting it get him down. He called the game a “dream” and pointed out that this is only the beginning for this young team’s successful future. “But this is game that I dreamed as a little kid of playing in. I plan to play in many more of them.” Head coach Jason Garrett was impressed with Dak’s performance, but took time to address some of the issues that contributed to the loss. "He was fantastic," Garrett said via NFL.com's Marc Sessler. "I thought he handled the situation well. When you're down 21-3, it's easy to start getting out of yourself and doing things that are uncharacteristic. In so many ways, it was positive. Not the ideal start, but again, the guys battled back and demonstrated who they are." “Offensively, I think as much as anything else, there were a couple of self-inflicted wounds,” Garrett said. “We had a good first drive, went right down the field and kicked the field goal. The second drive, we had a big play that came back because of a procedural situation. It was a 15-yard penalty that got us behind the sticks and all the while, they were up and down the field. I felt like we were in good rhythm offensively. We just had a couple of things that got us behind the chains and forced us to punt.” Even Aaron Rodgers had to give props to Dak for his fierce performance. "The guy is outstanding. A phenomenal year. The Cowboys have a bright future with Dak Prescott," Rodgers said via Mike Fisher of the 105.3 The Fan. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones also had a little to add about his impression of Dak’s first playoff experience. “He was everything that you could dream about if you had a make believe situation on a rookie quarterback,” Jones said. “He played in a veteran way.” View full NFL news story
  13. Sunday afternoon was one of the most heartbreaking moments in 27-year-old wide receiver Cole Beasley’s life. Seemingly devastated after the Cowboys 34-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers, just 12 hours later Beasley found something to smile about. Early Monday morning Beasley and his wife Kyrstin welcomed their second son into the world. The couple’s older son Ace is still a toddler, so with the Cowboys earlier than expected exit from the playoffs, Beasley will have plenty of extra time to adjust to the challenges of life with two small children. The Beasley's have yet to announce their newest edition's name yet.
  14. Sunday afternoon was one of the most heartbreaking moments in 27-year-old wide receiver Cole Beasley’s life. Seemingly devastated after the Cowboys 34-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers, just 12 hours later Beasley found something to smile about. Early Monday morning Beasley and his wife Kyrstin welcomed their second son into the world. The couple’s older son Ace is still a toddler, so with the Cowboys earlier than expected exit from the playoffs, Beasley will have plenty of extra time to adjust to the challenges of life with two small children. The Beasley's have yet to announce their newest edition's name yet. View full NFL news story
  15. Emmitt Smith has been vocal about his opinion of Ezekiel Elliott from day one of the rookie stepping onto the Cowboys’ field. He’s tweeted, made comments, and personally called and spoken with Elliott about his excellence on the field. Yet again, the Cowboys’ best running back of all time is singing the praises of the 21-year old 2016 rushing title holder. “This kid here is not afraid of the spotlight, and he has proven that time and time again,” Smith stated. “At the national championship, he’s proven it. At the professional level, he’s proven it. He’s not afraid of success. He wants it. He welcomes it. Smith was clear that Elliott’s confidence is 100% a positive thing. “And that’s not being arrogant. That’s just saying, I know I can do my job and I can do my job better than the next guy." While watching highlights from Elliott’s season, Smith told reporters via ESPN’s Jean-Jacques Taylor about how impressive what Zeke can do on the field really is. “You have sell it, give the illusion you’re actually [sprinting], but you’re not,” Smith expressed. “You’re getting the defense to move and you’re giving your offensive linemen a chance to actually get on blocks and get up to the second level. And once you see it, hit it. After going on and on about Elliott’s talent, he reminisced about how much he has grown over the course of the past five months. Recalling Zeke’s performance the following weeks, Smith said, “He was accelerating to the hole, but there was no hole. He developed the patience in Game 2 and 3; you could see it start to come. He’s been dominating ever since.” “He has the potential to bring the running back back,” Smith stated. “Or maybe he’s the one.” Smith has had high hopes for Elliott since he was drafted. Just look at this tweet Emmitt sent out the day after the draft in April: Elliott is looking forward to finally get on the field for playoffs. After taking off Week 17 as well as resting during the Cowboys’ hard earned bye week, Zeke is chomping at the bit to get back to playing football. “I just love competition. That’s me,” Elliott said. “I’m a competitor. I love going out there with high stakes and everybody’s watching -- all eyes and ears, that’s fun to me.” Zeke isn’t afraid of what awaits him on Sunday for the divisional round of the playoffs. He relishes the competitive nature of the playoffs and he plans to take his game to the next level to get ready. “The game picks up in the playoffs. I’m going to pick my game up too.”