RB Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas Cowboys
|6-0, 225||Born: 7-22-1995||College: Ohio State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
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2017 Week 17 vs PHI (27 / 103 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Elliott fell just short of 1,000 rushing yards on the season with his 103-yard effort to close the season against the Eagles. Elliott returned to his workhorse status the last two weeks of the season following his six-game suspension, totaling 30 touches as Dallas' passing game struggled in Philadelphia. The offensive line offered little help to Elliott for much of the first half, being stoned by the Eagles' front seven at the line of scrimmage, including not converting a fourth-and-one carry and tracking down Elliott when bouncing to the edge when penetration derailed interior running lanes. Elliott found his groove in a short sequence of touches from the late second quarter to the early third quarter, amassing more than 60 total yards on three opportunities with quality blocking and perimeter jaunts. The offensive line improved their play in the second half and Elliott was critical to icing the game and burning clock in the closing minutes of the narrow victory. Elliott's season was marred by the suspension looming over his head from the beginning of the season until finally serving his six games beginning in Week 10. Elliott returned in Week 16 with a solid but unspectacular game as Dallas was on the playoff fringe.
2017 Week 16 vs SEA (24 / 97 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)
Elliott was back from his suspension as the feature back for Dallas, rarely leaving the field. Elliott's 28 touches were in line with his typical workload before the suspension. While a sustaining element to Dallas' offense, especially early in the game, Elliott struggled to rip off any substantial gains. In the mid-second quarter, Elliott had his best string of carries, totaling 17 yards on three straight attempts. The success was short-lived, however, as Dallas' offensive line had an average day in run blocking. Elliott's offensive involvement was pass-centric later in the game as Dallas fell behind. Elliott dropped two passes, including one where he absorbed a huge hit on the play. Elliott's best chance for a touchdown came with Dallas positioned with first-and-goal from point blank range. Instead of feeding Elliott, Dallas passed the ball twice and drew a penalty without featuring their running back at the goal line.
2017 Week 9 vs KC (27 / 93 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With another game of activity pending Elliott's suspension outcome later this week, Elliot was the feature element against Kansas City with 27 touches. In 7-of-8 games this season Elliott has at least 25 touches in a game. This week featured tough sledding, especially in the first half. However, the second half was kicked off by an Elliott carry featuring a jump cut and hurdling a defender. While Elliott's performance lacked his typical big gains, short-yardage situations were key to his quality showing. Elliott converted a goal line carry and later in the second half a key third-and-one in the red zone as Dallas churned out the home victory. Most curious was Elliott's absence from the passing game. After a strong start to the season (16 receptions in first month of the season), Elliott has three receptions total over the last four games including zero targets this week. If active for Week 10, Atlanta marks another strong matchup for Elliott in Rush Efficiency allowed.
2017 Week 8 vs WAS (33 / 150 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
With another game of activity as his suspension looms, Elliott was the engine of the Dallas offense, accounting for 34 touches and more than 150 total yards. This was Elliott's largest workload of the season and Dallas' offensive line arguably played their best game of the season in the run game. Elliott lost a fumble on his opening carry of the game, his lone blemish, as Washington was staked in field goal range as a result. Elliott quickly turned around his game, however, consistently gaining quality yardage on inside runs. Elliott converted his short-yardage opportunities, including third-and-one, fourth-and-one, and a goal line carry. His two-touchdown performance could have been three scores as a chunk gain through a wide open running lane was called back by holding. Projecting ahead after a possible suspension starting next week, Elliott would still have strong rushing efficiency matchups late in the season with Oakland and Seattle in Weeks 15-16.
2017 Week 7 vs SF (26 / 147 / 2 rush, 3 / 1 / 72 / 1 rec)
With his suspension yet to be finalized, Elliott was active for the Cowboys in Week 7 and their impressive road victory over the 49ers. Elliott was efficient from the start as he consistently churned out yards after contact and the offensive line had their best showing of the season paving holes on the ground. Elliott plunged in for a goal line touchdown and dragged a defender into the end zone for a second score early in the game. Rounding out his complete performance, Elliott turned his lone reception into a 72-yard touchdown with speed to the edge and an outstanding cutback to find the end zone on the screen pass. By the mid-fourth quarter Elliott was on the sideline as Dallas cruised to the 30-point win as No.3 running back Rod Smith milked the clock to close the game.
