Ezekiel Elliott on Thursday responded to critics of his big contract.
Elliott has been outplayed by Tony Pollard through two games. Though it is early in the season, there have already been critics pointing out how much more Elliott is being paid to not be the top performer.
Elliott basically went scoreboard on them all and said that he’s still cashing his checks regardless of his role.
Elliott has to say something about the matter and that’s the best he can come up with.
The 26-year-old was valuable as a rookie and had big seasons in 2018 and 2019. He signed a 6-year, $90 million deal prior to the 2019 season and delivered. But his role diminished last year and that has continued this year. So long as the direct deposits keep coming through though, Elliott won’t seem to mind.
ESPN analyst Booger McFarland offered a bold opinion about Ezekiel Elliott on Monday night.
McFarland, who is part of ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” show, was talking about the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys narrowly escaped the Chargers 20-17 in Week 2, thanks to some help from the refs.
Elliott received more carries than Tony Pollard in the game, but Pollard outproduced his teammate.
Zeke had 16 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown. He also had 2 catches for 26 yards.
Pollard had 13 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown. He added three catches for 31 yards.
Booger thinks Pollard is the better back right now.
“Run the football. But specifically, run the ball more with Tony Pollard,” McFarland advised the Cowboys.
“I understand that Zeke is your $90 million running back. But the guy that gives more juice is Tony Pollard. He’s more explosive. He brings more juice. … which guy gives us the best chance to have a home run play? Which guy gives us the best chance to move the chains? It’s not Zeke; it’s Tony Pollard. He’s their best running back.”
Randy Moss pressed McFarland on the point and asked whether Pollard is a better overall running back than Ezekiel Elliott.
“He’s playing better and he has more juice,” McFarland said.
That is a bold take.
Pollard is in his third season with the Cowboys and on pace for his best season. He has 7 catches for 60 yards and 16 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Zeke was a monster as a rookie and played well in 2018 and 2019. Last season he had much less of an influence in Kellen Moore’s pass-focused offense. It appears the same thing is happening in 2021, though Elliott is maintaining a good attitude so far.
Ezekiel Elliott continues to face scrutiny coming off an underwhelming 2020 season, and his Week 1 performance didn’t excite many either.
Elliott was limited to 11 carries for 33 yards in the Dallas Cowboys’ season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He didn’t offer much in the passing game either, catching two passes for six yards.
On Wednesday, Elliott urged critics to look at his full body of work, including his blocking contributions, despite the lack of flashy statistics.
Elliott has a point. There is more to being a solid contributor than piling up stats. Plus, he was up against the Buccaneers, a team coming off a Super Bowl win with a highly-regarded defense. He clearly retains the faith of his quarterback and his coaches judging by the fact that he was the clear backfield preference ahead of Tony Pollard, so there’s probably not much to worry about.
On the other hand, the Cowboys didn’t sign Elliott to a $90 million contract for his blocking skills. There’s a long way to go, but Elliott will have to show improvement to keep fans from getting on him.
Ezekiel Elliott is known for wearing a crop-top style jersey when playing football. His short top leaves his stomach exposed, which has become his signature look. He even wore a crop top suit at the NFL Draft.
Back then, Elliott’s stomach was bare. But that has changed.
At the start of last NFL season, Elliott debuted a new stomach tattoo covering his belly. The tattoo says “feed me” and includes spoons on either side.
The tattoo is quite fitting for a few reasons.
One, the location of talking about being fed on one’s belly is appropriate. Two, “feed me” is Zeke’s way of saying he wants the ball. “Let Zeke eat” has even been a popular phrase during Elliott’s Cowboys career, spearheaded by this great clip.
When the Cowboys feed Zeke in his belly, it’s generally a good thing.
Ezekiel Elliott is hoping for a bounce-back season in 2021 after he failed to rush for more than 1,000 yards last year. We know he will need the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line to step up in order for that to happen, but there’s another important thing the star running back may need — baby powder.
Elliott had some serious problems below the waist during training camp recently, and we’re not talking about a lower body injury. During the latest episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” Zeke was shown frantically trying to find some baby powder to deal with a little issue he was having.
Dallas in August is no joke, so that’s certainly understandable. Most of Elliott’s teammates probably knew exactly how he felt.
Elliott recently shared how he lost a bunch of weight this offseason, which should help him improve upon the 979 yards and six touchdowns he had last season. The training staff had just better keep the powder handy.
Ezekiel Elliott has been sued multiple times for his dogs allegedly attacking people, and the latest accuser is seeking a massive sum of money from the Dallas Cowboys star.
