RB Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas Cowboys
|6-0, 225||Born: 7-22-1995||College: Ohio State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2016|
News you need to know
General News (Tue Jan 29): may consider skipping offseason workouts if he does not receive a contract extension this offseason, according to sources.
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Ezekiel Elliott's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 19 vs LAR (20 / 47 / 1 rush, 5 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Elliott struggled against the Rams active defensive front as a rusher with only a great cutback for 15 yards his notable gain. Elliott did convert a fourth down, but later was stuffed on fourth down as Dallas nearly got back into the game in scoring range. Elliott churned in a goal line touchdown, but was stuffed on a late fourth quarter attempt for a potential second score. Game script was working against Elliott for much of the game, but he still received 20 carries and was the feature element. With Rod Smith an upcoming free agent, Elliott's 2019 primary backup is up in the air entering the offseason.
2018 Week 18 vs SEA (26 / 137 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
Elliott logged yet another monster workload after getting Week 17 off with Dallas locked into their playoff spot. Elliott saw 30 touches as the engine for Dallas' offense, including 10 carries alone by the mid-second quarter. Elliott's receiving involvement was mostly in the first half, including yards-after-catch to set up a field goal attempt on third-and-long. Elliott's rushing performance was aided by a 41-yard jaunt to the perimeter as Seattle had no set edge and Elliott had easy access. Elliott's best individual run of the game included delivering a strong stiff arm in the closing minutes and salt away additional time on the clock. Elliott converted on his lone possession and opportunity down at the goal line with a well-blocked short-range score.
2018 Week 16 vs TB (18 / 85 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 24 / 0 rec)
Elliott logged his eighth straight game of at least 20 touches as the Dallas offensive centerpiece. Elliott had an up-and-down game, however, with a fumble and drop among his low-light moments. Fortunately, Dallas recovered his fumble. Elliott's best runs were a combination of getting skinny through small interior holes, finding cutback lanes for 10 or more yards, and getting to the corner on slower developing plays including a run to ice the game in the closing minutes of the win. Elliott also had a seven-yard rush called back by penalty and his best touchdown opportunity was nearly scoring on a red zone reception to the perimeter. Elliott impressively surpassed 2,000 total yards on the season and his 77 catches more than double his previous career high.
2018 Week 15 vs IND (18 / 87 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 41 / 0 rec)
Elliott was the lone bright spot for a lagging Dallas offense in the shutout road loss in Indianapolis. Elliott collected 25 touches despite limping off the field on two occasions, but returning to action shortly after. Elliott showed an array of quality plays as Dallas' offensive centerpiece, but was stuffed on fourth-and-one near the goal line on his notable touchdown opportunity in the game. Elliott added a drop in the passing game but did lead the team in receptions as little was working for Dallas through the air outside of check downs in the direction of Elliott.
2018 Week 14 vs PHI (28 / 113 / 0 rush, 13 / 12 / 79 / 0 rec)
Elliott amassed 40 touches in the home win over the Eagles. Elliott missed a small portion of the game after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit on the sideline and being checked for a concussion on the sideline. He ultimately returned and posted a solid run and a fourth-and-one conversion on Dallas' game-winning overtime drive. Elliott had six touches of at least 10 yards in the game but generally had tough sledding inside against the Eagles. Elliott's best runs were a combination of power finishes and strong vision to cut to the outside once through the line of scrimmage. Elliott is on pace to eclipse 2,000 total yards on the season.
2018 Week 13 vs NO (23 / 76 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 60 / 1 rec)
Elliott had tough sledding against an inspired Saints run defense. Fortunately, Elliott was featured in the pass game with two noteworthy screen passes with excellent design, one for 15 yards and another for a red zone touchdown. On the ground, Elliott was held in check outside of a beautiful cutback in the fourth quarter for more than 20 yards. On another occasion Elliott fought through penetration to turn a loss into a small gain. Elliott rarely left the field and saw nearly 30 touches as one of the few unquestioned foundation running backs in the NFL.
2018 Week 12 vs WAS (26 / 121 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 22 / 0 rec)
Elliott's hot streak continued in the home win over Washington. For the third straight game Elliott had 140 or more total yards and at least 25 touches as the Cowboys' offensive centerpiece. Elliott had tough sledding for much of the middle two quarters of the game after a hot start and was stuffed on fourth-and-one in the mid-fourth quarter with a chance to ice the game. Elliott's best runs were finding cutback lanes and exhibiting a strong combination of power and agility to gain leverage on defenders in one-on-one situations. The Saints are a stingy running back matchup in Week 13 for Elliott.
2018 Week 11 vs ATL (23 / 122 / 1 rush, 8 / 7 / 79 / 0 rec)
Elliott was the engine leading Dallas' offense in the road win in Atlanta. In addition to 23 carries, Elliott led the team with seven receptions. Elliott showed the full array of running back traits with patience at the line of scrimmage, getting skinny through the hole, and being physical against contact and at the second level. Elliott consistently optimized his touches and exploited quality blocking by the Dallas offensive line. Amidst Elliott's outstanding performance (second game of 200+ total yards this season), he did have two negative plays with a dropped pass and a fumble after picking up a third-and-short conversion, which was recovered by an offensive lineman on the play.
2018 Week 10 vs PHI (19 / 151 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 36 / 1 rec)
Elliott had a sluggish start against the Eagles, being stuffed consistently on the opening two drives plus Elliott had an early chunk gain called back by penalty. The highlight runs started in the second half as Elliott become the centerpiece to Dallas' impressive road victory over the Eagles. Elliott hurdled a defender on his highlight run, keeping his balance after the leap over a defender for more than 30 yards. Elliott logged another cutback run of nearly 40 yards late in the game, plus two red zone scores. Elliott was active in the passing game yet again with his eight game (of nine) this season with at least four targets. Atlanta next week offers a strong matchup to repeat his juggernaut box score from Week 10.
