FRISCO — Ezekiel Elliott is being paid like the NFL’s top running back.On Wednesday, he said that he doesn’t believe he’s been that this year. The Cowboys running back is off to a highly productive start in 2019. This is especially true when considering the team limited his workload in the first two games, accounting for him missing training camp amid a 40-day contract holdout. Still, when Elliott looks elsewhere, he gives credit where he believes credit is due.Elliott said that he doesn’t believe recent performances — he’s averaged an NFL-high 118.3 rushing yards per game since Week 6 — have demonstrated he’s the best back in the league.“I wouldn’t say so,” Elliott said. “I think there’s been running backs that have played better than me this year. … I don’t think it bothers me. It kind of adds a little fuel to the fire. I’ve got some more work to do. That’s all.”Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is an MVP candidate, totaling 881 rushing yards, 363 receiving yards and a league-high 13 total touchdowns in eight games. On Sunday evening, the Cowboys will host the Minnesota Vikings, whose Dalvin Cook paces the NFL with 177 carries and 894 yards in nine games. Elliott didn’t name names on which backs he believes have outshone him so far.He was, however, complimentary of Cook.“Just his speed, his ability to stretch and cut and make guys miss,” Elliott said. “He’s definitely a special guy.”Through eight games, Elliott has totaled 158 carries for 741 yards and six touchdowns, adding 24 receptions for 176 yards. On pace for 1,482 rushing yards, the 24-year-old can become the sixth player in NFL history to reach 1,400 rushing yards in three of his first four NFL seasons, joining Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson, Emmitt Smith, Terrell Davis and Clinton Portis.hidden ad unit{“unitName”:”dfpPosition1″,”display”:”mobile”,”isMobile”:false}All but Portis are Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees.



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