Most NFL owners don’t get into coaching details like whether a running back holds the ball properly, but Jerry Jones is not like most owners.
Jones defended Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott this morning on 105.3 The Fan, saying that Elliott holds the ball properly and that Elliott’s two fumbles this season aren’t an ongoing concern.
“He fundamentally carries the ball really sound,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “He carries it. He carries it up against him. We won’t get into all of that detail, but if you asked the question: Is he very sound in the way he holds the football? He is.”
Jones said the fumbles won’t result in Elliott getting less playing time.
“No. They will not, at all,” Jones said. “He’s a big man and he carries it properly. He does a good job of finishing, which means he’s trying to give the tacklers more than he’s getting in terms of how you absorb hits. All of that makes him a sound ball carrier fumbling wise.”
Jones didn’t spend the fourth overall pick in the draft on Elliott to give up on him after a couple fumbles. Jones believes in Elliott as much now as he did on draft day.