Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL's leading rusher, says he 'left a lot of yards on the field'

Ezekiel Elliott had quite the debut season in the NFL. Despite the fact that he played on 15 of his team's 16 games, Elliott led the NFL in rushing yards, finishing with 1,631 for the year. That was the most in the league by an incredible 318 yards -- or nearly three games' worth of yards for Elliott. 

Still, the second-year Cowboy thinks he could've been even better. Elliott told reporters that he "left a lot of yards on the field" last season, according to the Dallas Morning News

"I think there is big room for improvement," Elliott said. "Just being more comfortable, being able to anticipate more. That's what I'm working on this offseason."

Elliott's quote is of course reminiscent of a similar quip from former Cowboys running back Joseph Randle, who back in 2015 said of 2014 leading rusher DeMarco Murray, "He had a good year last year. But I got to sit back and watch a lot and I felt like there was a lot of meat left on the bone."

That was after Murray had led the NFL by running for 1,845 yards during the 2014 season. Murray went on to have a poor 2015 season with the Philadelphia Eagles (702 yards, 3.6 per carry), but he bounced back in a big way during his first season with the Titans in 2016 (1,287 yards, 4.4 per carry). Randle, meanwhile, got a brief shot at the top job in Dallas, but off-field issues led to his release and he has been arrested numerous times since leaving the NFL. 

Unlike Murray, Elliott will get a chance to prove the "yards on the field" stance correct (or incorrect) in Dallas. He's not going anywhere for quite a while. 

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Jared Dubin is a New York lawyer and writer. He joined CBSSports.com in 2014 and has since spent far too much of his time watching film and working in spreadsheets. Full Bio

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