Ezekiel Elliott reaches receiving milestone in victory over Saints
“We run and we hit. Point blank, period.”
Sitting on the NFL Network set just moments after locking up the biggest win of the season, running back Ezekiel Elliott summed up the 2018 Dallas Cowboys’ identity with those two football fundamentals.
But in crunching the numbers from the team’s 13-10 upset of the New Orleans Saints, it’s clear Elliott would be justified in adding one more skill to his own resume.
He catches, too.
With six receptions for 60 yards and a score against the Saints, Elliott surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for career receiving yards. He now has 111 total catches for 1,055 yards and six touchdowns through the air in his three seasons as a pro.
Elliott was busy against New Orleans with 29 touches overall, giving him 115 over the Cowboys’ past three games,all played in a short 12-day span. The team’s mini-break before Week 14 will no doubt offer Elliott a welcome rest.
When the Cowboys suit up again to face the Philadelphia Eagles, the numbers suggest Elliott will continue at his usual torrid pace, both through the air and on the ground.
Elliott leads all players in rushing yardage since entering the league in 2016, despite missing six games due to a suspension and being held out of a seventh in the final game of his rookie season.
Despite the lofty personal stats, though, Elliott had a chip on his shoulder after the win over the Saints, focused on how the team can still improve.
“This was not good enough,” he explained to NFL Network. “We did great, but I mean, we’ve got to be better than that,” Elliott said, per the team’s website.
“I think we had an opportunity to step on their throats and really win by a lot more, but we didn’t and we let them hang around, and we’ve just got to do better at finishing these ball games.”