Ezekiel Elliott isn’t concerned about hitting the rookie wall

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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has never played 16 regular-season games, plus however many playoff games for which the Cowboys will qualify. So is he concerned about hitting the proverbial rookie wall?

He says, like most rookies, that he isn’t.

“I feel good, you know? I feel I’ve been taking good care of my body,” Elliott said Wednesday, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I feel fresh and just trying to stay on this routine, try to make sure I continue to stay fresh. I’m not really worried about a ‘rookie wall.'”

Given the team’s style of play, maybe he should be.

“I think the identity of the offense is just physical, being physical, going out there and wearing guys down and pulling away in the second or third or fourth quarter,” Elliott added. “We come out there and it’s pretty obvious we want to run the ball. Our game plan has been the same week in and week out. We try to run the ball, try to wear them down so in the third or fourth quarter they don’t want to be out there.”

It has worked incredibly well for Elliott, who is already closing in on a 1,000-yard season. But the Cowboys will need him to continue to perform at a high level over the balance of the year, if the Cowboys hope to get back to the conference title game for the first time since 1995 — and beyond.

19 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott isn’t concerned about hitting the rookie wall

  1. “…if the Cowboys hope to get back to the conference title game for the first time since 1995…”

    21 years, the ‘Boys last significant season is old enough to drink.

  2. There are a lot of veteran RBs who are out with injuries. It’s tough for any RB to make it through a 16 game schedule.

  3. A dominant running game is just like a dominant starting pitching staff.
    The running game helps keep the defense off the field and keeps them fresh, eats up the clock, makes it easier to throw, and demoralizes the other team because they can’t get off the field. Tick. Tick. Tick.
    A dominant starting pitching staff helps keep the bullpen fresh, takes pressure off the hitters not to feel like they have to score 6 or 8 runs a night to win and pressures the other team into feeling like they have to keep the score low if they want to win.

    The strong running game/strong starting pitching staff comparison works because both these styles of play make these teams intimidating to their opponents.

  4. He better be worried about carrying the ball 350+ times this season…. Especially if he plans on playing after the age of 25… because they just don’t build RBs like they used to!

  5. Cowboys are doing a good job of pacing him through the season and with Alf as the 2, it helps that he can sit a whole series out a few times throughout the game. Also the balance of the efficient pass game will give him significantly better fronts, rather than the 8 and 9 man looks he was seeing in the first couple of games.

  6. @ Jag1959,

    The Cpwboys are 7-1 THIS year, sice it is the present we are talking about. With that said, SB trophies are ageless, and the Cowboys have 5 of them. How many does your team have?

    By the way, your wine comment (old enough to drink) was amusing, but sounds more like a whine comment than anything else. Haters are simply in a twist due to a 7 game win streak and a D that has performed pretty well regardless of how strong the hate may be. Get used to it, bro.

  7. I really wish the staff would start scaling back some carries of his and getting Morris double digit carries per game. Not that we have wins in the bag, but Morris is a very talented back as well.

  8. jsrdc says:
    Nov 10, 2016 8:57 AM
    @ Jag1959,
    The Cpwboys are 7-1 THIS year, sice it is the present we are talking about. With that said, SB trophies are ageless, and the Cowboys have 5 of them. How many does your team have?
    _______________

    Four, one in each of the last 4 decades. ‘My’ team is responsible for the 1 in that 7-1 record.
    Hate? Get over yourself, we are talking football not religion. Divisional smack talk isn’t ‘hate.’ It’s what fans have been doing since well before millennials decided anyone that doesn’t agree with them is just a mean old hater.

  9. grantgoodman93 says:
    Nov 10, 2016 9:29 AM
    I really wish the staff would start scaling back some carries of his and getting Morris double digit carries per game. Not that we have wins in the bag, but Morris is a very talented back as well
    _________________________________
    He didn’t play in the 4th quarter last week. He had 18 carries.

  10. Alfred Morris is a good back, I don’t know why Dallas is using Elliot so much, they are going to wear the kid out. Morris could do just as much damage behind that o-line

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