According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, a woman named Jennifer Gampper says she is Elliott’s neighbor in Frisco, Texas, and was attacked by one of his dogs on May 20, 2021. Gampper says a landscaping company, Perfect Synthetic Grass, was doing work at Elliott’s house when the running back’s dog escaped. Gampper claims she suffered serious and permanent injuries when Elliott’s dog attacked her. She is also suing the landscaping company.
Gampper is seeking more than $1 million in the lawsuit.
Elliott’s lawyer, Frank Salzano, told TMZ that Elliott is “concerned” about his neighbor.
“However, as in most disputes, there are extenuating circumstances to this matter which will impact the legal proceedings which we are not at liberty to disclose,” Salzano said. “As such, we have no further comment at this time.”
Police previously investigated the attack and listed Gampper as one of the “victims.” The police report said that three of Elliott’s dogs had escaped that day. Elliott was issued three citations. Elliott’s rottweiler, Ace, had a “dangerous dog hearing” after the incident and was required to be removed from the city.
Gampper’s lawsuit is at least the third against Elliott stemming from his dogs’ alleged behavior. Elliott was sued earlier this year after an employee at a pet resort claimed he was violently attacked by the Cowboys star’s dog. Elliott’s dogs were also accused of attacking a pool cleaner last year.
Ezekiel Elliott will be lighter entering this season, and that is by intention.
Elliott is listed at 228 pounds but lost 10 pounds this offseason. He told FOX’s Erin Andrews during an interview at the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday what he did to lose the weight.
“Cleaned up the diet a little bit,” Elliott said. “Little bit different training. That was definitely my emphasis: get lighter coming into the season.”
Elliott is coming off his least-productive season as a pro. He rushed for 979 yards and six touchdowns as his Cowboys went an ugly 6-10.
“I don’t think I need much motivation after the year we had last season,” Elliott said.
Dak Prescott got hurt five games into last season, forcing the team to use Andy Dalton and a cast of other characters at quarterback. Having Prescott ready for Week 1 should make a big difference. Elliott being a little lighter and in better shape could also help too. Even Prescott has been raving about that.
If Dak Prescott is right, the Dallas Cowboys offense might be in for a big season in 2021.
Prescott said Friday that Elliott is in “the best shape of his life” and suggested that the running back is in for a big comeback season in 2021.
“Zeke looks great,” Prescott said, via Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News. “He’s in the best shape of his life. Looking fast. Everybody’s seen the clips of him working out independently with his running back coach. His cuts, just how explosive he is. Excited to have a full year with him again and getting him healthy throughout the whole season.”
Obviously, we can’t know for sure how true this is until we get a glimpse at Elliott for ourselves. That said, Prescott isn’t the only one who’s saying these things about Elliott.
Injuries slowed Elliott last season, limiting him to a career-worst 979 rushing yards. He was also hurt by Prescott’s injury absence, which allowed defenses to key in on him more. Those things should change in 2021, so maybe Prescott is right.
Ezekiel Elliott’s dogs have him in legal trouble again.
According to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports, an employee at a pet resort claims Elliott’s Rottweiler attacked him as the dog was being taken outside. The plaintiff, Brandon Williams, claims the dog seized his right arm and threw him to the ground. The suit also claims that the attack left him “seriously injured” and the wound required stitches.
Williams is suing both Elliott and Bliss Pet Resort for over $250,000 but less than $1 million.
Elliott’s attorney, Frank Salzano, seemingly acknowledged in a statement that there had been an incident. But he said that it had been “indicated at the time of the incident that this was not uncommon and was being handled under standard spa protocol.” As such, he said Elliott was “very surprised” to learn of the complaint.
This is not the first time Elliott’s dogs have led to legal action, as a woman who was cleaning Elliott’s pool alleged she was attacked in 2020. Elliott is also being investigated by police amid claims that his dogs escaped his home in May and bit neighbors.
One of the reasons the Dallas Cowboys failed to meet expectations in 2020 was the fact that Ezekiel Elliott was not as productive as he had been in previous seasons. His former teammate sees that changing in 2021.
Wide receiver Dez Bryant said Thursday he has seen Elliott “a few times” in recent months and was impressed by his demeanor. Bryant believes Elliott needed a year to adjust to coach Mike McCarthy’s offense, and thinks the running back is poised for a big year now that he’s done so.
Elliott failed to produce a 100-yard game until Week 11 last season, though he did seem to pick things up a little late in the year despite a calf injury. His role was also hindered by Dak Prescott’s season-ending injury, which meant that defenses didn’t have to respect the Dallas passing game as much and were able to key in on Elliott instead. He ended up rushing for 979 yards on the season, the worst total of his career thus far.
Prescott appears set to come back strong in 2021. That should mean good things for Elliott as well.