Ezekiel Elliott has rediscovered his game, which means the Cowboys have regained their identity – Jean-Jacques Taylor, Dallas Morning News
The Cowboys star running back has gotten off to an amazing start.
He worked hard this summer to be the best version of himself. He filled Instagram and Twitter with dozens of workout videos.. He altered his diet, lost weight and sculpted his body. He arrived at training camp at a weight he hadn’t seen since Ohio State.
The impact of his work is obvious. Against the Giants, he had five runs of 10 yards or more. He scored on a 13-yard touchdown run around right end, using speed to the edge then accelerating to hit the hole and sprint down the sideline and into the end zone.
A week earlier, he had a 47-yard run against Carolina – the longest since his rookie year. “He’s in a really good place,” offensive coordinator Kellen Moore said. “Right now, he’s awesome.” Elliott is running violently, punishing defenders with every carry, while falling forward.
He’s moving piles and forcing teams to commit defenders to stopping him, which helps Dak Prescott and the passing game. Prescott is now an elite quarterback, but no passer wants to throw the ball 40 or 50 times a game because it’s not a game plan for success. All you have to do is look at Prescott’s 4-11 record when he throws the ball more than 40 times.