From the moment he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys out of Ohio State University, the team knew they had a special player on their hands. And he continues to make history.
Ezekiel Elliott has officially cemented his status as a Dallas legend this afternoon thanks to his efforts. With eight carries this afternoon against the New England Patriots, he's officially surpassed the 1,500 mark of rushing attempts. This means that he's now in third place in Cowboys franchise history in that statistic. He's now the 15th NFL player to accomplish the feat in his first seven NFL seasons, and the first to do so since Clinton Portis.
Of course, he's doing his part to make up for his subpar 2020 season, during which he amassed a career-low 979 yards while tying a career-high with six fumbles. He evaluated his performance in no uncertain terms, frankly describing it as a "s**tshow".
“This year, a lot of it’s about my body, a lot of it was just making sure that you know, I was ready to come and make up for my s*** show last year,” Elliott said.
And he's sure making up for it. Coming into today's game, Elliott was tied for second overall in the NFL with five rushing touchdowns, while currently ranking third with 452 total rushing yards. Oh, and he's already set a career high in yards per carry this year with 5.3.
Should he continue this pace, he could eclipse 1,500 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. Of course, his teammate Dak Prescott has also taken notice.
I’ve seen a lot of good Zeke and there’s a lot left to be, so I would say yes just for him being older, him being experienced, him knowing the whole offense,” Prescott explained earlier this month. “And he could get back there and do the things that I need to do. Mentally, just from the way that he focused and how intelligent of a football player he is, but then you add that into the shape that he’s in everything that he’s put into this offseason. Yeah definitely, and there’s going to be more of those performances to come.”