Dallas Cowboys Candy Group 1
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup – Dak Prescott
The undisputed top candy of my roommates’ choosing (can’t say I disagree with them either), goes to one of our favorite players on the team, Dak Prescott. Every time you open a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, the awe-inspiring mix of chocolate and peanut butter coexist to create perfection. (Ok not really but Reese’s is PRETTY good)
The mix of Prescott’s elite passing ability with his mobility in and outside of the pocket not only make him one of the best players on his own team, but across the league. It also isn’t often Prescott has a bad game, much like how it isn’t often you have to chow down a peanut butter cup of the poorest quality. Prescott is consistently good and when he has a great game, fans alike cherish the moment. It might be concerning that I feel VERY similar to a non-seasonal candy but I devour sweet things on the regular.
I did contemplate putting Zack Martin because I think he is the best player on the team but Prescott just felt too important to not select.
M&M’s – Ezekiel Elliott
Elliott’s start to the season has been EVERYTHING you expect from a running back who got paid $90 million.
Sarcasm aside, not only are M&M’s are a good candy because of their texture and taste, but also because they come in so many options. The regular and peanut options are common concession stand pickups but if you go to your nearest gas station you can buy white chocolate, pretzel, caramel, crispy (my favorite), dark chocolate, and several more.
For as mundane as it has been watching Elliott play for the Cowboys over the last 5 seasons, Elliott has been good and durable not just with respect to the team but also compared to the rest of the league. In 2016, we saw an explosive Elliott who was a good second-level block from a home-run. In 2019, we saw an effective between-the-tackles runner even if he lacked explosiveness and contact balance. In 2020, we thought we saw a more elusive and stronger Elliott before he forgot how to use his hands.
However, not only is the multiplicity of his game reflected in his running style, but also in how he can be used. Elliott is still the best pass-blocking running back in the league, he can catch passes out of the backfield or past the line of scrimmage, and he’s capable of running in Power and Zone blocking schemes.
M&M’s aren’t a great comparison for 2020 Ezekiel Elliott but considering what he’s done thus far in his career, I think it is fair.
Snickers – Amari Cooper
You’re not you when you’re hungry! A popular slogan that been done over and over and OVER again in commercials. (Weirdly most are still kinda funny) Amari Cooper is a very good receiver on a very good receiving corp. His ability to line up in the slot and outside along with his diverse route tree and route-running ability make him such a usable asset for seemingly any offense.
Snickers are a similarly versatile candy. You can eat the bar as is, you can eat the Snickers ice cream bar, you can throw them on other desserts, and they’re perfect trade material after you’ve gone trick-or-treating and are trying to trade candies with your friends.
Amari Cooper is so dynamic in all areas of the field lined up from anywhere on the line of scrimmage. He can give you a 7 yard gain to keep you ahead of the sticks or he can give you a 50-yard boost if you’re looking for a necessary boost.
However, like the slogan says “you’re not you when you’re hungry.” For some reason throughout his NFL career, there seem to be moments when Cooper is either injured or doesn’t show the consistent competitive toughness of someone you’d expect from a former Top 5 pick.
However, when he’s in the zone Cooper is undoubtedly a top 10 receiver in the league.