Cowboys ready to lift all restrictions on Ezekiel Elliott in Week 3
After playing it somewhat cautious with Ezekiel Elliott in Weeks 1 and 2, the Dallas Cowboys are set to remove all rep restrictions for the superstar running back on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
The Cowboys understandably limited Elliott’s touches in the team’s first two games, as the running back had just returned from a protracted holdout that kept him away from the team during the offseason as well as training camp.
According to Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, Elliott has shown enough over the past two weeks for the team to remove the proverbial training wheels that have so far limited his reps.
“This is our third game,” Moore said this week, via The Dallas Morning News. “I think he’s at that point where we’re pretty much playing this thing out at this point. It was good those first two weeks just to be aware of it and then also trust Zeke’s response and how he feels and all those things and just balancing that stuff out.”
Elliott was on the field for 54.4% and 76.8% of the Cowboys’ plays in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively. Before those two games, Elliott has never failed to play in at least 80% of the team’s plays in a game.
Further, a majority of Elliott’s plays in Weeks 1 and 2 came in the first halves, although that conceivably could have had as much to do with how well the Cowboys were playing as the games progressed in victories over the Giants and Redskins.
Moore indicated the Cowboys will still look to spell Elliott with rookie back Tony Pollard. Odds are, however, that Elliott being relegated to the sideline will become less frequent as the season progresses.
In other words, after campaigning for more action in Week 2, Elliott will finally get his wish in Week 3.