Entering his seventh season in the NFL, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is coming off a less-than-stellar 2021 campaign.
While Elliott has his sights set on a turnaround in 2022, speaking to reporters at training camp this week, the three-time Pro Bowler revealed some lofty career goals.
In addition to bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Dallas, Elliott hopes to reach 10,000 career rushing yards, targeting that number as the sweet spot to have a gold jacket waiting for him in Canton.
Only 31 running backs in NFL history have surpassed 10,000 rushing yards; 16 are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Currently, 15 running backs with 10,000 or more yards are not in the Hall, and only one player, four-time All-Pro Adrian Peterson, is active.
Elliott is third among active running backs in career rushing yards (7,386), behind only Mark Ingram (7,878) and Peterson (14,918).
Elliott played through a PCL tear in 2021. Although he didn’t miss a single game, Elliott’s numbers suffered.
Despite rushing for more than 1,000 yards for the fourth time in his career, Elliott averaged just 4.2 yards per carry and a career-low 58.9 yards per game.
Elliott’s yards per game average is down significantly from his rookie year, as are his touches. They made a big jump in 2020 as Elliott averaged 4.0 yards per carry and 65.3 yards per play, finishing the season with 979 yards rushing in 15 games.
The 10,000-yard milestone is not out of reach for Elliott, but recent trends diminish his chances.