Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stressed the importance of running back Ezekiel Elliott to the team's success in 2022 on Saturday.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jones said that Elliott has to be the "focus" of the Cowboys' running game this season.

Jones also expressed his belief that "there is room" for both Elliott and backup running back Tony Pollard on the field at the same time.

Elliott has been the subject of criticism since last season, which was the least-efficient campaign of his six-year NFL career.

Although Elliott rushed for 1,002 yards and 10 touchdowns in 17 games, his 4.2 yards-per-carry average was the third-lowest of his career and his 287 receiving yards were the second-fewest of his career.