Ezekiel Elliott missed six games last season while serving a suspension after a lengthy court battle with the NFL. The Cowboys went 3-3 without him and missed the playoffs.
The star running back, who led the league in rushing with 1,631 yards and scored 16 total touchdowns as a rookie, rushed for 983 yards and nine total touchdowns last season.
He considers 2017 something of a lost season.
With what happened last year with the whole suspension and everything, I think he felt as though he didn’t accomplish anything, Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown said. But he did accomplish some things.
You have your typical zones that you see in the NFL or in American football: Cover 2, Cover 3, Cover 4 and some combination. You may get two to one side, four to the other side, two-man, man, things like that. But the way that the defensive coordinators here can create different schemes in different zones, it’s not the same as in American football. The windows aren’t the same. How you read different coverages is not the same.
He’s off to a good start making that happen and he’s earned a new label from Washington head coach Jay Gruden by playing well without saying much.
Trey has come in here, and I haven’t heard him talk a whole lot. He’s very quiet, Gruden said at a press conference last week. He’s a quiet assassin and he just goes out there and is very detailed in his routes. Ike [Hilliard] has done a great job with him, and Trey, when the ball’s in the area, he’s got strong hands. Very quarterback-friendly target. He can run the option routes. He’s learning from Jamison [Crowder], which is good, but he can also line up in different spots, so Trey is a guy that we’re going to rely on to be able to play multiple spots, be tough enough in the running game to block safeties from time to time. He’ll do whatever is asked of him, I know that, and maybe even return some punts. We’ll see, but I’ve been very impressed with Trey.
Crowder, Paul Richardson and Josh Doctson are expected to be the top three receivers in Washington this season, but Quinn, who had an FBS-best 114 catches at SMU last year, should be right behind them if his summer goes as well as the spring.