Ezekiel Elliott Open to Splitting Carries if it Helps the Team Win

By 105.3 The Fan

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott wants to do whatever he can to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Dallas, including losing some touches to backup running back Tony Pollard.

During an appearance Tuesday on Shan and RJ on 105.3 The Fan, Elliott was asked if he'd be open to splitting carries if it meant he'd extend his career?

"I mean, I've been pretty durable through my career. ... 300 carries every season ... haven't seemed to be slowing down yet. But if they ever came to me and asked me to split carries, I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna do whatever they ask me to do to win. That's my number one thing. I love being the bell-cow. I love getting the rock 30 times a game. I do. But whatever this team needs me to do to win that's what I'm gonna do."'

Elliott has been tooting the Cowboys offensive horn all off season, while adding that there are plenty of touches to go around to satisfy him and the trio of star receivers (Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb).

In response to a tweet from ESPN's Ed Werder who questioned how Elliott will pad the stats this season with Cooper's "expectations" that the team will employ three 1,000 yard receivers, Elliott said in a tweet, "we are all gonna EAT. Don't try to start that messy (crap)."

New Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy already has a plan for Elliott and he agreed with his running back's sentiment.

“First off, with Zeke, he’s going to get the football,” McCarthy said previously. “Let’s make no mistake about that.''

Elliott is right that he's shown no signs of slowing down. In 2019, he rushed for over 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns, while adding 54 catches for 420 yards and two more scores.

There are no indications that McCarthy will ask his star back to split carries this season. We'd actually bet against it. But the idea that he's being a "team guy" here is nothing but a positive sign for the Cowboys heading into the season.