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RB Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas Cowboys

6-0, 225Born: 7-22-1995College: Ohio StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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General News (Tue Jan 31): will break the franchise single-season rushing record of 1,845 yards in the next year or two, according to the current record holder, DeMarco Murray.

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19 vs GB 0 22 125 0 1 1 -2 0 0 12.3

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 19 vs GB (22 / 125 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

Elliott was well-rested entering the playoffs after not playing in Week 17 and having a bye week. Green Bay consistently used a nickel defense and Dallas' offensive line took advantage on a number of run plays. Elliott found space to the perimeter on a number of his runs, baiting defenders to the inside of his blockers only to burst to the corner for five to 10 more yards. On the interior, Elliott ran over a defender on one highlight run in the first half and exhibited strong balance on a spin move with another. Elliott's primary backup, Darren McFadden, barely saw the field in the game as Elliott was the unquestioned lead back. Lance Dunbar did see sporadic snaps in spread looks for Dallas and Elliott had just a single reception. While a strong pass protector, a boost in receiving production would be the lone area for improvement in 2017 for Elliott. The rookie back did not have optimal opportunities for touchdowns this week and did not find the end zone from long range.

2016 Week 16 vs DET (12 / 80 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Elliott continued his touchdown rampage against Detroit, finding the end zone twice on his lowest volume of the season. It was a slow start for Elliott, rushing for just five yards on three carries during Dallas' opening drive, but the rookie runner heated up quickly. Elliott amassed a significant share of his yardage (55) on a single long touchdown run, finding the backside alley and outrunning the defensive back to the corner of the end zone. Later in the red zone, Elliott bounced to the perimeter for an easy score. Elliott saw just a single target, breaking a tackle on the reception, his lowest passing volume since Week 9. Elliott has 16 touchdowns with one game to go, already No.5 in NFL history for rookie running backs. With another score in Week 17, Elliott would move to second.

2016 Week 15 vs TB (23 / 159 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

On the National television stage, Elliott had his second-highest total yardage count of the season, nearing 200 yards. Elliott's highlight runs showed his entire skillset from power running through contact, vision to find cutback lanes, and pure speed on the perimeter. Elliott had a walk-in goal line touchdown with a well-defined alley from Dallas' offensive line. Since his opening game in the NFL, Elliott has at least 85 total yards in every game and has already eclipsed 340 touches on the season. Detroit offers another strong matchup in Week 16.

2016 Week 14 vs NYG (24 / 107 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Another week and another 20 or more carries for Ezekiel Elliott. The rookie's production centered around five runs of at least nine yards, primarily finding openings to the perimeter. The Giants clogged interior running lanes throughout the game and a majority of Elliott's carries in the second half. Elliott saw zero goal line opportunities, but did convert a fourth-and-one carry. Notably, Elliott had no receptions for the first time this season and Lance Dunbar was the primary Dallas back for hurry-up and two-minute drives. The Giants were the stiffest test left on Elliott's schedule with a get well opportunity against Tampa Bay next week.

2016 Week 13 vs MIN (20 / 86 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)

For the tenth time in 12 games this season Elliott saw at least 20 carries. The Vikings front seven consistently clogged running lanes on the interior. Elliott did create on his own, however, running through an arm tackle early in the game for more than 10 yards and showing a strong jump cut for close to 30 yards as Dallas looked to ice the game late. Elliott did fumble as he was stacked up on a perimeter run, but recovered. He converted his lone scoring opportunity, plowing in from one yard out after Dez Bryant's long reception staked Dallas at the goal line. Elliott did have two runs, totaling 10 yards, called back by penalty.

2016 Week 12 vs WAS (20 / 97 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Elliott was back to his dominating ways against Washington, a much softer matchup than Week 11 against Baltimore. His performance centered on a handful of chunk gains. Misdirection plays were Elliott's highlight plays in the first half, cutting back for 20 yards on the opening carry of the game of note. Elliott saw regular red zone usage this week, converting the second of two close-range carries in the first half for a score and icing the game with six minutes to play with another goal line score. Elliott had a third touchdown called back by a holding penalty in the second half. The Vikings and Giants offer two of the top-half rushing defenses in the NFL for Elliott the next two weeks.

