Ezekiel Elliott is now in agreement with what Jerry Jones said earlier this offseason, and that’s to have him way more involved in the running game.
Elliott is making it clear he needs more carries as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2.
“We just got to commit to it. We got to wear on the defense,” Elliott said this week.
“I don’t know if there is a [specific] number of carries [needed], but I think we definitely have to commit to running it,” Elliott explained.
“I think it’s important, period, to establish the run game and run the football and get that going. I think just overall as an offense we’re a better football team when we run the ball, and so I think we ran the ball efficiently last Sunday. I’m looking forward to committing to it this week.”
During Sunday’s opener, Elliott had 10 rushes for 52 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.
Dallas will certainly need to lean on its run game with quarterback Dak Prescott suffering a fracture in his hand Sunday and undergoing surgery on his injured right thumb.
He won’t be placed on the injured reserve so he could take the field again within the next month.
The Cowboys will have to lean heavily on the run to help ease the burden placed on backup QB Cooper Rush, who has made just one NFL start in his six years in the league. Rush previously stepped in for Prescott last October, throwing for 325 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a win at Minnesota.
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