Pro Bowl Recap: Ezekiel Elliott, Pass Rusher?


Pro Bowl week is complete.

The Cowboys-centric NFC squad – coached by the Cowboys' staff with six participating Dallas players – wrapped up their week in Orlando with a 26-7 loss to the AFC in Sunday's all-star game.

Some Cowboys highlights from a rainy Camping World Stadium:

-Ezekiel Elliott got involved in 'all three phases,' as Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett might say. In addition to his normal offensive duties (the league's rushing champ had three carries for a game-best 33 yards and two catches for 14 yards) Elliott ran a 22-yard fake punt for a first down and entered the game as a third-down pass rusher in the third quarter, drawing big smiles from Garrett on the sideline. Giants running back Saquon Barkley and Saints running back Alvin Kamara also got a little work as situational pass rushers. Elliott also took snap at quarterback on a read-option handoff in the first quarter.

-Quarterback Dak Prescott entered the game in the fourth quarter after NFC starter Russell Wilson (Seattle) and Mitch Tribusky (Chicago) took first- and second-team reps. Trailing 20-0, Prescott finally got the NFC on the board with a 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Austin Hooper (Atlanta) on fourth down. AFC cornerback Xavien Howard (Miami) picked off Prescott in the final five minutes with the NFC driving.

-Wide receiver Amari Cooper had one catch for eight yards from Prescott. He dropped a would-be wide-open touchdown from Prescott, but the offense would score later on the drive.

-Cowboys offensive assistant Kellen Moore appeared to handle NFC play-calling duties from the sideline. Moore served as Cowboys quarterbacks coach last season and is rumored to be a candidate for their offensive coordinator vacancy, though the club has yet to make any announcements.

Views of the Dallas Cowboys participating in the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL.

-Rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch led all players with seven total tackles, and he showed his range chasing down wide receiver Keenan Allen (L.A. Chargers) on a slant route in the first half. He soaked up every moment of his first career Pro Bowl trip, meeting childhood idols such as Seattle's Bobby Wagner.

-Fellow Cowboys defenders DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones also were part of the NFC's rotation. Lawrence started at defensive end and had one tackle and a tackle for loss.

-Former Cowboys tight end Jason Witten called the game with his ESPN "Monday Night Football" crew.