Dez Bryant, Ezekiel Elliott suggest Cowboys can thrive without Tony Romo
Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott are two players on the offensive side of the ball who will have to pick up the slack caused by the extended absence of Tony Romo.
But the superstar wide receiver and rookie running back nevertheless believe that not only will the Dallas Cowboys survive Romo being out for the foreseeable future, the team can thrive. And that’s even with rookie signal-caller Dak Prescott’s baptism by fire.
An “extremely excited” Dez Bryant — a consistent mood for him of late — says he “can’t wait” for the team’s first regular season game, a Sept. 11 showdown with division rival New York Giants.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Bryant said, via The Dallas Morning News. “We’ve been waiting all the way up to this point and it’s finally here next week. Getting things together, getting things rolling in the meetings, coming in early, that’s going to be fun. I just can’t wait.”
In so far as Romo is concerned, who suffered a fracture of a veterbra in his back, Bryant insists the team can still win football games.
“At the end of the game, we want to get that W on the board,” he said. “I think we’ve got the right guys to go get a lot of those Ws.”
The prevailing wisdom is defenses will load the box in an effort to shut down the running game and force the inexperienced Prescott to beat them. Bring it on, Elliott says.
“We got the best offensive line in the league, so we’re going to run the ball regardless,” Elliott said. “I think we have enough weapons on offense. I don’t think they can try to cut the running game or the passing game out. We got too many weapons.”
Romo’s injury obviously is a tough blow to the Cowboys’ prospects for success. And despite the positivity expressed by Bryant and Elliott, the Cowboys are asking a lot out of Prescott, who despite his solid preseason play, will be confronting an entirely different challenge when the regular season kicks off against the Giants.