Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has gotten off to a slow start this NFL season, but says it has nothing to do with his foot speed.
A Pro-Bowl selection in 2016, Elliott has rushed for 192 yards and one touchdown through three games in 2017, but he is averaging a mere 3.5 yards per carry which is well down from his 5.1 yards a rush he averaged as a rookie.
When asked by a reporter if he has lost a step this season, the 22-year-old was blunt with his answer.
"Shut up," Elliott said.
"You don't feel like you're any slower?" a reporter asked.
"No," he finished.
Elliot had a career-worst eight yards on nine carries in the Cowboys' week-two loss to the Denver Broncos, and apart from a 30-yard run in the win over the Arizona Cardinals, he rushed for 50 yards on 21 carries.
He will try to break out against a Los Angeles Rams defence that is ranked fourth-worst against the rush.