Ezekiel Elliott shrugs shoulders at Giants making him their target

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Ezekiel Elliott listened patiently as a reporter told him what Giants safety Landon Collins said earlier Wednesday about the Cowboys offense.

“Put the ball into Dak’s hands, and I think we have a better shot at winning,” Collins said of the Cowboys’ quarterback, Dak Prescott.

It was not inflammatory, and Collins was not giving away a state secret.

Elliott led the league in rushing in 2016 and has provided 33 percent of the team’s yards in his 26 games since the Cowboys drafted him in the first round. Prescott has passed for fewer than 200 yards in seven of his past nine games.

So Elliott greeted the question with a shrug.

“I mean, I feel like that’s how every defense is going to play us,” Elliott said Wednesday. “I mean, we have a lot of playmakers on our side. Dak’s a playmaker himself. So just like I said, it comes down to what we do. If we go out there and execute, we stay on schedule, we will be just fine.”

Elliott’s 69 rushing yards against Carolina were the third-fewest in his 26 games. His two lowest came in the first game of his rookie season (20 carries for 51 yards against the Giants) and in the second game of last season (nine carries for 8 yards against the Broncos).

Elliott, who had no preseason snaps, was asked why he has seemed to get off to a slow start with one below-average game early in each of his three seasons.

“It does kind of seem like it’s been that way,” he said. “I mean, we’ve just got to get our rhythm. We’ve just got to execute. Our game plans are meant for us to be on schedule. We like to run the ball. It’s tough to run the ball when you’re second-and-17. That kind of takes the run out of the game. Now you’ve got to get back on track, and then you’ve got to convert a third down. As long as we stay on schedule, we should be good.”

13 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott shrugs shoulders at Giants making him their target

  1. Well, Jason Witten is gone so that doesn’t help. Cutting Dez didn’t help either. If he hadn’t been so adament about not taking a paycut he would still be on the team. They could have used him. Maybe he just wore out his welcome. I don’t see the Cowboys even getting to 8-8 this year.

  2. whenwilliteverend says:
    September 12, 2018 at 8:48 pm
    Well, Jason Witten is gone so that doesn’t help. Cutting Dez didn’t help either. If he hadn’t been so adament about not taking a paycut he would still be on the team. They could have used him. Maybe he just wore out his welcome. I don’t see the Cowboys even getting to 8-8 this year.

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    It is widely known that a paycut was never discussed, formally or informally.

    Witten was an awful receiver last year and was exposed with too much playing time. Cowboys legend and own several of his jerseys, time had just passed him by. Was no use in the passing game.

    That said, they didn’t really try to improve the receiving group much, and they probably have the worst WR/TE combo in the league. Dez and Witten wouldn’t have helped much, but fact remains, they are not good. The YAC numbers in week 1 were not promising and the only guy that looked to be a real contributor was Beasley – a guy with a pre-existing good chemistry with Dak.

  3. Game plan for every team that will play Dallas this year: look to eliminate Zeke and make Dak beat you. Obvious football 101. Landon Collins is saying exactly what we all know.

  4. It’s the coaches fault, Garrett and Linehan. First, they held Elliott out the whole preseason, so he never developed any rhythm with the offensive line. Second, Linehan will call a run on first down, then if he only gets 2-3 yards Linehan calls a pass on the next 2 downs. Linehan goes away from the run game every time he calls plays. This is why Linehan and Garrett have to go.

  5. suncawy says:
    September 12, 2018 at 10:10 pm
    It’s the coaches fault, Garrett and Linehan. First, they held Elliott out the whole preseason, so he never developed any rhythm with the offensive line. Second, Linehan will call a run on first down, then if he only gets 2-3 yards Linehan calls a pass on the next 2 downs. Linehan goes away from the run game every time he calls plays. This is why Linehan and Garrett have to go.

    Excuses. Didn’t seem to hurt the Rams all that much. Reality is that as usual the Cowboys celebrate players that just aren’t that good. Zeke may have something. But Dak absolutely does not. And I am not all that sure that Zeke is all that good either.

  6. My best guess is that Landon Collins will be disqualified for targeting an opposing player with his helmet. Zeke will infiltrate the GMen secondary after Dak has done a few to Beasley and Gallup. There will be a historic battle between Awuzie and O. Beckman.

  7. I feel that tbey players on the team are godd players but they are not being used to play to their own strengths,when Romo was with the team he ignored the play calling and did his own thing more than not. Dak can be good but his coaches suck piont blank!

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