Ezekiel Elliott has finally faced his demons.
After saying he expects the NFL to imminently announce its ruling, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones further elaborated by revealing the star running back has met with league officials in New York regarding his domestic violence allegation stemming from a 2016 incident.
They have had their hearing and they have had all of the responses, Jones said after Saturday’s training camp practice, via the team’s website. Everything’s in place to make a decision.
What are the strengths of Detroit’s running back-by-committee approach and what makes you optimistic that this group can help you and the Lions in 2017?
If we stay healthy we’re extremely talented. I think we were on our way to that at the beginning of last year. Ameer (Abdullah) had a great Week One, a great Week Two and then obviously had the (season-ending) injury. Theo (Riddick) did a really nice job the rest of the year with some of the other guys like Zach Zenner and Dwayne (Washington). If we can get the majority of the season with a full complement of the backs, it’s really gonna help us because they’re all really talented guys.
Why do you and your offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter have such a tight relationship?
That’s a blueprint the Cowboys have followed, flanking Elliott with Morris and Darren McFadden. The Bills spelled McCoy with Mike Gillislee. It’s also the plan whoever winds up courting Bell in 2018 should follow as well; the tailback-by-committee plan isn’t dead, but it’s changed into a much more favorable split for star runners.