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Ezekiel Elliott Guaranteed to Play Better in 2021 by NFL.com

Over the first four years of his career, you could pencil in Ezekiel Elliott for 1,300-1,400 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns each year. However, the was his worst statistical output since entering the NFL. He failed to reach 1,000 yards for the first time in a full season and looked like a shell of what the football world had known him to be.

NFL.com Senior Analyst , who spent 29 years as a scout for the Dallas Cowboys, recently put out a piece detailing nine players who he feels will bounce back from disappointing campaigns last season. Ranking fifth on his list was Elliott, and he went into detail about why he sees him getting back to form.

“Elliott's disappointing 2020 season will hopefully serve as a wakeup call for someone whose first four pro seasons were brilliant. Elliott's yards-per-game mark of 65.3 was the lowest of his career by almost 20 yards; he also fumbled a career-high six times and recorded eight games in which gained 60 yards or less, by far the most he's ever had in a season. It can be argued that backup was a more effective back by season's end, and he definitely earned whatever increased playing time comes his way this season. That said, Elliott seems to be on the right track, apparently recommitting himself to being one of the league's best ball carriers. Between that and the return to health of , I expect a significant upturn in production from Elliott this year.”

Elliott won't just have his right-hand man Prescott back but also the wall that is meant to block for him. , , and missed 36 games combined in 2020 which led to 13 different lineups on the . That didn't allow any continuity to develop and the unit struggled as a whole. Without Prescott to take attention away from Elliott coupled with inadequate play from the team's backup quarterbacks, defenses have an easier time focusing on the two-time rushing champion.

The Cowboys are hoping that the bug doesn't find it's way to Dallas like it did last season. With all the requisite pieces around Elliott intact, the former first-round pick should have no problem eating up defenses like the days of old. Elliott averages 89.9 rushing yards per game for his career. If he hits that mark in 2021 over a 17-game span, which he's more than capable of, he'll reach the 1,500-yard mark.

Elliott has been working diligently this to be in peak condition when once the Cowboys take on the defending champions the on September 9 to kick off the . He's been seen in a multitude of videos working on his explosiveness and has even looked leaner than he has in the past.

Dallas has a three-headed monster at with , , and . There's little doubt they'll all have impactful seasons, but if the Cowboys want to get back to the for the first time since 2018, Elliott will need to be a significant figure in their attack on .

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  1. Hope EE comes out and burns the league up this year ! I’m pulling for you Zeke to have some monster years and EARN what the Cowboy’s have given you! Now if you don’t do your job then it’s time to find somebody that can! Hopefully the OL will be healthy and everybody can start off new and be Productive ! Let’s win some ballgames !

  2. Between the flood of injuries in the offensive side of the ball and the foolish installation of a new defensive scheme with the covid restrictions in place I am willing to wash my memory of the entire 2020 season. I am fully focused on 2021 and how current and new players perform this year. I just want to see this team have a great camp and get through it and the pre-season injury free. Even a marginal improvement in defensive play will translate into more wins if this offense emerges from the preseason completely healthy.

  3. Good idea that he is slimmed down. The added weight took away some of his already declining speed/quickness. Glad to see (snicker) he decided to work on getting in peak condition. If he looks slow to start their season they better go to Pollard quick. We’re screwed if he is the Zeke from last year.

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