Ezekiel Elliott studying Marshall Faulk, hoping to catch more passes

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Ezekiel Elliott is working on becoming a more complete player.

Elliott told the Dallas Morning News that he’s been studying film of Marshall Faulk, perhaps the best receiving running back in NFL history, because Elliott wants to have that kind of role in the Cowboys’ passing game.

“I think it’s just an opportunity to elevate my game, an opportunity to show that I can do more,” Elliott said. “I’m excited. I’m just here to do what the coaches ask me. Whatever they put on my plate, I’m going to do the best I can to go out there and execute and do my best. I mean, yeah, they’re asking me to do a little more, a couple of different things. But it’s just kind of developing myself more as a route runner. In the past, I really wasn’t asked to run as many complex routes but now I have a couple of more routes to add to my route tree.”

Elliott had 32 catches for 363 yards in his rookie year, and 26 catches for 269 yards in his second year. If he could increase his production as a receiver while continuing his production as a runner, that would be a big addition to the Cowboys’ offense.

16 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott studying Marshall Faulk, hoping to catch more passes

  1. Best and most dangerous running back in the NFL with the best online in the NFL. Zeke is going to be putting up some serious numbers in both the passing and running game. Basically they are daring teams to stack the box to stop the run now, Zeke Austin Touchdown Cowboys!

  2. Not utilizing Zeke in the passing game is one of the more baffling decisions the team has made recently. They have said that although he would be great in the passing game, they are worried about getting him more involved. Which, incidentally, must be the reason they don’t run Dak, either.

    If Linehan continues the uber conservative, no-frills approach to a power offense, I wouldn’t be surprised to see 2017-level results again. Many would blame those failures on Dak. The coaches just do not believe in the element of surprise.

  3. Zeke’s a great RB. Not so sure he is the best in the game, but definitely top 3 with Gurley and Bell. He’s a better runner than Bell, but not better out of the backfield or in pass protection as Bell. Either way, I don’t think there are many teams who wouldn’t want him in their backfield.

  4. calizcowboyz says:
    August 13, 2018 at 1:04 pm
    Best and most dangerous running back in the NFL with the best online in the NFL. Zeke is going to be putting up some serious numbers in both the passing and running game. Basically they are daring teams to stack the box to stop the run now, Zeke Austin Touchdown Cowboys!

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    8-8 coming up

  5. Y’all lost the soul/back bone of your club in Jason Witten, Dez was put out to pasture and now clubs will indeed stack the box and take away “Zeke” and dare Dak to beat them with his arm and poor decision making. Plus the “dominate o-line”???? Not so sure about that one kids…….other than that start planning your parade route.

  6. After one year and a 10/16th of another year is he still the same RB? I hope so but RBs usually have brief careers in the NFL. We are gonna find out in about 4 weeks!

  7. They are a run first team, he can only handle so many passes with the number of touches he will get running the ball.

  8. Well, he could be doing a lot worst things. Studying one of the best is not a bad way to learn. Not a huge fan of his, but Zeke does have all the talent in the world and if he focuses and studies more, he will be scary good.

  9. Zeke knows this also adds value to his upcoming contract. He sees the money RBs are getting. You have to be on the field all downs to get the big bucks. That means, running, pass pro and receiving skills. I honestly think he can do all three…It also appears that Zeke has matured since his last issues.

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