Patriots RB Ezekiel Elliott opens up about facing Cowboys

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Inside the guests locker room Sunday at MetLife Stadium, Ezekiel Elliott had lower than an hour to have a good time his first win as a Patriot earlier than wanting forward.

Elliott didn’t want a reminder of the following opponent on the Patriots’ schedule. It’s his former staff, the one he hoped to spend his total profession with: Dallas.

“I was definitely disappointed, but everything happens for a reason,” Elliott mentioned of his launch in Dallas. “God has his plan for us. I’m excited for this next chapter in my life. I’m excited to be a Patriot, I’m excited to go chase a Super Bowl here.”

Elliott performed the primary seven years of his profession in Dallas, the place he took nearly 2,000 carries, made three Pro Bowls and one All-Pro staff. He gained Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016, speeding for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns, single-season marks he’s but to high once more. Elliott loved three extra 1,000-yard seasons in Dallas earlier than the Cowboys launched him final spring.

Five months later, the Pats inked him to a 1-year deal. Against the Jets on Sunday, he rushed for a season-high 80 yards on 16 carries.

Elliott, 28, later mirrored on his time in Dallas, which included successful the primary College Football Playoff nationwide title with Ohio State in Jan. 2015.