2017 Week 5 vs GB (29 / 116 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Elliott had tough sledding against Green Bay with a season-high 30 touches. His volume was high on the opening drive, but did not begin to find a rhythm until the fourth quarter. Dallas' offensive line has been up-and-down as a run-blocking unit through the opening month of the season and this week was no exception. Elliott found room to the perimeter for 25 yards early in the fourth quarter, turning into a string of quality runs as Dallas looked to secure the win. Elliott, like on the opening drive, was the centerpiece element of Dallas' scoring drive to take lead late in the game. A highlight of Elliott's game was converting on fourth-and-one (ultimately reviewed) with second effort through contact. Elliott did not see an optimal goal line opportunities or much work in the passing game as Dallas worked through their wide receivers more this week and Elliott blocked on plenty of snaps.
2017 Week 4 vs LAR (21 / 85 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 54 / 1 rec)
Unlike tough games against Denver and Arizona the previous two games, Elliott provided a more sustaining element to the Dallas offense against the Rams. Elliott had four rushes on the opening drive alone. Elliott was at his best near the end zone as he powered through two defenders on the sideline, diving for the pylon and the touchdown on one of the four receptions. Elliott got the edge on a goal line carry, ending just short of the end zone only to power in for the score on the next carry. Elliott ran with power consistently on the interior and the initial Rams defender struggled to stop Elliott in space. In the final minute, Elliott charged through defenders on a fourth-and-10 reception, coming up one yard short in Dallas' comeback bid.
2017 Week 3 vs ARI (22 / 80 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Elliott dominated the backfield work for Dallas as expected against Arizona, rarely leaving the field. Nearly 50 of his 80 yards on the ground were collected on two chunk gains, one an outstanding broken tackle at the line of scrimmage and advancing through a cutback angle. Most of Elliott's attempts were met by Arizona penetration as Elliott struggled to take more than a handful of steps before going down. In the closing minutes, however, the Dallas offensive line opened two of their most impressive holes of the game as Elliott logged back-to-back red zone runs, the second ending with the game-clinching touchdown. With Dallas' low-volume passing attack this week, Elliott led the team with four targets on dump-off receptions.
2017 Week 2 vs DEN (9 / 8 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 14 / 0 rec)
Elliott had his worst game as a pro in Week 2, stifled en route to 22 total yards on 13 touches. Dallas consistently trailed by multiple touchdowns and Denver's front seven offered little room for error by Dallas' usually strong offensive line. Elliott was the target as opposed to his typical style of doling out contact beyond the line of scrimmage. Elliott's lone glimmers of opportunity were converting a fourth down carry late in the third quarter and receiving a goal line attempt, which was stuffed before it started. Week 3 offers another strong test for Dallas' offense against Arizona.
2017 Week 1 vs NYG (24 / 104 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)
With 29 touches Elliott was the central figure of the Dallas offense. Darren McFadden was a surprise inactive after running as the No.2 back for Dallas in the preseason. Alfred Morris rarely saw the field as Elliott dominated snaps against the Giants. It was a slow start for Elliott as he ran into contact for modest gains early on. However, Elliott's opportunities in space expanded as the game progressed. By late in the second quarter Elliott's physical running style - and Dallas' sheer volume of plays in the first half - took their toll and Elliott's rate of breaking tackles increased. Elliott logged three straight chunk gains as the first half concluded and punished the Giants in the second half as Dallas began to milk the clock. Elliott did not see any optimal looks for the touchdown in the game as Dallas' lone drive to the goal line ended with three straight targets in Dez Bryant's direction, a notable change from Elliott's typical chances to churn into the end zone a year ago in those situations.
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