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Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott hopes to rebound with focus on diet, quickness

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OXNARD, Calif. — Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t want to look far for motivation. He is coming off the worst statistical yr of his profession with the Dallas Cowboys, speeding for simply 979 yards in 15 video games.

“Just having the year I had last year, you don’t need more motivation than that,” Elliott mentioned after the Cowboys’ first coaching camp observe. “I just know the type of player I am. I don’t think I showed that last year. I got a lot to prove. I just made sure I didn’t leave any doubt out there that I didn’t do as much as I needed to do.”

In addition to the work within the Cowboys’ offseason program, Elliott skilled with a private operating backs coach, Josh Hicks, for the primary time in his profession. The aim was to enhance his short-area quickness that can assist him get extra than simply the 2 carries of 20 yards or extra he had in 2020. He had simply two video games with greater than 100 yards speeding, topping out at 105. He had 26 100-yard video games in his first 4 seasons.

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“I think it’s definitely something I needed to work on,” Elliott mentioned. “It’s definitely something I needed to improve, so I went and got in the lab and got better.”

He improved his diet with his private chef that helped get him down to 218 kilos, 10 kilos lighter than he was listed ultimately yr. The final time he was 218 kilos, he was a freshman at Ohio State.

“I’ve heard as you get older in this league you want to start losing weight and nutrition has played a big part of that,” Elliott mentioned. “Shoutout to my chef, Chef Hoppie, for getting me right and getting me lean and ready for the season. I feel good where I am.”

Elliott signed a six-year, $90 million extension in 2019 that assured him $50 million. He is ready to make $9.6 million this yr and his $12.4 million base wage in 2022 is already totally assured.

His aim isn’t to show doubters mistaken.

“Prove it to myself. I do it for my teammates. I think the hardest part about last year is you feel like you let your teammates down. That hurts,” mentioned Elliott, who additionally fumbled six instances in 2020. “I want to make sure I put my best step forward and do everything I need to do to help this team win.”

Elliott celebrated his twenty sixth birthday Thursday. Dak Prescott gave him a diamond bracelet as a gift. The followers in attendance for observe sang, “Happy Birthday.”

“It goes by fast. You hear it all the time (but) until you get to year six you don’t realize it,” Elliott mentioned. “It goes in a flash of an eye. I have had a great time. Doing it with great people. I look forward to being here a lotta more years.”

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