Jones Hopes To Have Ezekiel Elliott Back, But Dak Can Carry The Cowboys

105.3 The Fan
September 03, 2019 - 8:58 am

DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) - Even with Ezekiel Elliott holding out from joining the Dallas Cowboys for the beginning of the regular season, team owner Jerry Jones believes that his star quarterback can carry the team without him.

When asked by The Fan's Shan & RJ that if the deal will be done in time to have Elliott back with the team before facing the NY Giants on Sunday, Jones says Zeke should be 'fresh' and that he can, "handle any workload" when the deal is done and he is ready to play. But Jones offerered no insight as to when the deal may be done.

"I am hopeful that we'll have Zeke" said Jones.

And Jerry says flatly to the fans who say the Cowboys are messing around with their chances of competing for a Super Bowl by not getting the Ezekiel Elliott deal done, "I ain't messing around" said Jones. 

"There's no question the pie is getting smaller" said Jones, regarding all of the other deals getting done, including signing OL La'el Collins to a 5-year extension.

And what about the other contracts that are still outstanding, those being with QB Dak Prescott and WR Amari Cooper, "that is still a moving target, but it takes chunk out of the pie" said Jones. 

But how will the Cowboys fare without Zeke in the backfield this weekend, if he doesn't get a deal done in time? Jones feels that the team is in good shape to play without him, and that Prescott can carry the team.

“Absolutely. Absolutely. Unquestionably” when asked if Dak can get the job done without Elliott.