NFL teams have a habit of hazing rookies. In Dallas, rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott won’t have to worry about that.
“We need him,” Bryant told TMZ. “We need his mind to be right.”
Indeed they do. Elliott was taken fourth overall not to become a star running back in 2017, 2018, or 2019 but right away, as a rookie.
Bryant also said that the Cowboys have ended the practice of forcing first-year players to pick up gigantic dinner tabs. Six years ago, Bryant forked over $55,000 for a dinner at a high-end steakhouse, and he didn’t like it.
The Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin brouhaha of 2013 likely had an impact on the cessation of the practice in Dallas and elsewhere. Regardless of how it happened, it’s good new for Elliott and the rest of the Dallas rookies.