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    Ezekiel Elliott is as “back” as he is going to get

    Is Zeke back? A question that have been asking for years now with many waiting, wondering if Cowboys was going to return to a shade of his . In my mind, this question poses a simple answer.

    Zeke is what he is. He is a good NFL running back, that was at one point elite; and one who is having his best season in years.

    Simply put, Ezekiel Elliott is not 21 years old anymore like he was in 2016 when he rushed for over 1,600 yards and 15 touchdowns. He is 27 with a ton of mileage and clearly was not 100% most of last season.

    But the Zeke we are seeing this season so far is the best we have seen since at least 2019.

    In seven games this season Zeke has rushed for 443 yards, leads the team in touchdowns with 4, and is averaging over 60 yards on the ground a game. This is coming with an uptick in touches for who is averaging roughly 10 carries a game and has double-digit rushing attempts in back-to-back games.

    Relying on the eye test, Zeke is looking fast, explosive, and as elusive as we have seen him in years. He is hurdling defenders, getting into the , and as always, falling forward and getting tough yards.

    Tony Pollard is why the question of whether or not Zeke is “back” is pointless. Pollard is younger, clearly more of a big play threat, and as good, if not better, than Zeke at this point in time.

    Because of Pollard, the Cowboys no longer need Ezekiel Elliott to magically return to his 2016 self to run the ball effectively. The Cowboys are running the ball better than they have in a while averaging 122 rushing yards a game and 4.3 yards per attempt. And while Zeke does lead the team in yards and touchdowns I think we can all agree he isn't necessarily the clear RB1.

    Ezekiel Elliott as the perennial 1,300-yard rusher is done; so stop holding him to that standard. He is still a damn good running back and a quality weapon on that defenses have to account for.

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    Evan Starr
    Evan Starr
    Lifelong Cowboys fan raised in North Texas. Tony Romo is a hall of famer, Dez caught it, and we are still America's Team.

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    Real Dallas Fan

    And very overpaid, anyone can be a league leading elite running back with a tremendous line! We have had several that moved on and could not get 1000yards without the line we use to have. When we could afford to pay and keep them. Before 70% of our cap money went to four players!

    Lawrence

    Tyron Smith’s big sorry ass is being paid well to sit home and do nothing that benefits the Cowboys. Elliott and Prescott are both grossly overpaid! Probably only Zack Martin is being paid what he’s worth. In fact Tyron Smith’s salary should be paid to Zack Martin as well as his own. Tyron Smith’s nothing more than an EMPTY SHIRT at this point. He should be shown the door along with Kellen Moore!!!

    Lawrence

    Tony Pollard should be the starting tailback at Dallas. Elliott is not as fast or explosive as Pollard. Also I would personally like to see the rookie from the University of Florida get on the field before this year is done. I think he could help with the power running game that Kellen Moore tries to force with Elliott and Pollard. That is not what either of them is best suited for. That said, it’s way past time for Kellen Moore to either be FIRED or get his HEAD OUT OF HIS ASS!!!

    VAM

    Zeke WAS the best back in the league his first three years. Now if he gets into the secondary with 5-6 yard runs, IMO, that works. Pollard is the more of a breakaway threat. Runn

    VAM

    Running game is doing it’s part.

    James Vargas

    We can’t just stop holding him as an elite rusher while he is being paid as such. His production can be had by many RB’s at an avg salary. This one is on Jerry.