Ezekiel Elliot received high praise from Doug Marrone ahead of the Dallas Cowboys’ Week 6 matchup with the head coach’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
“He’s probably the best running back in the league,” Marrone said on Wednesday, according to The Dallas Morning News’ Jon Machota. “Inside runner, outside runner, great out of the backfield, great hands, great in space. There probably isn’t a run that he can’t do. … I can’t say enough good things about the guy.”
Elliott leads the NFL with 480 rushing yards through Week 5, but he’s coming off his worst game of the season in a 19-16 loss to the Houston Texans. Elliott rushed 20 times for 54 yards, the third-lowest rushing total of his career. His 84 yards from scrimmage were also a season low, and he failed to score for just the second time this year.
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Despite the presence of the NFL’s leading rusher, the Cowboys sit at 2-3 on the year.
“One thing that’s good about this group that we have in this locker room is that there hasn’t been any finger-pointing at all. … There’s enough accountability in this locker room that there’s not going to be any finger-pointing,” Elliott said on Wednesday, per Machota.
Predictably, the team is near the top of the league, fifth overall, in rushing yards per game at 135.8. But their 172 passing yards per game rank 30th in the NFL, dragging their total yards per game to 307.8, 28th in the league. They’re 30th in points per game, with 16.6, and they’ve scored more than 20 points just once this year.
Dallas’ defense is keeping them afloat; their 19.6 points against per game is fifth in the league. But the unit’s forced just four turnovers, the NFL’s second-fewest.
“There’s enough leadership on this team that we don’t have to worry about guys saying you, you,” Elliott added. “The guy that may get pointed out is gonna say, ‘Hey, that’s on me, I f—ed up.’ We’re not gonna need anyone to go over there and say, ‘Hey, you need to get your s–t together.”
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Much of the Cowboys’ passing woes have been laid at the feet of Prescott, but Marrone was complimentary of him as well. Though he didn’t mention the quarterback’s much-maligned accuracy — Prescott has a 61.8 percent completion rate, good for 28th out of 35 qualified passers.
“He’s a good athlete. He can run,” the Jags coach said, per Machota. “He has a real strong arm. He has really good command. He’s real confident, real poised. He doesn’t get rattled, doesn’t turn the ball over. I think those are a lot of the things that make him a good [QB].”