While it’s encouraging that Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have maintained communication and have continued working out at Prescott’s house, the Cowboys shouldn’t read too much into it just yet.
Prescott’s backyard in Texas features a turf field that is 55 yards in length.
He mentioned that Elliott had worked out on the same field earlier that day during an event on Wednesday this week.
“That’s my best friend,” Prescott said. He promises that they will keep working out together at least until Zeke gets a permanent place to live.
After getting cut by Dallas on March 15 of this year, Elliott is yet to find a new team to play for.
I, like you, am sick of hearing Zeke mentioned in passing as an athlete in the news.
Even while he and Prescott are still working out together, that doesn’t mean Zeke is definitely coming back to the Cowboys.
Given the current state of the Dallas backfield, it’s understandable if Zeke wants to settle for a smaller role and a lower salary as a “grind-it-out” sort of back.
The Cowboys have Ronald Jones, their largest running back, on the roster.
In 2020, while playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones had his greatest NFL season, running for 978 yards on 5.1 yards per carry and scoring seven times.
There’s no reason he can’t be Dallas’ reliable No. 2 running back; they just need someone who isn’t afraid to throw a block every once in a while.
Jones is also young, at 25 years old. Expertise gained throughout the course of five years.
Unless they employ a package set, etc., Dallas does not have a guy that can serve as a blocking running back.
WHAT COMES NEXT?
Teams may still take a chance on players like Davlin Cook, Kareem Hunt, and Leonard Fournette, in addition to Zeke.
Even if I wouldn’t pay Cook’s asking price, no one could stop Fournette from becoming a third-down and goal-line back.
In this scheme, he has the potential to be a superb blocker and rack up some serious yardage.
It has been stated that Tony Pollard is prepared for training camp, but I maintain reiterating that he is not.
It’s all in your head. Commitment to these wounds is a process that requires time.
The trust must be rebuilt before you can do any of the football maneuvers. Even if the limb is functioning normally, you might be in danger if your mind has not fully accepted it.
It happened last year with Michael Gallup. You could see he was trying to avoid doing anything that would aggravate his knee again.
All this being stated, we can put an end to the “Zeke to Dallas” rumors for good.
He will train with Prescott and the rest of the team until he finds a new squad.
If Zeke wants to play this season, he’d better show up to training camp by the end of July. It’s usually a good idea to start looking for a team to sign with by then.
There is still a need for a blocking-capable running back on the Dallas Cowboys.
If they don’t bring anyone new in, I imagine they’ll just keep going as is and hope for the best.
Q1. Ezekiel Elliott has led the NFL in rushing how many times?
Elliott was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2016 NFL Draft as the fourth overall pick. He spent seven years with the Cowboys, during which he led the NFL in running yards in 2016 and 2018. He was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and the All-Pro team twice.