Cowboys Tony Romo shares his thoughts on Ezekiel Elliott
After his top selection in the NFL Draft last month, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo shares his thoughts on the newest Cowboy, running back Ezekiel Elliott.
When the Dallas Cowboys made the choice to select Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall selection in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, they did so for several reasons.
One of those reasons was certainly in an effort to extend the career of their 36-year old starting quarterback Tony Romo. By adding Elliott to their roster, the Cowboys are hoping to take the pressure of winning games off arm of their aging superstar and place a more balanced offense on the field this season.
It’s a similar plan to the one Dallas implemented two years ago in which they finished the season with a 12-4 record, went undefeated on the road (regular season) and posted their first playoff victory since 2009. And they did all this with former starting running back DeMarco Murray entrenched in the backfield and leading the league in rushing yardage.
During that season in 2014, Romo missed only one game due to injury. Last year, without that same powerful running attack to support and protect him, the veteran quarterback played four total games under center after suffering from two separate collarbone injuries.
The Cowboys are hoping, with Elliott now cemented in the backfield, that the talented running back can keep Romo upright and under center. But what does the veteran gunslinger think of the newest Cowboy?
"“[Elliott’s] job now is going to be to out and prove that he is who he is and he knows that,” Romo told NBCDFW,com during a recent interview. “I think it’s really not anything else other than coming to work everyday and committing to it. If he loves the game of football, he’ll get everything out of himself that he can and that’s all we can really ask of someone who’s taking on that position. And so far, he’s done a very good job at that.”"
Many experts considered Elliott to be the most complete running back in the draft since Adrian Peterson. One of his best traits is his ability to pass block. In fact, Elliott’s head coach at Ohio State, Urban Meyer, claims the young back is the best player he’s ever coached without the ball in his hands.
Elliott should become Romo’s new best friend on this Cowboys roster this season (outside of tight end Jason Witten, of course). Not only can the talented running back take the onus of the offense off the aging quarterback by being effective in the ground game. Last season, Ezekiel ran for 1,821 yards and 23 touchdowns for the Buckeyes. But Elliott never has to come off the field as he can play every single down on offense because he’s an outstanding pass blocker and receiver to boot.
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