Ezekiel Elliott campaigning for ‘normal workload’ in Week 2
The Dallas Cowboys limited Ezekiel Elliott’s reps in their season-opening win over the New York Giants, but the running back indicated this week he’s ready to go full throttle in Week 2.
Elliott was on the field for 37 snaps in the Cowboys’ 35-17 victory, carrying the ball 13 times for 53 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys’ decision to ease Elliott back into the offense of course came after his protracted holdout kept him away from the team for the entirety of training camp, not to mention most of the summer.
Now, Elliott believes it’s time for the Cowboys to let him run loose against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
“I think I’m ready now for a normal workload. Just depends on how (running backs coach Gary Brown) and Kellen (Moore) and coach Garrett are feeling on Sunday,” Elliott said Wednesday, per ESPN’s Todd Archer.
Whether or not the Cowboys accommodate Elliott’s wishes remains to be seen, but the running back did admit to some difficulty getting back into the flow in his first game back.
“There’s a difference in going out there running around and not being hit and then being hit and having to come back and do the same thing,” Elliott said. “So that takes a little bit more out of you but, I mean, I think I’m good.”
The Cowboys had no difficulty dispatching the Giants with ease in Week 1, even with Elliott’s limited reps. In all likelihood, Elliott’s usage in Week 2 will be dependent upon how much Dallas needs him to secure a victory over Washington, not his readiness.
After all, the Cowboys want Elliott — who has been heavily relied upon in his first three seasons — fresh for the stretch run later in the season.