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.
Elliott ran 22 times for 125 yards and caught his only target for a two-yard loss in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Packers.
Getting his first taste of postseason action, Elliott gashed the Packers defense for 5.7 yards per carry while recording a modest long gain of 22 yards. The opposition stiffened at times, but the Cowboys remained interested in running the ball and Elliott had a very impactful game, although his team came up just short in the end. After leading the NFL in rushing, scoring 15 touchdowns and earning a Pro-Bowl appearance in his rookie campaign, the young running back's arrow is pointing straight up heading into 2017.
Elliott was involved in a minor two-car accident Wednesday morning with no injuries reported, NFL Network's James Palmer reports.
Elliott figures to remain at full health heading into the Cowboys' divisional matchup against the Packers on Sunday, having avoided any sort of injury in the minor scare. The Packers' defense held the Giants' running backs in check last week as they were forced to play from behind for most of the game, but the Cowboys' offensive line is slated to provide Elliott with plenty of opportunities to excel in his first career playoff game.
Elliott isn't expect to log more than a series or two during Sunday's game at Philadelphia, Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports.
Elliott helped drive the Cowboys to the No. 1 seed in the NFC with his exploits on the ground, but he'll have just a few opportunities, at best, to cap the season on a high note. Once head coach Jason Garrett pulls his stud rookie, the RB picture is clouded by the illness that held McFadden out of practice Friday. If McFadden is hindered or ruled inactive, Alfred Morris would be in line for his first touches since Week 14.
Elliott will start Sunday's contest at Philadelphia, but his snap count may be limited, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Cowboys have secured the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, so holding out or minimizing the potential for injury to one of their key players is a prudent one. If (or when) Elliott is removed from the game, Darren McFadden is slated to receive most of the touches out of the backfield.
|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|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|