If you thought that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has looked a lot leaner than usual in recent pictures, the numbers on the scale back you up.
Elliott, who turned 26 today and is entering his sixth NFL season, has appeared ripped and noticeably lighter of late. After today’s opening training camp practice, Elliott confirmed to reporters he has indeed dropped weight.
The burly back, who is listed at 6-foot, 228 pounds on his NFL.com profile, said he is down to 218. This is the lowest he’s been since his freshman year at Ohio State back in 2013.
#Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott says he is now 218. Last time he weighed that was freshman year in college
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) July 22, 2021
We often see players arrive at camp looking lighter and quicker, and that definitely appears to be what Elliott was striving for this offseason.
Last year, the three-time Pro Bowler looked sluggish at times toting the football and also dealt with injuries. This led to Elliott posting career-lows in rushing yards and yards per attempt.
If his new physique is any indication, the two-time NFL rushing champion is hoping to avoid a repeat of 2020 this fall.