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Ezekiel Elliott: Two fumbles bigger deal than any good things I did

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 18: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against cornerback Bashaud Breeland #26 of the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedExField on September 18, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Cowboys turned to Alfred Morris at running back down the stretch in Sunday’s victory, but it wasn’t just to get the former member of the Redskins a chance at a touchdown that would beat his old team.

Morris was the only back on the field in the final 6:56 of the game, a run that started after rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott fumbled for the second time in the game. Right tackle Doug Free recovered that one, but the Cowboys lost the ball the first time Elliott put it on the ground.

Elliott’s fumbles came after he’d gained 83 yards on 21 carries. That marked a better day for Elliott, who also scored a touchdown, than he had in the season opener, although that wasn’t his focus when the game was over.

“It really doesn’t matter what I did,” Elliott said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I had those two fumbles, and that’s what was important.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that the Cowboys weren’t concerned that fumbles will be an ongoing issue for Elliott, who fumbled four times on 650 college touches. Morris will be on hand should those feelings change as the year unfolds.

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19 Responses to “Ezekiel Elliott: Two fumbles bigger deal than any good things I did”
  1. rmaxmaicon says: Sep 19, 2016 11:47 AM

    ZEKE will be fine…needs to learn how to be more patient. Also would like to see him bounce more to the outside when the middle gets clogged. Not sure why Cowboys aren’t using him more in the passing game either

  2. patsxsaintsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 11:57 AM

    Alfred Morris looks better the cowboys would’ve been better off taking Ramsey. I’m not saying he won’t be a good player but you could’ve gotten a RB next year when cook and the guy from Lsu who’s name I won’t even try to spell is in the draft.

  3. jag1959 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:05 PM

    Well he’s a lot more honest in his assessment than most of his team’s fans that had him in the HoF before the season even started, we’ll have to give him that

  4. vikingsdefineaverage says: Sep 19, 2016 12:06 PM

    patsxsaintsfan says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:57 AM
    Alfred Morris looks better the cowboys would’ve been better off taking Ramsey. I’m not saying he won’t be a good player but you could’ve gotten a RB next year when cook and the guy from Lsu who’s name I won’t even try to spell is in the draft.
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    The same Dalvin Cook who was a non-factor against Louisville?

    The same Jalen Ramsey who gave up over 100 yards to Travis Benjamin yesterday?

    I know it’s easy to hate Dallas but don’t make yourself look stupid in the process

  5. sportoficionado says: Sep 19, 2016 12:08 PM

    Zeke stepped off of the plane with 8 to 9 men in the box. He hadn’t even ran 1 yard in a regular season game before the target was put on his back, just think about that for a minute. A rookie rb garnering that much attention? it is only a matter of when and not if, this kid starts hurting defenses on a regular basis.

  6. dalfanforever says: Sep 19, 2016 12:08 PM

    He’ll be alright. But at least he knows this can’t continue. He could have cost us big. He’ll get there, but to help his learning, Alf needs to get more touches to keep other teams off balanced some.

  7. abninf says: Sep 19, 2016 12:19 PM

    If you stop smoking dope, like I know you are doing now, then your mind will be clearer and you’ll be able to better concentrate on protecting the ball.

  8. wahoo21 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:22 PM

    this is the NFL and everybody is trying to strip the ball….he will learn and Dallas will be better because of it.

    I give him props for owning it

  9. eazeback says: Sep 19, 2016 12:35 PM

    WASTE OF A PICK…..morris is clearly the better back and hes only a 4 yr vet so he’s still got plenty tread left on his tires

    dallas is obligated to play the kid because we took him at 4

  10. bassplucker says: Sep 19, 2016 12:53 PM

    Their 4th overall pick stunk, and their 4th-round pick played lights out. The draft really is a crap shoot, isn’t it?

  11. daaabears says: Sep 19, 2016 1:08 PM

    In old school days, rook would have had to carry that football everywhere he went all week, 24/7. And any time a team mate passed by he would try to punch it out.

  12. patsxsaintsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 1:17 PM

    @vikingsdefineaverage Ramsay having a bad game doesn’t take away the fact that Alfred Morris is running the ball better than zeke. RB wasn’t a position of need and the Cowboys still addressed it and zeke had a bad game against one team last year also but I don’t watch college football enough to know what team it was on. On Benjamin’s deep touchdown davon house was in coverage not Ramsey and considering Benjamin ended the game with 115 I don’t think Ramsey gave up 100. But it is easy to make yourself look stupid when trying to insult others.

  13. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 1:36 PM

    A strong runner with plenty of potential. I could not believe the size of his head when he was on the sidelines and took his helmet off after the first fumble.

  14. vikingsdefineaverage says: Sep 19, 2016 2:18 PM

    patsxsaintsfan says:
    Sep 19, 2016 1:17 PM
    @vikingsdefineaverage Ramsay having a bad game doesn’t take away the fact that Alfred Morris is running the ball better than zeke.
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    Alfred has had 12 carries this season…….

  15. thegenghiskahn88 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:07 PM

    Zeke will be alright. When those deep balls start connecting, defenses will be careful about loading up the box so often.

  16. t.linn says: Sep 19, 2016 3:22 PM

    So far, there’s nothing to suggest this guy is going to be anything special. I get the feeling that at the end of the season we’ll be talking about how one season is too small of a sample size to call this guy a bust.

  17. manofaiki says: Sep 19, 2016 3:39 PM

    I don’t know why I read the comments. 2 games into his pro career, the bust sign already being hung around his neck by stupid people.

    Were these the same people crowing how 2nd year pro Winston in TB had arrived after that WK 1 big win over Atlanta?

  18. demskinsbaby says: Sep 19, 2016 4:47 PM

    Doesn’t look like your job is as easy as you thought…

  19. knowledgeoverpower says: Sep 19, 2016 7:26 PM

    Zeke will be fine. He’s only played in 2 NFL games though so whether it’s a busted pick or not remains to be seen. The truth is simply Morris is running the ball better whether it’s because of his experience, vision, or better understanding of NFL defenses, I’m not sure but he is running the ball better. The Cowboys can’t possibly give him more carries than Zeke at this point in the season though, it could kill Zeke confidence and show that the front office possibly wasted another pick. My thought is if a guy is not going to be the next AP then pass and address a position of need so high in the draft may DE or DL.

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