Ezekiel Elliott ‘all for’ another heavy workload in third NFL season
Ezekiel Elliott says he’s “all for” yet another heavy load in his third season as the Dallas Cowboys’ workhorse running back.
Elliott has consistently put up 20-plus rushing games in his first two seasons. While that is expected to continue, the Cowboys plan to get Elliott more involved in the passing game. Suffice to say, Elliott is eager for the increased workload.
“A lot is asked from the running back for the Dallas Cowboys,” Elliott said at Thursday’s minicamp practice which marked the end of the Cowboys’ offseason program, via SportsDay. “A lot has been asked from me over the last two seasons. I’ve had some great strides this offseason, getting ready to carry that workload this season.”
Elliott amassed a whopping 622 touches in his first two seasons with the Cowboys, with 564 rushes and 58 receptions. And that came with Elliott missing six games during the 2017 season due to suspension.
The Cowboys have made it clear the team expects Elliott to avoid off-the-field issues in 2018, thereby allowing him to better focus on an increasing his role as a team leader, something he eagerly accepts. After all, there is a leadership void now on the Cowboys with the departure of Dez Bryant and the retirement of Jason Witten.
Elliott appears to be taking the added responsibility seriously, saying Thursday he and Dak Prescott hope to get players together during the team’s summer break ahead of training camp.
“I think we definitely need to do that this offseason,” Elliott said. “I’ve already started talking to Dak about it because we have a lot of young receivers and guys with a lot of skill that don’t have much experience in the pros.
“I think if they want to make the impact that they could make this season, then they’re going to have to come and work these next five weeks. They’re going to have to come in and throw with Dak. It’s going to be important for us to put in some work these next five weeks.”