‘Cannot look too far down the highway’

Ezekiel Elliott’s contract stays atop the record for NFL working backs, whereas his manufacturing has diminished.

Past the upcoming 2022 season, Elliott’s contract provides no extra assured cash and subsequently has precipitated some questions concerning this doubtlessly being his closing marketing campaign with the Cowboys.

Elliott is not worrying himself over any of that as he gears up for his seventh NFL season in Dallas.

“I believe it’s a large season, however I believe you possibly can’t look too far down the highway,” Elliott mentioned Wednesday, by way of ESPN’s Todd Archer. “I believe if I give attention to daily, if I give attention to having a great day of camp, if I give attention to taking it week by week, I believe all the pieces will deal with itself. And I do not suppose there’s actually a purpose to look that far down the highway. I believe if I deal with my enterprise daily, then I will be in a reasonably good scenario on the finish of the season.”

Elliott, 27, inked a six-year extension in 2019 value $90 million at a mean of $15 million per 12 months. The $90 million complete stays tops amongst NFL backs, per Over the Cap, and his yearly common is tied for second. Nevertheless, after he will get a assured $12.4 million this season, the remaining 4 years don’t have any assured cash coming in. That may make issues lots simpler for the Cowboys to maneuver on from Zeke.

For now, although, Elliott, who was picked fourth total within the 2016 NFL Draft by Dallas, is all about transferring ahead with this 12 months and getting previous a knee harm he sustained early final season and performed by.

“It undoubtedly was irritating and undoubtedly irritating sure components of the 12 months, however it’s soccer,” Elliott mentioned. “I believe at present could be the one day everybody’s going to be 100%. From right here on out, everybody’s going to have a pair bumps and bruises and nobody’s going to be 100, so simply attempting to do all the pieces I can off the sector to ensure I protect my well being and am prepared for Sundays.”

Elliott completed final season with a career-low 237 rushes for 1,002 yards, 10 touchdowns and a career-worst 58.9 yards per sport. His 4.2 yards per carry have been additionally under his profession common (4.5). These numbers got here to be as backfield mate Tony Pollard averaged a career-high 5.5 yards per try to realize a career-best 719 yards speeding on 107 fewer rushes than Elliott. Followers and media, alike, clamored for extra Pollard touches previous to final season and proceed to take action.

“It is powerful being injured and form of feeling your self lose a step,” Elliott mentioned. “So it undoubtedly helped me get again to transferring on the velocity I used to be used to and bringing that confidence again to myself — again to my physique, again to my thoughts that I may make these cuts.”

Elliott believes he’s certainly again, deeming himself totally wholesome because the Cowboys follow in Oxnard, California.

“I used to be a little bit nervous originally of the [offseason], like, ‘Dang, this factor nonetheless form of feels a little bit iffy,'” Elliott mentioned. “However I am going to say most likely a month or two into the offseason, a month or two getting again into work, and I am going to say most likely by the point OTAs hit, I used to be again 100.”

In fact, Elliott being again to his outdated self — the again who went to 3 Professional Bowls in 4 seasons and gained the speeding crown twice in that span – will stay to be seen till the video games matter. And simply how a lot he seems just like the Zeke of outdated in 2022 may properly decide if he is nonetheless main the way in which for the Cowboys in 2023.