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    Dak Prescott on Ezekiel Elliott: “He’s In The Best Shape Of His Life”

    Ezekiel Elliott had the worse season of his career in 2020. He posted career lows in rushing yards (979), yards per rush (4.0), and yards per game (65.3). Also, he tied a career-low with six rushing touchdowns and equaled a career-high with six fumbles.

    Elliott has responded by indulging in a rigorous training regimen, and he's looked a lot leaner and quicker on his feet. His best friend on the team, Dak Prescott, recently raved about the 2016 first-round pick and what he's seen from him so far.

    “Zeke looks great,” Prescott said, via the Dallas Morning News. “He's in the best shape of his life. Looking fast. Everybody's seen the clips of him working out independently with his coach. His cuts, just how explosive he is. Excited to have a full year with him again and getting him healthy throughout the whole season.”

    The three-time selection had a plethora of things that assisted in his only down season in the NFL. Prescott missed 11 games which allowed teams to focus more on Elliott with no real threat from the other three quarterbacks that took snaps last season. , , and missed 36 games combined and the Cowboys spent the entire patching together offensive lines, which didn't allow much continuity to ensue among the unit as a whole.

    The bug also hit Elliott last season. Although he only missed one game, Elliott dealt with a nagging calf bruise at the tail end of the year. Also, he battled last summer and no one can be sure what effects that may have had on his body.

    Now that he's back to 100 percent, Prescott is ready to see Elliott regain his spot as the league's top runner.

    “When Zeke's healthy and Zeke's doing his thing, he's the best running back in the league,” Prescott said. “It's just exciting to see him in the best shape of his life, or best shape he's been in the NFL. That's going to be special for us moving forward.”

    Many have taken the opportunity to throw dirt on the grave of Elliott since the 2020 campaign ended. However, when looking back on his career, that isn't the smartest approach to take. Elliott led the NFL in rushing in 2016 and 2018 and was tops in the league in terms of yards per game (98.3) the season in between. 2019 might have been Elliott's most impressive season as he finished fourth in rushing (1,357), fourth in rushing touchdowns (12), second in all-purpose yards (1,777), and was tied for first in 100-yard games (7) all while playing with a near 5,000-yard and two 1,100-yard receivers.

    Elliott hasn't been grinding by himself this offseason though. His backup, , has been in the trenches with him as he looks to rejuvenate his career, and the former Memphis Tiger mentioned recently that Elliott has had a razor-sharp focus while preparing for the .

    “He's definitely been locked in,” said Pollard. “I can tell he's took the right step forward this offseason, getting his diet right and getting in shape. Me and him, you know, we worked out a lot of times during the offseason. So, we're both locked in this offseason getting ready.”

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    With Prescott and the healthy, a three-headed monster at (, , ), and the return of at the position, Elliott could have one of the best seasons of his career with opposing defenses having so much to focus on besides him. Not to mention, his motivation to prove he's still one of the NFL's elite running backs will fuel his fire to have a bounce-back season in 2021.

    The health of Elliott and others around him will ultimately determine how effective he is this season. If all the stars aligned, the NFL may witness Elliott fix several plates at the buffet and eat defenses for dinner like he's been accustomed to in years past.

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    Gary b

    Always interesting to hear a player is in the “best shape of their life ” What shape were they in all the other years? He’s just now paying attention to his diet? He’s a professional athlete shouldn’t he be in great shape every year?

    Not to be negative but everyone feels and looks good in OTAs. I’m more encouraged hearing from their own mouth that T Smith and L Collins feel great. Other players and particularly the cowboys organization spin rainbows and lollipops regardless. They strung us along with both Collins and Smith last year until they shut them down for the year. But again to hear both Collins and Smith say they feel great is very good news. We’ll see with Zeke. We’ll know early on whether he has anything left.

    ThrowuptheX88

    Funny, TO said the exact same thing about himself when he did that “FOOTBALL LIFE” episode about his career, he said he after being out of the NFL for several years that he wasn’t planning on retiring and that he’d still play today if someone wanted him, and he still ain’t got a call

    I sure do hope Dak says he’s in the best shape of his life, cuz if he said he wasn’t, ppl be having a field day,

    We’ll see what happens this year, i say he’s on the downhill and maybe another Todd Gurley situation where he gets straight up dropped for nothing in return

    Don Howard

    I think you should be ashamed if after being in the league 5 years and signed an enormous contract you finally got in shape and yes if he’s in the best shape ever he wasn’t really in shape before and certainly not doing his best before that really shows lack of character

    gary b

    Don- Does Zeke strike u as someone that has high character? No me either. A long suspension one year and a long hold out another basically screwed the cowboys out of two seasons. Why Jerry made a big investment in him I’ll never know.

    At least Jerry had the good sense to invest at the most important position in sports (QB) with a guy that epitomizes character, class and work ethic.

    VAM

    Look, EE was GREAT his first three years, and I loved his play and production. Especially his first year when he basically carried the offense: 1631 run yds, 109 Y/G, 5.1 avg, 1994 scm yds. Hence the great win/loss record, 13-3. Unfortunately, since then we’re 33-31, and in a weak division no less.

    Is EE in “the best shape of his life” now? One could make excuses about Covid and injuries, and I hope these things had an effect on his sub par (for him) play. But his play was off in 2019 also. I just didn’t see the same burst and speed. It appears the decline of EE co-insides with the decline of our win/loss record overall, especially the last two years.