Ezekiel Elliott “all for” doing heavy lifting this season

AP

The Cowboys have several question marks at wide receiver and tight end heading into this season, which running backs coach Gary Brown believes will mean a lot of heavy lifting for running back Ezekiel Elliott to open the year.

It will also likely mean a lot of men in the box trying to force the Cowboys to go away from an established offensive strength.  In order to counter that approach, Brown said this week that he wants Elliott to be in the “greatest shape” of his life so that he is “ready to get a lot of carries” once the regular season gets underway.

On Thursday, Elliott signed on for Brown’s plan.

“I’m all for it, you know what I mean?” Elliott said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “A lot is asked from the running back for the Dallas Cowboys, a lot has been asked for me the past two seasons, and I think I’ve had some great strides this offseason getting ready to carry that workload this season.”

A heavy workload won’t be anything new for Elliott, who averaged over 24 carries a game last season after getting averaging 21 during his rookie season. That work came with more certainty in the receiving corps than the team enjoys this season, so it might be a good bet to take the over in what’s shaping up to as an Elliott-centric attack in Dallas.

31 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott “all for” doing heavy lifting this season

  1. RBs should be able to sign 2 year deals out of college. Their shelf life is so much shorter than any other position.

  2. BuckyBadger says:
    June 15, 2018 at 11:44 am
    RBs should be able to sign 2 year deals out of college. Their shelf life is so much shorter than any other position.

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    This would be an interesting way to handle the CBA and the disparity that exists between various positions. Of course, it helps the players more than the owners so it’ll never pass, but positionally dependent contracts would be a good thing.

  3. Oh but wait, I thought when he cut weight and changed his diet last year that he was supposed to be in great shape to carry the load? Now bulking up and doing heavy lifting(complete opposite)is going to prepare him for the heavy workload.

  4. bird2urmother says:
    June 15, 2018 at 12:10 pm
    Oh but wait, I thought when he cut weight and changed his diet last year that he was supposed to be in great shape to carry the load? Now bulking up and doing heavy lifting(complete opposite)is going to prepare him for the heavy workload.

    The story isn’t about weightlifting you eagles homer. It’s about him carrying more load than in past years. I understand rivalries but educate yourself man.

  5. Michael E says:
    June 15, 2018 at 12:21 pm
    Destroy the anti-American racist Eagles.
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    Imagine being so salty and jealous that you bring up a team’s patriotism and racism (?) in an article that has nothing to do with them

  6. How exactly did Dallas have more certainty in the passing game last year with Bryant and Witten both past their primes in 2017?

  7. I love that Dallas is so focused on having it’s best player be a RB, where the league has essentially gone away from the run and is a passing league – do they also wonder why they don’t win games and get to the playoffs?

  8. I see the Eagles being the class of the division then there is everybody else. Gruden has to win to keep his job, he won’t. The Giants have improved but I’m not sold on their offensive line being that much better. The kid from Penn Sate will help their offensive line more then Nate Solder will. Prescott is good not great and Dallas has no high end receivers. They will try to run and control the clock which only works when your ahead. None of the three have as good a defense or special teams then the Eagles. Can anything happen? Yes but a betting man looks at reality.

  9. officialgame says:
    June 15, 2018 at 1:26 pm
    I see the Eagles being the class of the division then there is everybody else. Gruden has to win to keep his job, he won’t. The Giants have improved but I’m not sold on their offensive line being that much better. The kid from Penn Sate will help their offensive line more then Nate Solder will. Prescott is good not great and Dallas has no high end receivers. They will try to run and control the clock which only works when your ahead. None of the three have as good a defense or special teams then the Eagles. Can anything happen? Yes but a betting man looks at reality.

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    Your are correct. The Cowboys will battle the Redskins for 3rd place in the division.

    1 – Eagles
    2 – Giants
    3 – Cowboys
    4 – Skins

  10. nhpats says:

    1 – Eagles
    2 – Giants
    3 – Cowboys
    4 – Skins

    1 – Eagles
    2 – Skins
    3 – Cowboys
    4 –Giants

    There, fixed it for you…….

  11. The Cowboys will try to recreate 2016 where the Cowboys dominated with their ground game with Zeke and their outstanding OL. To keep defenses honest, at some point the ‘Boy will have to pass some. I believe they can with the variety of receivers they currently have. No outstanding receiver, and no whining crybabies either. Just a lot of contributing receivers. I believe Beasley will be Dak’s go to receiver.

  12. His “good” is used up – I predict this season that he’ll be injured and that will be the end of his “good”; use him up – he is not remarkable in any way – and he’s not all that on the durability side.

  13. The Truth says:
    June 15, 2018 at 1:21 pm
    With the stiff under center he better get 50 carries a game
    ****************************************************************
    man o man o man, somethings never change, death, taxes and the turd ripping Dak.

  14. calizcowboyz says:
    June 15, 2018 at 4:08 pm
    1. Cowboys
    2. Eagles
    3. Giants
    4. Redskins

    FACT!

    You wouldn’t happen to be a delusional Cowboy homer.

    FACT!!!

  15. I’m sure he will get a ton of carries, as he is the only experienced back on the team and the coach has a conservative mindset. However, the Cowboys along with all other football teams in the world are driven by situations. Meaning that if they are down by 28 in the 2nd half, they are going to be throwing the ball. Same if it is 2nd and 14, 3rd and 8, 2 minute drill, etc.

    “Planning to run the ball a ton” is great, and I’m sure every football team hopes that to be true as that means you are either winning or “in” most every game. However, that remains to be seen – and I’m a Cowboys fan. The defense is REALLY going to have to step up and be one of the top units in the game for this to be the formula, IMO. Of course, I’m hoping that happens, but it remains to be seen, especially given the amount of potential wildcards.

    Any team that is truly dominant will run the ball a lot. In Dak’s rookie season, sure they had “committed” to running the ball, but they were also “in” or well ahead in pretty much every game. Elliott getting a ton of carries was more the effect as opposed to the cause.

  16. stop, dude is gonna get hurt facing 8 man fronts. dallas in for a rude awakening

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