As Profootballtalk.com's Charean Williams reminded readers, Ezekiel Elliott
had five carries of 30 yards or more as a rookie in 2016. He has had four in the 31 regular-season games since, including none this year.
“Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t know,” Elliott said Wednesday what asked about it. “I just think you know it may be luck of the draw, something that’s off about me. I’ve just got to be better.”
Elliott’s last game-breaker came in the Cowboys’ postseason victory over the Seahawks in January.
His longest run on 28 carries Sunday was 13 yards, but his second carry, which went for 12, could have gone for a 75-yard touchdown. It’s one he wants back.
“It’s definitely a play I wish I could get back, a play that could have changed the game and a play that could have won the game,” Elliott said. “When I look back on the first six weeks of the season, I need to leave Sunday not having those regrets or not having those plays that I wish I could get back.”
Elliott said he’s “not really hunting” long runs, but he would love to have one.
“I don’t want to press it,” Elliott said. “I’m not going to try too hard to create a big play. Just opportunities like [the one Sunday], just making sure I take full advantage of it so Monday, I’m not regretting or thinking that I could have done something different or done something better.”
Elliott’s longest run this season is 27 yards, and his 491 rushing yards ranks sixth. Elliott won the league rushing title in 2016 and last season and led the league in yards per game in 2017 when he served a six-game suspension. ...
Meanwhile, Cooper is questionable for Sunday night's showdown
with the Eagles, but as ESPN's Mike Clay notes, Dallas' No. 1 wide receiver has a mouthwatering matchup if he's able to go.
Cooper went for 6 catches-75 yards-0 touchdowns on 10 targets and 10-217-3 on 13 targets in his two matchups with Philadelphia last season. Regardless of Cooper's status, Michael Gallup
is in the same situation as a heavily targeted perimeter receiver against the Eagles' leaky secondary.
Eagles "starting" perimeter corners Jalen Mills (physically unable to perform list) and Ronald Darby (out since Week 4) returned to practice this week but aren't locks to play (Darby is questionable). Replacements Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones have struggled big time.
Regardless of the personnel, the Eagles have allowed the most fantasy points to wide receivers and specifically to perimeter receivers. In fact, Philadelphia has allowed the third-most yards (1,214), most receiving touchdowns (11), most end zone targets (22) and fifth-highest YPR (14.8) to the position.
If Cooper is out, Devin Smith
or Cedrick Wilson
will replace him on the outside and the starter will make for a deep sleeper.
Note that Randall Cobb
is also questionable.
Cobb -- or Tavon Austin
if Cobb remains out -- won't get as much of a boost because the Eagles allow the sixth-fewest fantasy points to the slot.
Also worth remembering: With Cobb out and Cooper limited to three snaps due to injury last week, it was Austin who saw the biggest boost in workload.
Austin was on the field for 92 percent of the snaps and posted a 5-64-0 receiving line on six targets. It was Austin's highest snap share since he played 93 percent of the Rams' offensive snaps in Week 1 of the 2016 season. Gallup (96 percent), Cedrick Wilson
(59 percent) and Ventell Bryant
(3 percent) were also involved.
If Cooper and Cobb both sit out, Austin will man the slot with Wilson on the perimeter opposite Gallup. The two replacement receivers would, in turn, be very interesting sleepers
against an Eagles pass defense that has allowed 11 touchdowns and the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.