OXNARD, CA (KAUZ) - A lot of talk this offseason has focused on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott looking to avoid a sophomore slump. The goal is the same for running back Ezekiel Elliott. He led the league in rushing as a rookie, gaining over 1600 yards and 15 touchdowns.
As defenses look for a way to slow him down on the ground, the 'Boys are trying to come up with new ways to get the ball in his hands.
At camp this year, Prescott and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan talked about looking to get 'Zeke the ball more through the air this season.
"I think he can have more production in the passing game for sure," Linehan said. "That is one thing we have talked about and want to do. We want the ball in his hands any way we can get it to him. When its all said and done we want him in the game and there is no a down we don't want him in the game. We make that decision each week."
"I think Zeke can get more catches this year without him playing more plays," Prescott said. "His ability with the ball in his hands is valuable to this offense so in passing games, defenses giving us soft coverages to get to him and do what's best. You can see we have given it to him a bunch at here already. Its just how the offense is going and what the defense is giving us. We aren't calling extra plays to get Zeke the ball."
The Cowboys will play Arizona in the NFL Hall of Fame game Thursday night in Canton, Ohio, but don't expect to see many, if any of the starters for either team in the game, even for a few plays.