Countdown to Camp: #98 Greg Ellis

With the addition of free agent defensive end Marcellus Wiley, Greg Ellis will move from the left side to the right side in 2004. That change alone should allow him more opportunities to get to the quarterback...

DE Greg Ellis
6-6, 277
North Carolina
Wendell, NC


Quick Bio
Greg Ellis, who signed a seven-year, $24 million extension last September, has averaged a respectable 8 sacks per year over the course of his past two seasons in Dallas. Ellis entered the league in 1998 out of North Carolina and has played both right and left defensive end during his 6-year career.
The Scoop
With the addition of free agent defensive end Marcellus Wiley, Greg Ellis will move from the left side to the right side in 2004. That change should allow him more opportunities to get to the quarterback considering the number of double teams he will face will be reduced dramatically. That move not only should help Ellis post even greater numbers this season, it should also give the Cowboys defense the opportunity to create more turnovers and big plays.

Key Points
  • Greg Ellis led the Cowboys in sacks in 2003 with 8 and finished 9th in the NFC in that very same category. Overall, he has now led the team in sacks in each of the last three seasons. While his overall tackle numbers were down last year (48), most experts agree that 2003 was his finest year wearing the silver and blue.

  • "He's pretty excited about it," said Bill Parcells of Ellis' move to the right side during the Cowboys' first mini-camp. "I know that he's wanted to play over there to see what he can do."

  • Although he hasn't posted the type of sack numbers that place him among the NFL leaders, Ellis efficiently produces the type of all-around game that makes him one of the NFC's most complete linemen. He's solid, if not unspectacular, however his move over to the right side could help his production reach the proverbial "next level."

  • Useless Greg Ellis trivia: with 8.0 sacks in 2003, Ellis moved into a tie with George Andrie for third all-time in franchise history with four seasons leading the Cowboys in sacks.

    Outlook
    Greg Ellis is an excited player entering his seventh year in the National Football League and rightfully so. For starters, he's coming off a strong season in 2003. He also feels as though he'll have the opportunity increase his production, and that the Cowboys defense will be one of the best in the league once again. Assuming he stays healthy, Greg Ellis could be in a position for a breakout year in 2004. While numbers are hard to predict, don't be surprised if the former North Carolina star approaches 10 sacks this season.

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