The Dallas Cowboys are currently in a holding pattern until training camp arrives in a few weeks. To pass the time, the team is still training on their own and Dak Prescott is conducting workouts with some of the offensive weapons he’ll be throwing to this fall.
By all accounts, it has looked like a very solid offseason for the Cowboys. One player who seems to have had a great offseason is stud running back Ezekiel Elliott. The nonsense from last year is over with and he’s disappeared from the headlines as he prepares for the upcoming season.
With that said, the question must be asked (there’s a growing sense that many are wondering): is it possible that Zeke could rush for 2,000 yards in 2018? The short answer, yes, it is very possible and it would not be a surprise if Elliott broke 2k this upcoming season.
Elliott will have a fresh outlook this year, there will be no black cloud hanging over his head and he will be a man on a mission. The NFL took away his passion last year and it feels like Zeke is out for revenge against the league.
However, there is more to a big season than just retribution, the natural talent that Elliott possesses would make it possible to run for 2,000 yards. It helps that Dallas has one of the best offensive lines in the game, but Elliott is perhaps the most gifted running back in the league. Zeke’s vision, timing, speed and athletic ability all play a role in making him a threat to surpass 2,000 yards. Elliott is a whiz at setting up his blocks, has great balance and fools defenders into thinking they have an angle before he runs away from them.
Elliott has led the NFL in yards per game in each of his first two seasons, led the league in rushing as a rookie and likely would’ve done the same last year if the NFL hadn’t railroaded him with a six-game suspension. We know the Cowboys want to run the ball, if he plays all 16 games in 2018, he’ll make a run at going over two grand.
The Cowboys’ improvement along the offensive line is also a reason Zeke could be the first Cowboy to surpass 2,000 yards rushing. In his rookie year, Elliott thrived behind the best group in the league, a unit that included veterans Doug Free and Ronald Leary. Both of those maulers were gone last season, there were injury issues that plagued Tyron Smith and the teams’ indecisiveness at left guard all contributed to the dip in play by the offensive line 2017.
Expect the offensive line to rebound in a big way. The Cowboys drafted Connor Williams to solve the left guard problem, keeping La’el Collins at right tackle to continue his growth, and the team signed Cameron Fleming to upgrade the swing tackle spot. These are all moves that will benefit Ezekiel Elliott.
The Dallas Cowboys have built a smash mouth offense that wants to run the ball and wear down opposing defenses. They drafted Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall to be a difference maker, which he has shown to be. In his 26 games with the team: the Cowboys are 19-7 when Zeke suits up, 10-2 when he rushes for 100 yards and 17-5 when he either rushes for 100 yards or scored a touchdown in a game. Elliott is a game changer and the Cowboys know it!
Zeke is primed for a huge season. If he runs for 2,000 yards he will be the youngest player in NFL history to do it. The third-year star runner will be given every opportunity to go over the magical number and carry the Cowboys in 2018.
Ezekiel Elliott will attack 2,000 yards this season and it will be glorious to watch.
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