CLOSE\n What I'm Hearing: NorthJersey.com's Andy Vasquez on why the Jets firing Mike Maccagnan is so surprising and what led to the abrupt decision.\n USA TODAY SportsFRISCO, Texas \u2014 Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott hasn\u2019t asked for a workload reduction.His coaches have indicated they\u2019ll reduce his carries anyway.\u201cIt\u2019s just physics,\u201d running backs coach Gary Brown said last week at rookie minicamp. \u201cYear after year with that type of workload, eventually anyone\u2019s going to slow down. We\u2019re trying to preempt that and take care of him now.\u201dThe Cowboys offense will continue to hinge on run-first principles under first-year coordinator Kellen Moore. Moore wants to instill more versatility, but still play to Dallas\u2019 strength of Elliott, a powerful offensive line and a dual-threat quarterback in Dak Prescott. Coaches plan for rookie Tony Pollard, their fourth-round selection out of Memphis, to play beside Elliott and spell the all-pro talent more than backups did his first three\u00a0seasons. The goal: Keep Elliott fresh for December, January and \u201cFebruary if we get to the Super Bowl,\u201d Brown said.Elliott doesn\u2019t want to slow.\u201cI haven\u2019t worn down yet,\u201d he said Wednesday, before he returned to chase veteran Sean Lee around the ballpark of the team\u2019s annual charity fundraiser.For those of you who wanted to see Cowboys RB @EzekielElliott chase down Sean Lee pic.twitter.com\/thO7CLR99a\u2014 Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) May 16, 2019Give this man style points #FeedZekepic.twitter.com\/X30O2LcWyT\u2014 Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) May 16, 2019Elliott was a key cog for the 2018 Cowboys team that won the NFC East and a wild-card match over the Seahawks. He rushed 304 times and caught 77 passes for a total of 2,001 yards from scrimmage. Elliott touched the ball on more than 35 percent of Cowboys\u2019 season offensive snaps in 2018, even though the team rested him in a Week 17 game without playoff implications.OPINION: Jets make right call by unloading GMFROM TRACK TO GRIDIRON: College Giants give college shot putter an opportunity'HARD KNOCKS': Ranking NFL's four likeliest participants by watchabilityElliott has\u00a0led the league in rushing yards per game each season since the Cowboys drafted him fourth overall in 2016.\u00a0But along the way,\u00a0he\u2019s raced to more than 1,000 regular-season touches across 40 games. So\u00a0Cowboys management want to exercise caution with a player whom they say they'll\u00a0extend\u00a0to a contract resembling the Rams\u2019 four-year, $60 million ($45 million guaranteed) extension of Todd Gurley.Cowboys RBs coach said Friday \u201cit\u2019s just physics\u201d to reduce Ezekiel Elliott\u2019s workload, keep him around longer.Zeke\u2019s take: \u201cI haven\u2019t worn down yet.\u201d pic.twitter.com\/vUUjcpXkzx\u2014 Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) May 16, 2019The team recently\u00a0picked up Elliott\u2019s fifth-year, $9 million option for 2020. The Cowboys have begun talks with Prescott\u2019s representatives on an extension expected to be in the neighborhood of $30 million per year. Wide receiver Amari Cooper also anticipates an extension soon, with one year left on his deal.Elliott is \u201ca guy we want to have here long term,\u201d executive vice president Stephen Jones said last week of Elliott. \u201cThe only reason you say, well maybe he\u2019s not at the front (of the extension order) is because he\u2019s got this year, then he\u2019s got another year on his tender.\u201cBut Zeke\u2019s every bit as important.\u201dElliott said Wednesday he\u2019s not concerned about hurrying his extension. He knows how to block out the noise.\u201cGo out there and play football,\u201d Elliott said. \u201cDo what I\u2019ve been doing.\u201dFollow USA TODAY Sports' Jori Epstein on Twitter\u00a0@JoriEpstein.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideIf you love talking football, we have the perfect spot for you. Join our new Facebook Group, The Ruling Off the Field, to engage in friendly debate and conversation with fellow football fans and our NFL insiders.