Elliott easily led the league in carries (322) and rushing yards (1,631) as a rookie, but he only ranked 31st among running backs in targets (40), despite finishing third in yards per target (9.1) among the 50 backs that drew more than 25 looks. While he often stayed on the field for passing downs, the Cowboys simply didn't rely on their backfield much for pass-catching duties, with running backs accounting for only 79 of the team's 483 targets (16.4 percent). That share likely will rise closer to the league average of 18-20 percent, and with Lance Dunbar no longer on the roster, Elliott unquestionably is the Cowboys' best option for passing downs. While still unlikely to match the kind of receiving workloads David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell handle, Elliott should push to finish among the top 10 at his position in both carries and targets.
Elliott (head) was back on the field for OTAs Tuesday, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Elliott was sidelined for the entirety of last week's OTAs as he recovered from a head injury that stemmed from a car accident earlier this month. Head coach Jason Garrett noted that the star running back was dealing with some head and neck stiffness, so they decided to keep him sidelined for precautionary reasons. Elliott is now expected to participate in OTAs for the remainder of the week and should assume his role as the No. 1 back.
Elliott (head) missed a second consecutive OTA on Wednesday after he was a passenger in a car accident over the weekend, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Elliott apparently hit his head in the "minor" incident, according to Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site. As a result, the team will hold Elliott out of practice for the time being, but he'll still get in some work on the side, per Moore. Even if there isn't technically a concussion protocol in the offseason, Elliott will be treated with the utmost caution as one of the cornerstones of the Cowboys' offense. In the interim, Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Jahad Thomas will handle the RB reps.
Elliott (head), who did not suffer any significant injuries while being involved in a car accident Sunday, is being held out of OTAs for a second straight day, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Elliott was able to breathe a sigh of relief after walking away from what sounds like a minor accident over the past weekend, but the Cowboys will continue to proceed cautiously with their second-year rusher. He'll be the clear-cut No. 1 option out of Dallas' backfield upon his return, but Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Jahad Thomas could see additional reps in practice with Elliott sidelined in the short term.
Elliott thinks he can improve on his elusiveness at the second level, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports. "I think there were a couple times last year where I could've been [better] on certain runs when I got to the second level," said Elliott. "So just kinda focused on finishing my runs and making guys miss at the second level."
Elliott seems to be nitpicking in his search for something to improve, as he led the NFL with 14 runs of 20-plus yards last season while gaining 5.1 yards per carry on his way to a rushing title. He had touchdown scampers of 60, 55 and 32 yards, also adding an 83-yard scoring reception. With his big-play ability already well established, Elliott's likelier source of improvement would be increased involvement in the passing game. He only drew 40 targets in 15 appearances last season, but he was highly efficient with the limited workload, catching 32 balls for 363 yards (9.1 yards per target) and the aforementioned touchdown. The Cowboys still have one of the league's strongest offensive lines, but they do have an obvious weakness at left guard after losing Ronald Leary to the Broncos. Even if that spot remains a question mark heading into the season, Elliott has an unquestioned spot among the top three at his position alongside David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell.
|P0||8/3/17||@ ARI||8:00 pm|
|P1||8/12/17||@ LAR||9:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ HOU||8:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|3||9/25/17||@ ARI||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/22/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ WAS||4:25 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ ATL||4:25 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ OAK||8:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
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