Ezekiel Elliott expects “highest workload” of the year

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The Cowboys didn’t play running back Ezekiel Elliott in the regular season finale against the Giants, which head coach Jason Garrett said was intended to make him “fresher” going into the postseason.

It appears that plan worked out as intended. Elliott said on Tuesday that he usually doesn’t feel ready to play until Friday because of the lingering effects of the previous weekend’s game. Elliott feels “ready to go right now” this time around and he feels ready to do more than he’s done at any other point this season.

“Just knowing that we’re going into these playoffs, I’m going to have the highest workload I probably had all season,” Elliott said, via ESPN.com. “Just great, getting fresh and ready going into this last stretch of the season and ready for whatever they throw at me.”

Elliott averaged over 25 touches a game this season and topped out with 40 touches in the team’s Week 14 win over the Eagles. That game came after an extended break following a Thursday game, so Elliott may be right about what’s coming his way on Saturday night.

15 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott expects “highest workload” of the year

  1. Just do whatever it takes to win a super bowl. Run hard. Protect the ball. Get first downs. Block good. Carry out play fakes. Keep your defense off the field. Support your QB. That’s a huge workload. The great RB’s affect the game even when they don’t touch the ball. Do all the other stuff well and get out to a big lead. Then the carries pile up in the second half. Emmitt Smith.

  2. Garrett has been their coach since 2011, he has 1 playoff win in those 8 years. With them playing Seattle this week, I don’t see that # getting to 2 this year.

  3. All anyone talks about is Wilson vs Dak. The Seahawks are 19th in rushing defense. Zeke is going to torch them and keep Russel Wilson off the field.

  4. All anyone talks about is Wilson vs Dak. The Seahawks are 19th in rushing defense. Zeke is going to torch them and keep Russel Wilson off the field.


    Elliot and Carson both rushed for over 100 yards in week 3. Seahawks won by 11.

  5. Hopefully if Zeke can break some tackles an actually out run somebody maybe he can get less touches and more points.

  6. They didn’t need him in week 17 and scored 36 points. Maybe that’s the answer. It won’t matter though, they’ll still lose the wild card game.

  7. I expect both teams to run the ball as much as possible. If it stays close, expect it to continue into 4th quarter. Last team with ball at the end wins. Should be a competitive game. I’m looking forward to it.

  8. Are Cowboy fans really that juiced up over beating an out of the playoffs Eli Manning led Giants team last game of the season? It took a 4th and 15 miracle pass and a Giants organization that all the sudden decided to pass 4 downs in a row from mid field with over a minute left having timeouts and needing just a field goal to win. I’m pretty sure those play calls were made knowing Eli would solidify their best draft position.

  9. jackedupboonie says:
    January 2, 2019 at 2:55 pm
    Watch Seattle win the toss, score TDs on their first 2 drives and put Dallas in the hole 14-0 early. It’s the easiest way to control Zeke’s workload.

    I’ll take that bet all day long. If you think Seattle is going to have a cakewalk against the Cowboy defense you’re living in a fantasy world.

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