Ezekiel Elliot Discusses Football, Stays Quiet About Investigation
Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott was in the news last week after being accused of domestic violence. However, he refused to address the situation while answering media questions at the team’s training camp. With a healthy Romo and Elliott, who the team believes will be a star, the Cowboys have good online NFL betting odds of making the playoffs. But, if Romo gets hurt or Elliott doesn’t live up to the hype, it’s going to be another tough season for the Cowboys.
After being asked three questions about the domestic violence investigations, Elliott told reporters that he would not comment on anything regarding any legal matters, then added that he was there to talk about football and would be happy to answer any football related questions.
Despite the allegations, Elliott has not been charged by the police. In the police report, Elliott denied committing the assault; he also told the cops that he never lived with the woman, who was identified as Tiffany Thompson.
Elliott’s father also denied the allegations and issued a statement saying the evidence shows the real motivation behind the woman calling the cops. He also said he was confident that when the truth came out, it would reveal the allegations made were false.
The Dallas Cowboys have also backed Elliott in the matter. Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he hadn’t seen any contradictions in Elliott’s story to make him believe the running back is lying.
While he refused to answer non-football related questions, Elliott was more than happy to respond to questions about his first NFL training camp. The fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft told reporters that the first few days of training camp had been eye opening.
Elliott said the training camp practices were longer than the methods he practices at Ohio State, and that the players were a lot faster than he initially thought they would be. The running back said he got a little taste of what camp would be like during OTAs, but this is the first time the full squad has been assembled at the same time.
According to reports, Elliott has been practicing with the first team in training camp, while free agent acquisition Alfred Morris has been practicing with the second unit. Since the Cowboys are giving Elliott first-team reps at the start of training camp, it is safe to assume he has been penciled in as the team’s opening day starter. However, the Cowboys haven’t officially made a decision about who their starter will be once the season begins.
Elliott said he has been doing what the coaching staff has asked of him, and he acknowledged that the team has a depth issue at the running back position with Darren McFadden recovering from an injury and Lance Dunbar also dealing with injury issues.
Despite being the fourth pick in the draft; Elliott will be going into the season with the highest expectations of all the rookies because he was a stud running back in college, and was drafted by the Cowboys, who are one of the highest profile professional teams, and the team with the best offensive line in the league. If Elliott lives up to the expectations, the Cowboys will be one of the best teams in the NFL this season.