2016 Week 11 vs BAL (25 / 97 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

As expected, Elliott and the Dallas run game struggled to produce more than chain-moving and offensive-balancing rushing production against the strong Ravens defense. Elliott's workhorse status was not in question as he saw 25-of-28 running back carries and added four receptions, tying a season-high. Elliott and the offensive line have been consistently fast starters this season, but Baltimore stuffed Elliott regularly on the opening few drives. Also, the high leverage touches were not there for Elliott this week. Inside the 10-yard-line, Elliott did not receive a carry on three straight plays and Lance Dunbar was in for Dallas' first half two-minute drill possession. Elliott's two best plays came on receptions, once hurdling a defender for additional yardage, and another exhibiting strong cuts on third down. Elliott has a choice matchup against Washington this coming week.

2016 Week 10 vs PIT (21 / 114 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 95 / 1 rec)

Elliott was the engine fueling Dallas' road victory against the Steelers this week. Elliott had multiple touchdowns for the third time in the past five games and 20 or more touches for the seventh time in nine total games. Elliott consistently won versus initial contact and multiple times in short yardage situations. Elliott's display of acumen expands by the week. In this game, the rookie added long speed and vision to his list of strong assets. On a well-blocked first half screen pass, Elliott worked his way down the sideline for an 83-yard score, showing his long speed. An initially well-defensed third-and-one by Pittsburgh's front seven was beaten by Elliott's strong jump cut and finding a backside crack in the line of scrimmage. In the final two minutes, Elliott broke through for the game-winning touchdown to cap off his impressive showing. Elliott is on pace for more than 2,200 total yards and averaging more than a touchdown per game. The Ravens and Vikings offer stiff run game tests for Elliott over the next three weeks.

2016 Week 9 vs CLE (18 / 92 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Elliott led the Cowboys in rushing as usual against Cleveland, but a comfortable second half margin allowed backup Alfred Morris to nearly match Elliott in carries this week. The pattern of Elliott being the feature element for Dallas on the opening drive or two maintained its trend in Week 9. Elliott had a handful of chunk gains, including a perimeter jaunt for a touchdown where he stretched for the pylon following a stiff arm, in the first half. Another touchdown to the edge and breaking multiple tackles on a reception were highlight moments in the second half before he rested as the game progressed. This was the first game since Week 2 Elliott had not hit 100 total yards, but game flow was the reason, not efficiency. Elliott is on pace for more than 2,000 total yards this season with only two noteworthy stingy run defenses left in the second half of Dallas' schedule.

2016 Week 8 vs PHI (22 / 96 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)

Elliott's Week 8 performance against the Eagles was front-loaded as the centerpiece in the first half. Elliott totaled 75 yards - more than half his game total - in the first quarter alone. Most of his yardage came on a handful of chunk gains and Philadelphia stuffed the line of scrimmage on the rest. Elliott exhibited a strong stiff arm en route to a perimeter gain as well as churning through contact on other carries. Elliott's receiving game usage continues to expand with a season-high four receptions this week and nine over the past three games. Elliott's longest gain of 60 yards was called back by holding, which would have boosted his box score to more than 150 rushing yards on the day. Before Dak Prescott converted on fourth down on the game-winning overtime touchdown drive, Elliott was stuffed on third-and-one. With two games in a row without a touchdown, Elliott is primed for a better game in Week 9 against the overmatched Browns rush defense.

2016 Week 6 vs GB (28 / 157 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Elliott continues to log historic volume and production for a rookie running back. He has had at least 18 touches in every game and against the Packers marked his second game of at least 30 touches early this season. Elliott has been rising in receiving work in recent weeks, hitting four targets in each of the past two games. Elliott exhibits elite traits in multiple areas on a weekly basis, this week being no exception. His subtle moves - like using his shoulder to shake off a defender - fuel chunk gains at the second level. Elliott has the speed to get the corner on perimeter runs. Elliott even hurdled a defender, which is becoming a regular occurrence, for another strong gain in the fourth quarter. Elliott iced the game in the closing minutes with a broken tackle and cutback for close to 30 yards. Alfred Morris rarely saw the field this week as Elliott progresses to workhorse level, monopolizing snaps.