2018 Week 9 vs TEN (17 / 61 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
A hot start by Elliott on the opening drive with more than 30 total yards eroded to a shoulder-shrug total game impact. Elliott was patient inside on his best runs and enjoyed quality blocking on a 30+ yard screen pass down the sideline. However, Elliott and the offensive line struggled near the goal line with touchdown opportunities halted inside the five-yard-line. Elliott added a false start penalty later in the game as Dallas lost a home to Tennessee. Elliott has a mere one touchdown over his last four games before a critical divisional tilt against the Eagles in Week 10.
2018 Week 7 vs WAS (15 / 33 / 0 rush, 6 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
It was a rough game for Elliott against divisional rival Washington. While Elliott rarely left the field and saw 17 touches, Elliott rarely had room to isolate a defender in a one-on-one situation for additional yardage. Dallas' run game was rendered completely ineffective and Elliott's lone positive contributions were a pair of third-and-one conversions. In the passing game, Elliott had a screen catch called back by penalty and an end zone target, his lone scoring opportunity, which he could not control. It was a lost game for Elliott heading into Dallas' bye week.
2018 Week 6 vs JAX (24 / 106 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
After three or more receptions in five straight games, Elliott saw minimal involvement as a receiver against Jacksonville in the blowout home win. Elliott was a featured element as usual, but it was tough sledding on inside runs overall. Elliott relied on breaking to the outside and a chunk touchdown in the fourth quarter to fuel his 100-yard performance. Elliott's best run came as he bullied through defenders for additional yardage, including his lone reception and three short-yardage conversions on third and fourth downs.
2018 Week 5 vs HOU (20 / 54 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 30 / 0 rec)
Ezekiel Elliott saw more than 25 touches for the second straight game. The game script was positive as Dallas' defense kept their struggling offense in the game against Houston. Interior runs were a struggle all game for Elliott, who rarely left the field. Normally a high conversion rate on short-yardage carries, Elliott was stuffed on two of his three third-and-one opportunities this week and saw no short-range touchdown opportunities. One of his key third-and-short negative plays came in overtime, stalling a potential game-winning drive. His longest runs came on cutback lanes and when showing extreme patience for secondary blocks to develop. Elliott also had a 15-yard run called back by penalty. As a receiver, Elliott had his second straight game being featured and seeing time as a split out receiver. With Dallas' receivers struggling on the outside, Elliott offered an advantageous matchup to exploit late in the game.
2018 Week 4 vs DET (25 / 152 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 88 / 1 rec)
Ezekiel Elliott had more touches than the rest of the Dallas offense combined as the Cowboys showed a balanced attack centering on their offensive superstar in the much-needed home win against Detroit. Elliott saw 29 touches and amassed a career-high 240 total yards. Elliott exhibited more burst and power on his interior runs than the first couple of games this season of note. Elliott's patience was also a factor, waiting for backside angles to develop. Elliott's most promising development was his use in the passing game, where he had less than 40 yards total through the opening three games of the season. Elliott saw quality blocking on a screen reception for a touchdown and later made the critical long reception down the sideline to position Dallas for the game-winning field goal, a usage not common for Elliott to this point in his career.
2018 Week 3 vs SEA (16 / 127 / 0 rush, 8 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
On paper Elliott enjoyed he best game of the season to-date with 138 total yards on 19 touches. However, Elliott's performance was middling when accounting for his lost fumble after a chunk run, third down drop to stall a potential scoring drive, and two receptions and nearly 20-yard run accrued on meaningless drives to close each half. Elliott also had a touchdown called back due to being out of bounds before the catch. More concerning than all of Elliott's individual gaffes is Dallas' lack of any perimeter receiving threat, squeezing the defensive box against Elliott in all but garbage time or hurry-up drive settings. One positive is Elliott is rarely leaving the field for primary backup Rod Smith as Elliott is one of the few true foundation backs in the NFL.
2018 Week 2 vs NYG (17 / 78 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 9 / 0 rec)
Elliott looked more explosive against the Giants this week than the non-performance in Week 1 at Carolina. 22 touches is the norm for Elliott but he was notably held in check outside of two runs of 20 yards or more. In the passing game, Dallas' offensive line struggled to set up screens for Elliott to punish second and third-level defenders in space, routinely getting stuffed as soon as he started up the field. On Elliott's lone touchdown opportunity of the game, he made a nice cut and plowed through a defender at the goal line for a successful red zone scoring run to ice the game in the closing minutes. With Dallas' offensive line a concern in pass protection and wide receiver generally lacking separation, Elliott's receiving opportunities are a question mark with a need to set in and protect the passer as opposed to being an outlet receiver.
2018 Week 1 vs CAR (15 / 69 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
It was a tale of two halves for Ezekiel Elliott against Carolina. Elliott saw few running lanes early in the game, consistently been held to minimal gains with an occasional yard or two created after contact. Elliott salvaged a decent performance with a series of successful runs on Dallas' only scoring drive with two power runs of more than 10 yards into the red zone and scoring a touchdown on an option look with Dak Prescott. In general, Elliott looked lethargic from his typical power running self and benefitted primarily from good blocking on his most notable runs. In the passing game, Dak Prescott was inaccurate on a target to Elliott in the flat and Elliott did not beat a defender in a one-on-one open field situation on another occasion.
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