Ezekiel Elliott built a reputation for being one of if not the best running back in the NFL during his first four seasons that including two rushing titles. However, Elliott’s production has taken a significant hit this season as his yards per game have dropped to 63.6 which is 21 yards below his 2019 pace.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined the K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan on Friday morning. When asked if there was any concern about the performance of his star running back he has this to say.
“I think you’re selling him short. Early, when we were full-blown on offense, he was making some things happen,” Jones said. “Those turnovers (at the beginning of the season) put a lot of focus on what he was doing. Still, I know the impact he has on opposing defenses. I know what I see him do, relative to the things he brings to football. His physicalness, his enthusiasm … he’s our best football player, he’s our best one. Having said that, we just got to have more chances to expose him to the defense, and we’re going to do that.”
Elliott averaged 92.5 yards in the first two games but only has one performance over 90 yards since and has yet to hit to 100-yard mark in 2020. Also, he fumbled five times in the first six games (the team lost four of them).
The two-time rushing champ is more focused on ending the Cowboy’s four-game losing streak than putting up huge numbers.
“I’m more worried about us winning football games,” Elliott said via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “I could care less about individual achievements and stats right now. … My main focus right now is just trying to win a football game.”
The Cowboys hit the road to face the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday. Not only are they currently on a three-game winning streak but they feature the league’s leading rusher in Dalvin Cook who has 465 yards and five rushing touchdowns in the last three games.
Even though Ezekiel Elliott is more focused on team success, he’ll want to perform well going up against one of the NFL’s best at his position in Cook.
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