The Cowboys are changing their offense because of two recent Patriots signings
The Dallas Cowboys have started putting their plan together for their matchup with the New England Patriots this upcoming Sunday. Apparently, that plan factors in two recent Patriots’ signings – including one who has yet to play a snap for the team.
Speaking with reporters Monday morning, Cowboys offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer told reporters the team will alter their hand signals for Sunday’s game. Why? Because of the two recent Cowboys that are now on the Patriots’ roster.
Those two recent Cowboys are quarterback Will Grier and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Grier was on the Cowboys roster for the last two-plus years, having been acquired by the team during roster cuts in 2021. His run ended when he was waived at the end of this year’s roster cuts on August 29, after spending the full training camp with the team. The next day he signed with the Bengals’ practice squad, with the Patriots then signing him to their active roster last week.
Elliott wasn’t with the Cowboys at all this year, but was drafted by the team in 2016 and was one of the faces of the franchise for seven years. With the emergence of Tony Pollard, Elliott was released back in March.
Naturally, both players should know a lot about the ins and outs of the Cowboys’ offense. And that’s exactly what Dallas is worried about.
“We know Will knows where a lot of the bones are buried. We know Zeke does as well,” Schottenheimer said on Monday. “I’m sure [Grier] is definitely being interrogated.”
Will Grier and Elliott’s knowledge help give the Patriots an edge? Or will the changes the Cowboys are making to their offense negate any impact they’d have? We’ll find out on Sunday, when the teams kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET. Coverage of the game begins at 1:30 with Patriots Preview on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Patriots Radio Network.
Too close for comfort: 10 takeaways from the Patriots' win over the Jets
The New England Patriots’ first win of the 2023 season didn’t come easy – for the team or their fans.
On a dreary Sunday afternoon in New Jersey, the Patriots grinded their way to early 10-0 and 13-3 leads before having to hold on for dear life as the New York Jets tried to stage an improbable comeback. The Jets missed that comeback by their fingertips, as the Patriots went on to win 15-10, picking up their 15th consecutive win over their division rival.
Early on it looked like the Patriots were going to have the dominant performance many were looking to as a sign the team was back on track. On offense they scored on two of their first four drives – while getting into field goal position on a third – while defensively they held the Jets to -6 yards on their first four drives.
However, the momentum seemed to change approaching halftime. After a bungled end-of-half sequence saw the Patriots leave points on the board, the Jets came out in the second half and started moving the ball with some regularity. The emergence of a ground game opened things up for Zach Wilson, and the Jets ended up out-gaining the Patriots over the final 30 minutes, 130 yards to 117. That included a 13-play, 87-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter that might have been the best of Wilson’s career.
The Patriots responded to that touchdown drive with a safety, to go back up by more than a field goal. Still, the Jets found themselves in position for a late Hail Mary, with the batted ball slipping just out of the reach of wide receiver Randall Cobb in the end zone.
What can we learn, and what questions were raised from this very sudden nail-biter? Let’s go back to the end of the first half and get started.