2016 Week 5 vs CIN (15 / 134 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)

Elliott, who is now the unquestioned rushing leader in the NFL through five games with 85 yards more than any other running back, logged his finest game as a pro. Dallas' offensive line created clear running lanes, but Elliott did his part looking quicker and more decisive with his cuts than the opening month of the season. On the opening drive alone Elliott had three chunk gains on the ground, including a red zone touchdown jaunt. As Dallas pulled away for the comfortable home win, Elliott burst through the heart of Cincinnati's defense for an untouched long score. His 171 total yards marked a season-high while logging a season-low 18 touches. Elliott is in the small subset of workhorse running backs and his efficiency continues to rise by the week. The Packers mark the toughest run defense matchup in the NFL, a good litmus test for Elliott and the Dallas offensive line next week.

2016 Week 4 vs SF (23 / 138 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

Another week, another 20 or more carries for Ezekiel Elliott. The rookie running back was aided by a strong performance by Dallas' offensive line, paving defined running lanes for Elliott against San Francisco. After an initial two-touchdown deficit, Dallas gained a second half lead and Elliott was instrumental in salting away the victory. Elliott powered through contact regularly and gained at least five yards on numerous carries. Elliott churned to convert a third-and-short opportunity and later was rewarded after a long run down to the one-yard-line with a subsequent goal line touchdown plunge to take the lead. The missing element for Elliott is through the air. He has shown obvious competency as a receiver, and especially as a pass blocker, yet Lance Dunbar is the clear hurry-up back of choice for Dallas and Elliott has yet to see more than two targets in a game.

2016 Week 3 vs CHI (30 / 140 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

For a third straight week Elliott saw at least 20 carries, behind only LeGarrette Bount and Lamar Miller in total carries through three games. Elliott punished defenders at the second level with more defined running lanes plowed by the offensive line in Week 3 than the first two games combined. Elliott's highlights included converting a fourth down attempt, bursting off-tackle and hurdling a defender for a chunk gain on third-and-short. Elliott has a background as hurdler as he showed off his perfect technique on the play. Elliott's day could have been much bigger as all three Dallas rushing touchdowns in the red zone were siphoned by Dak Prescott (goal line sneak), Alfred Morris, and strangely Lance Dunbar. Elliott had his best receiving day to-date (two catches, 20 yards) but offers upside as the season progresses in that area as well.

2016 Week 2 vs WAS (21 / 83 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)

While the Dallas offensive line fared better against Washington than in Elliott's Week 1 debut, it was still tough sledding for the rookie in Week 2. On the plus side, Elliott converted his goal line opportunity and has been a focal point of Dallas' offense early in games, including this week. Elliott, however, fumbled twice against Washington, both in the second half of a close game. Dallas was able to recover the second of Elliott's fumbles. Alfred Morris saw more playing time after Elliott's second fumble than before. The pass game upside has not been there with Elliott through two games and Lance Dunbar was back as a contributor in Week 2.

2016 Week 1 vs NYG (20 / 51 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Elliott had tough sledding in his NFL debut. While the Dallas offensive line protected Dak Prescott well in the passing game, few running lanes were paved for the No.4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on the ground. Elliott was a central element to Dallas' opening drive of the game, converting a short-yardage situation and catching a red zone target. It was not until the second half when Elliott had much room with which to work. His highlight runs of the game comprised of two gains of more than five yards on a single touchdown drive, including his cutback scoring jaunt in the red zone. On the positive side, Elliott was the clear lead back with 21 touches (Alfred Morris saw seven) and exclusive run of the red zone work.


Latest News

Cowboys | No punishment for Ezekiel Elliott? (Sat Mar 18, 10:58 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been advised by his representatives that he won't be punished under the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy as it relates to an incident last July, according to beat writer Clarence Hill.

Our View: Elliott has been accused of a domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend. The league has been investigating the matter, and Elliott has been cooperative with the NFL.
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