Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took a playful shot at his team’s star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, following a preseason game in Hawaii on Saturday night.
Jones was asked about the negotiations with Elliott, who’s been holding out for a new contract, after the Cowboys’ 14-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
The Cowboys’ owner was asked if his team’s rookie running back, Tony Pollard, is his “best negotiator” in the Elliott discussions.
“Zeke who?” Jones responded, jokingly.
It’s unclear if Elliott will take that as a joke, of course. Elliott has been arguably the best running back in the NFL since coming into the league and is seeking a new deal with two years remaining on his rookie contract.
Pollard has been solid in the preseason, and has reportedly looked great in training camp, earning serious praise from Jones. Many, though, have taken this praise from Jones as a strategic move in the Elliott negotiations.
Yes, Jerry Jones said "Zeke who", when asked if Tony Pollard is his "best negotiator".
But… this is the full "Zeke who?" sound bite from Jerry, complete with the necessary context of his follow-up to the joke, saying the #Cowboys need both Zeke Elliott and Tony Pollard. pic.twitter.com/yDiZnlwwke
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 18, 2019
“I don’t know when I’ve seen a rookie come in and grasp his assignments and how to execute them. It’s one thing to understand it in the classroom, but to go out and execute it on a full-speed level is impressive,” Jones said earlier in the week, speaking about Pollard.
The Cowboys have just two preseason games remaining before beginning the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 8 against the New York Giants.
Will Dallas have Ezekiel Elliott back for that one?