Jason Garrett will keep feeding Ezekiel Elliott the ball, but he wants the rookie running back to be mindful of the ensuing gesture.
In an interview with 105.3 The Fan, Garrett said he hasn’t told Elliot to stop the gesture. But he wants to make sure the first-round pick is focused on the game.
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“Sometimes you just have to be careful with gestures that you make on the field,” Garrett said, as transcribed by the Dallas Morning News. “And as much as anything else, you embrace the enthusiasm and passion, you just want to keep it focused.”
Elliott ran for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Bengals on Sunday. He had a 60-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that ultimately put the game out of reach.
“There’s no question that he’s someone that when you give him the ball, he gets better and better and better,” Garrett said. “So there’s no doubt that we’re going to keep getting opportunities, and he’s certainly taking advantage of them.”
It’s been working well for the Cowboys so far.
Elliot has a league-best 546 rushing yards this season and has ran for at least 100 yards in three straight games. His 15 carries this week were actually a season-low after he carried the ball at least 20 times in each of the first four games.