The preseason approaches us fast. While we can expect to see many familiar Cowboy faces out on the field, Ezekiel Elliott will not be present.
Wednesday in a media junction, Elliott explained why he wouldn't be playing in the preseason.
“I've been playing football for 20 years. This is my seventh year in the NFL. I've seen a lot of football,” were the words of Elliott.
“I don't think I need a preseason game, especially with Dallas' joint practices with the Broncos and Chargers.”
It would seem like Zeke is more focused on the season ahead than on the “practices” he so calls. What does this mean though? Will it change the offense drastically? I do believe so, however, it may perhaps even be a good act for the Cowboys' Offense.
In the preseason, teams like to focus on developing different players at different positions. When you have a running back like Ezekiel Elliott with seven years of experience in the league, you may want to start practicing with other players for that position.
Another problem that will be avoided by this decision is Elliott's health. He will not be in any harm to suffer an injury during the preseason.
So far so good, when looking at how this will help with the future.
What about the preseason games though? Will this action result in losses for the Cowboys?
Yes, without their star running back it's going to be challenging to score on offense. A loss in the upcoming preseason is rather likely now. In a game that doesn't matter though, this seems like the right decision.
Elliott has been very loyal to the Cowboys in his career. I think he understands that sitting out for these meaningless games will be best for the rest of the season. This will give a great opportunity for the second-string running backs to make their debut.
Tony Pollard will likely be the man running next Saturday. This is a great opportunity for him to show off his skills and to see if he will truly be the next big running back for the Cowboys.
No matter what will happen in the preseason, we will be sure to see Zeke return for the regular season soon. A monster can only be held back for a short about of time, Elliott will be running again soon stronger, and faster than ever.