There is optimism in Dallas that the Cowboys running attack, led by Ezekiel Elliott, will once again be as dominant as it has been in recent years.
The 2020 season was disappointing for the Dallas Cowboys on multiple fronts. The running game, and in particular the performance of Ezekiel Elliott, was one of them.
However, within the atmosphere of optimism that is breathed in Dallas for the return of the quarterback Dak Prescott; for the full recovery of other injured such as Tyron Smith, La’el Collins, Blake Jarwin, Leighton Vander Esch; newbie onboarding Micah Parsons; and the arrival of the new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn; there is also an aura of hope that Elliott retrieve your signature from All-Pro, and the ground attack of the Cowboys become as dominant as in previous years.
“‘Zeke‘It looks great, “said the Prescott to the Dallas Morning News. “He’s in the best shape of his life. He looks fast. Everyone has seen videos of him training on his own with his running coach. His cuts, just how explosive he is. Excited to have a full year with him again, and keep him healthy throughout the season. “
The videos that the quarterback refers to are those that he has shared Elliott –who has led the NFL in rushing yards and carries in two of his five seasons— of your personal work sessions in high school.
With everything and the return of all the names listed above, and even though Prescott – recently signed a $ 160 million four-year contract that makes him the second-highest paid player in league history – is hands down the face of the franchise, the running game, and thus Elliott, remain central to the aspirations of the Cowboys.
The drop in level Elliott –a three times selected at Pro Bowl and once All-Pro first team— it cannot be denied. Not long ago, Zeke accompanied the mythical Jim Brown as the only running backs in game history to have a running average of more than 100 rushing yards per game. However, his averages per game fell to 84.8 in 2019, and a mediocre 65.3 in 2020. Also, his shot count dropped dramatically. Last season, he added 244 carries, in 15 games; In 2017, when he played only 10 games due to suspension, he added 242. They are the only two seasons of his five as a professional in which he has not reached 1,000 rushing yards and, interestingly, they are his two seasons with the lowest average. by haulage.
With everything and that, Elliott holds a very respectable fifth place among the best rushing yards per game averages for a career, at 89.9, surrounded by pure members of the Hall of Fame. After Brown (104.3), are Barry Sanders (99.8), Terrell Davis (97.5), Eric Dickerson (90.8), Elliott Y Walter Payton (88.0).
And despite a down season, Elliott —who is tied with Alvin Kamara for the second-highest average annual salary in the league, among running backs, and only behind Christian McCaffrey– continued to lead the Cowboys with 82 first downs, and was fifth in the league in carries.
“When Zeke is healthy and Zeke he’s doing his thing, he’s the best running back in the league, “he told the Dallas Morning News, Prescott, who arrived at the Cowboys in the same Draft 2016 what Elliott. “It’s just exciting to see him in the best signature of his life, or the best form he’s ever been in. NFL. That will be special for us in the future. “
Until the substitute of Elliott, Tony Pollard, has noticed the spark in the starting running back’s game this offseason.
“He’s definitely been focused,” he told the Dallas Morning News, Pollard, who according to the newspaper, has been participating in private sessions with Elliott. “I can tell you that he has taken a step forward in the offseason, fixing his diet and getting in shape. Me and him (sic), you know, we work a lot this offseason. So we are both focusing on the offseason and getting ready. “