We'd like to think so, but throughout the offseason, the outspoken owner has oft dismissed any concerns about Ezekiel Elliott agreeing to a contract extension...despite hardly any progress being reported over that span of time.
The All-Pro tailback has been in Cabo San Lucas "training" since the start of camp and with Sept. 8 looming closer with each passing week that a signature is not inked to paper, the Cowboys' boss (for reasons we don't understand) continued displaying his unflappable, apathetic viewpoint on the protracted predicament.
Is Jerry Jones worried that he might not have Ezekiel Elliott for Week 1?— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 14, 2019
"I'm not in any way, but I certainly know that we're in a situation where it could be Week 1, or be Week 2. It could go into the season, of course. That's the facts. If it doesn't, it's probably no harm."
“Zeke has the ability to completely hit the ground running, if I may use that," Jones continued. "He has that and we expect that. He says that, and I believe him, that he’s in great shape. In the meantime, we have to be ready to go without him."
We don't know, Mr. Jones. If we were in your shoes, we'd be pretty fearful of Zeke's holdout extending into the regular season. Make no mistake about it -- the reigning rushing champ's absence will expose Dak Prescott's prevalent inconsistencies and flaws.
Highest percentage of team’s total scrimmage yards in 2018:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 9, 2019
1. Ezekiel Elliott: 36.4 (2,001 of 5,497)
2. David Johnson: 35.9 (1,386 of 3,861)
3. Saquon Barkley: 35.6 (2,028 of 5,697)
4. Christian McCaffrey: 32.9 (1,965 of 5,973)
5. Joe Mixon: 29.4 (1,464 of 4.980)
Jerry's audacious comments suggest that he is in no rush to get Elliott signed and sealed before the regular season. Hold your breath, Cowboys Nation. This stalemate is showing no signs of deflating anytime soon.