Ezekiel Elliott’s latest update is expected to cause great concern among Cowboys fans
Dak Prescott deserves immense credit for helping the Dallas Cowboys get off to a 6-1 start. However, the superstar quarterback added three losses to his NFL resume this month, largely due to issues beyond his control.
Aside from Dan Quinn’s defense who failed to show up against the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders, Ezekiel Elliott’s limited impact also played a role in Mike’s team’s disappointing record. McCarthy from 1 to 3 in November.
Unfortunately for Cowboys fans, the latest update on the team’s star running back should be of great concern.
Ezekiel Elliott has moved in the wrong direction in recent weeks
Like virtually everyone in the Dallas offense, Ezekiel Elliott started the season on a tear. At the end of a lackluster 2020 campaign that included 979 rushing yards, the lowest in his career, the highly paid back has racked up five touchdowns in his first five games.
However, Elliott has seen his production and usage drop since carrying the ball 21 times for 110 yards in a Week 5 win over the New York Giants.
In fact, things turned from bad to worse.
After averaging 5.1 yards on 10 carries in a Week 9 loss to the Broncos, Elliott amassed 2.93 yards per carry in a resounding victory over the Atlanta Falcons. He followed up with a rather unimpressive night against the Kansas City Chiefs that included 32 rushing yards and 36 receiving yards on 46 snaps.
Although Elliott found the end zone in Dallas’ Thanksgiving Day loss, he couldn’t find many open running lanes. He turned nine carries into a meager 25 yards, and he’s only gained 24 yards on six receptions.
Of course, the triple Pro Bowler didn’t run at full capacity. And the latest update on Elliott’s lingering knee injury doesn’t look promising for a Cowboys team that must get back on track before it’s too late.
Latest update on star running back expected to cause great concern for Dallas fans
Dallas fans saw Elliott go from being one of the team’s best playmakers to looking like a shell of himself in just a matter of weeks.
And based on a report from ESPN’s Ed Werder, they shouldn’t be surprised if they don’t see the flashback on the field when the Cowboys take on the New Orleans Saints on the Thursday night football.
“The Dallas Cowboys will consider giving running back Ezekiel Elliott some time to recover from the knee injury he sustained, including the possibility of holding him out of Thursday night’s game at New Orleans, a source told ESPN. ” Werder wrote Friday. “The source doesn’t think Elliott’s placement in the casualty reserve is a consideration at this time.”
While that last part may put Cowboys fans at ease, the fact that Mike McCarthy used the word “concerned” when discussing Elliott’s injury should raise concerns about what lies ahead for the star. of the ball carrier. After all, if a bone contusion already made Elliott less effective by the start of December, what is to say the problem won’t persist for the rest of the season or show up in the playoffs?
The physically gifted back runs in a McCarthy style deemed “fierce.” Can Elliott live up to that word if his knee isn’t 100%?
Even if he has some spare time to heal, he could easily suffer a setback given the nature of his job description. After all, Elliott absorbs huge punches not only as a running back but also as a pass protector. For a team with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, having one of your most valuable players struggling with a knee problem doesn’t seem like the recipe for success.
Tony Pollard has a great opportunity to secure his future with the Cowboys
Luckily for the Cowboys, they have quality running depth. And if Elliott misses the Saints game, that means Dallas fans will see Tony Pollard play a full-time role.
Although he only has two starts on his NFL resume, the 2019 fourth-round pick has tremendous value. Tipping the scales at 6 feet and 209 pounds, Pollard brings excellent speed and explosive athleticism to the mix. A jack-of-all-trades playmaker who averaged 5.3 yards on 100 carries and totaled 256 yards on 29 receptions, he has a great opportunity to prove he deserves to be paid.
Pollard has only a year left on his rookie contract, which means Dallas will soon have to make a decision on whether to keep him for the foreseeable future. With Elliott under contract until 2026, however, will Jerry Jones want to pledge millions of dollars guaranteed on another running back?
Then again, maybe the Cowboys will do their best to retain Pollard’s services.
After all, they can opt out of Ezekiel Elliott’s deal after the 2022 season to a cap of just under $ 12 million. And between his expensive contract and sustainability issues, it might be time to consider a change of direction for the job anyway.
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