By David Helman
FOX Sports activities Dallas Cowboys Author
OXNARD, Calif. — It feels unusual to speak legacy with Ezekiel Elliott.
The Cowboys’ working again got here into the league on the age of 20, and he has been a younger participant on a workforce of veterans ever since.
Hastily, it is 12 months seven, and Elliott — as he was reminded on Wednesday — has the second-most speeding yards amongst lively NFL working backs. His 7,386 profession speeding yards path solely Mark Ingram’s 7,878 amongst backs who’re at the moment in an NFL camp.
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Requested if he was eyeing the two,614 yards wanted to crack the ten,000-yard mark, Elliott provided a uncommon glimpse of his private profession objectives.
“Honestly, that’s a goal — win a Super Bowl, get a gold jacket,” he mentioned. “It’s tough to get a gold jacket. There’s not many guys with gold jackets that didn’t rush for 10,000 yards. So it’s definitely up there.”
All through his profession, Elliott has most well-liked to show the main focus to the workforce, noting the Cowboys’ long-running try and seize a sixth championship. It’s fascinating to appreciate that he is inside shouting distance of 10,000 yards — a mark that solely 31 NFL working backs have reached.
That is no assure of an induction into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame, nevertheless it’d be a begin. And it could assist if Elliott may recapture a few of the gaudy speeding totals of his early profession. He ran for greater than 1,300 yards in three of his first 4 NFL seasons, however these numbers have tapered right down to 979 and 1,002 these previous two years.
To get there in two years, he’d must common 1,307 yards over his subsequent two seasons — a mark he thinks he can handle.
“Yeah, I think so, God willing,” he mentioned.
It’s going to assist if Elliott is not placing mileage on his legs within the preseason, which sounds just like the objective. The three-time Professional Bowler has lengthy restricted his snap counts in preseason video games. With the Cowboys holding joint practices in opposition to each the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers, it feels like Elliott will get all of the work he wants with out a lot preseason work.
“I’ve been playing football 20 years. I’ve been in the league — this is my seventh year. I’ve seen a lot of football,” Elliott mentioned. “I do not assume I want a preseason recreation, particularly with the joint practices.
“You get to go play in opposition to one other workforce; you get to see some completely different seems to be. It isn’t the identical protection all camp. So that you get some joint practices, that is greater than sufficient.”
David Helman covers the Dallas Cowboys for FOX Sports, providing insight and analysis on the NFL’s most visible franchise. Prior to joining FOX, David spent nine seasons covering the Cowboys for the team’s official website, DallasCowboys.com. In 2018, he won a regional Emmy for his role in producing “Dak Prescott: A Household Reunion” about the quarterback’s time at Mississippi State.
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