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Ezekiel Elliott on surpassing 1,000 yards: It’s what’s expected of me

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) earned NFC offensive player of the week honors after his big game Sunday.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) earned NFC offensive player of the week honors after his big game Sunday. AP

Ezekiel Elliott earned NFC offensive player of the week honors. The rookie running back gained 209 total yards, including 114 rushing, and scored two of his three touchdowns in the final 2 minutes.

“Once again, not really something you pay much attention to,” Elliott said Wednesday. “Just focused on going back, looking at the last game we played, what we did wrong, what we did right, how we can improve and move onto the next week.”

The accolades just keep on coming for Elliott … as do the yards.

He has 1,005 yards and nine touchdowns on 198 carries. Elliott leads the league in rushing, 75 yards ahead of Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray, and joins Eric Dickerson and Adrian Peterson as the only rookie runners ever to surpass 1,000 yards in nine games.

Elliott needs only 3 yards to pass Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett for the team rookie record.

“It was what was expected of me,” Elliott said of 1,000 yards. “Being an early pick in the draft and playing behind that great offensive line we’ve got, it was an expectation, just one of our goals this season that we can check off. But not really paying too much attention to it. Just trying to keep this ball rolling and win some more football games.”

Elliott has planted himself firmly in the discussion not only for league rookie of the year honors but offensive player of the year and MVP as well.

“Really it’s not….” Elliott said. “Whoever wins MVP, whoever wins whatever those awards are, that’s not my decision. My job is to go out there and play football; my job is to go out there and win football games. If we go out there and we play well and win football games, all the good stuff will come with it. It’s not my job to worry about something I can’t control. I can just control how I go out there and how I perform every week.”

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