Every NFL offseason is the same. The 32 teams spend the spring and summer months adding to their roster through the draft and free agency, hoping to take the next step closer to a Super Bowl run. Sometimes the moves do work out. Other times they don't. That's just the nature of the sport.
Fortunately, the Cowboys fall into the first category after their 40-0 season-opening win over the New York Giants. Dallas has one of the deepest, most well-rounded rosters in the league and will only look more dangerous once the offense starts picking up.
As America's Team prepares for a Week 2 date with the Jets, here's a look at three Cowboys offseason moves that already look genius.
3 Cowboys Offseason Moves That Look Genius
3. Moving On From Ezekiel Elliott
A huge chapter in the franchise's history came to a close in the offseason when the Cowboys released long-time starting running back Ezekiel Elliott. It wasn't an easy move for many fans to swallow considering that Zeke racked up over 8,200 rushing yards and 68 TDs over seven seasons with Dallas.
But it was also the right move to make.
Elliott had been declining for the last few years and it looks like his best years are behind him. That was made evident in his New England Patriots debut as well as he rushed for 29 yards with a fumble on 7 carries while averaging just 2.8 receiving yards on 5 catches.
Meanwhile, Tony Pollard more than proved that he can be the top guy in the Cowboys' backfield. The former 2019 fourth-rounder tallied 70 yards on 17 carries (5.0 yards per attempt) and even found his way into the end zone twice.
On top of that, the rest of the RBs proved that they could fill Elliott's void. Rico Dowdle went for 24 rushing yards on 6 carries while KaVontae Turpin recorded 25 scrimmage yards on 5 opportunities (3 carries, 2 catches) and even scored a 7-yard TD late in the fourth quarter.
As the season cotinues, it's going to be even clearer that parting ways with Elliott was the right call.