OXNARD, Calif. — Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t have to look far for motivation. He’s coming off the worst statistical yr of his profession with the Dallas Cowboys, dashing for simply 979 yards in 15 video games.
“Simply having the yr I had final yr, you do not want extra motivation than that,” Elliott mentioned after the Cowboys’ first coaching camp follow. “I simply know the kind of participant I’m. I do not suppose I confirmed that final yr. I bought lots to show. I simply made certain I did not depart any doubt on the market that I did not do as a lot as I wanted to do.”
Along with the work within the Cowboys’ offseason program, Elliott skilled with a private operating backs coach, Josh Hicks, for the primary time in his profession. The purpose was to enhance his short-area quickness that can assist him get extra than simply the 2 carries of 20 yards or extra he had in 2020. He had simply two video games with greater than 100 yards dashing, topping out at 105. He had 26 100-yard video games in his first 4 seasons.
“I feel it is positively one thing I wanted to work on,” Elliott mentioned. “It is positively one thing I wanted to enhance, so I went and bought within the lab and bought higher.”
He improved his vitamin together with his private chef that helped get him right down to 218 kilos, 10 kilos lighter than he was listed finally yr. The final time he was 218 kilos, he was a freshman at Ohio State.
“I’ve heard as you grow old on this league you need to begin shedding weight and vitamin has performed a giant a part of that,” Elliott mentioned. “Shoutout to my chef, Chef Hoppie, for getting me proper and getting me lean and prepared for the season. I really feel good the place I’m.”
Elliott signed a six-year, $90 million extension in 2019 that assured him $50 million. He’s set to make $9.6 million this yr and his $12.4 million base wage in 2022 is already absolutely assured.
His purpose is to not show doubters improper.
“Show it to myself. I do it for my teammates. I feel the toughest half about final yr is you are feeling such as you let your teammates down. That hurts,” mentioned Elliott, who additionally fumbled six occasions in 2020. “I need to ensure I put my finest step ahead and do every little thing I have to do to assist this workforce win.”
Elliott celebrated his twenty sixth birthday Thursday. Dak Prescott gave him a diamond bracelet as a gift. The followers in attendance for follow sang, “Blissful Birthday.”
“It goes by quick. You hear it on a regular basis (however) till you get to yr six you do not notice it,” Elliott mentioned. “It goes in a flash of an eye fixed. I’ve had a good time. Doing it with nice folks. I look ahead to being right here a lotta extra years.”