Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott leads the NFL in rushing with 1,074 yards, and he’s racking up touches at an alarming rate. Elliott is on a pace to reach a career-high 384 touches this season, and Dallas doesn’t plan on making changes anytime soon.
“His workload has been what we expect it to be,” Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said, via ProFootballTalk. “He’s one of the kind of rare guys who can do that week in and week out, and we’ve got to continue with that. He’s doing a great job of honing in all three downs. He plays a lot of snaps for us. It’s obviously a testament to him getting himself physically and mentally ready to do that.”
Elliott, 23, has never been shy about asking for the ball, and the Cowboys have continued to find new ways to put it in his hands. Elliott has recorded 105 receptions in his three-year career, and 47 of those have come this season. He’s turned those catches into 363 receiving yards and two touchdowns so far in 2018.
The Cowboys depend on Elliott to be the offense’s engine, even with the addition of receiver Amari Cooper.
Dallas plays the Saints at 8:20 p.m. ET Thursday in Texas. New Orleans arguably has been the best team in the NFL this season. The Saints have rattled off 10 consecutive wins since being upset by the Buccaneers in their opener, and they’ve given up only 805 rushing yards, the best in the NFL.
Elliott will have to overcome hip soreness he’s dealing with. The 6-5 Cowboys are tied with the Redskins for first place in the NFC East, so every game is critical moving forward.