Ezekiel Elliott: I can’t fumble anymore

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Last Sunday’s game between the Browns and Cowboys looked like it was going to be a seesaw affair until a pair of turnovers in the second quarter.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott lost a fumble on a sack to set up one Browns touchdown and Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott lost another to set up a second score. The Browns eventually opened up a 41-14 lead and held on for a 49-38 win.

It was the third straight game with multiple turnovers by the Cowboys and the third time that Elliott has fumbled the ball this season. This fumble came while he was sitting on a Browns defender at the end of a run and Elliott said Wednesday that he “kind of eased up” because he thought he was down.

“I can’t give up the ball anymore. . . . It hurts,” Elliott said, via the team’s website. “I look at myself as a leader for this team. And I look at myself as someone who’s supposed to help pick the team up when we get down and not be the cause of falling behind.”

The Cowboys have scored 109 points the last three weeks, but nine turnovers have left them playing from behind for the majority of games and they’ve only been able to climb out of the hole once. Finding a way to end that pattern against the Giants will be the top priority for Dallas this weekend.

25 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott: I can’t fumble anymore

  1. Is Zeke a bust now that he got paid or is McCarthy just not using him? I guess they’re always playing catch up with that defense.

  2. Good, Zeke. Now apply that same creed to your personal life….because you been fumbling off the field your entire life.

  3. He was probably a bit too anxious to do that ridiculous “mommy, feed me” thing he thinks is so cool.

  4. I hope the HC is making you carry the football around 24/7 since last Sunday. Hold onto THAT BALL.

  5. nhpats2011 says:
    If the Cowboys want to win then they should be giving Elliott at least 30 carries per game…
    ==

    Zeke Elliott is still one of the league’s very top backs, but he’s running behind a patchwork and ever-revolving line, not the granite wall he had in front of him two seasons ago.
    People beg for him to get the ball more because his averages on a low number of carries are fairly high. But that’s because opposing teams know the Cowboys love to pass and game-plan accordingly.
    Start feeding Elliott like it’s 1976 and defenses will adjust quickly. Behind this line, with his fumbling issues of late, I doubt you’ll see huge production out of him if the Cowboys try to ride him as a workhorse.

  6. It’s a good thing they paid all that money to Zeke and Dak and Cooper and Lawrence and ignored the defense. Soon enough that best OL in the NFL will be reduced to a bunch of scrubs. Then let’s see how great Dak and Zeke and Cooper are when they’re losing because their defense sucks and their offense is sputtering…..wait, the future is now. Losing to the Browns is embarrassing.

  7. when you hit that hole you absolutely have to cover up that rock with 2 hands. guys who play too long running in zone concepts with a stiff arm out can forget about this.

  8. nhpats2011 says:
    October 8, 2020 at 10:52 am
    If the Cowboys want to win then they should be giving Elliott at least 30 carries per game…
    eir
    Sounds suspiciously like someone that has Elliott on their fantasy football team.

  9. Not a fan in general, but at least he owns his mistakes rather than just whining to get the ball more.

  10. Should have paid Dak before paying Zeke. Take some of your cash, hire Emmitt to teach you how to hold onto the ball

  11. They just paid him $1 million for 54 yards, no TDs, and a fumble.

    Wonder how many years of annual income for a typical American family that adds up to?

  12. “Is Zeke a bust now that he got paid or is McCarthy just not using him?”
    _____________

    Why not go with a little bit of both? They overpaid for a position where most guys have very short peaks AND picked up a coach who isn’t nearly as smart as he thinks he is.

  13. Maybe instead of worrying about his “branding” and trying to trademark “Feed Me”, he should trademark “No More Fumbles”.

  14. “Zeke Elliott is still one of the league’s very top backs, but he’s running behind a patchwork and ever-revolving line, not the granite wall he had in front of him two seasons ago.”

    If Zeke needs a granite wall to produce, he’s not “one of the league’s very top backs”. He should be able to produce when the line is struggling and he’s supposed to carry the team.

    Every year Dallas is made out to be this superstar team and every year they fall flat. Let’s come to the conclusion that they are an average team with average coaching, if that.

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