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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott knows he has to be better amid slow start

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is having a solid 2019 campaign.

The two-time Pro Bowler has rushed for 491 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 4.3 yards per carry. In addition, he has caught 18 passesfor 139 yards.

But Elliott is held to a higher standard than most other NFL halfbacks, so when he is not performing up to par, he is not going to be happy.

“Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t know,” Elliott said Wednesday when asked about his lack of game-breaking runs this season, per Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “I just think you know it may be luck of the draw, something that’s off about me. I’ve just got to be better.”

Elliott doesn’t have a single carry that has gone for 30 yards or more this season, and this past Sunday in a loss to the New York Jets, he averaged just 3.8 yards per attempt.

During that game, Elliott had a couple of decent runs, one that went for 13 yards and one that went for 12. The latter carry could have been a 75-yard touchdown if he had played it right, and that missed opportunity is still haunting him.

“It’s definitely a play I wish I could get back, a play that could have changed the game and a play that could have won the game,” Elliott said. “When I look back on the first six weeks of the season, I need to leave Sunday not having those regrets or not having those plays that I wish I could get back.”

We have no reason to doubt Elliott, as he has been one of the top backs in the NFL since entering the league in 2016. But there is also no question that he has not looked like himself though the first six weeks of 2019.