The Dallas Cowboys All-Pro running back has yet to take home an MVP trophy and this is why this season will be different for Ezekiel Elliott.
Ezekiel Elliott is one of the most dynamic running backs in today’s game and has helped carry Dallas to the postseason twice in the last three seasons.
As we look ahead to the upcoming season there are three main reasons why Elliott will take home the MVP.
#1 – A New Offensive Coordinator
Elliott should be able to thrive under Kellen Moore’s new offense, while it’s not an entirely new scheme it’s still going to be centered around the run game. The Cowboys also hope to get Zeke more involved in the passing game and he is one of the best receiving backs in the league.
The more touches Zeke gets per game the better Dallas’ record is over the last three season the Cowboys have won 23 games in which Zeke has touched the ball at least twenty times.
#2 – Front runner to be NFL rushing champion again
Elliott has been the rushing champion two out of the last three years and would’ve likely won it in 2017 except he was suspended for six games during the season. Last season he led the league in rushing with 1,434 yards and did so without All-Pro center Travis Frederick.
This season Frederick is set to return and will be a pivotal blocker for Zeke. The Dallas offense is a run heavy offense and Zeke will probably get even more touches running behind the best offensive line in football.
#3 – New look receiving corps led by Amari Cooper
Last season, with the addition of Amari Cooper, the Cowboys finished the regular season 7-2. During the span he was a top-10 receiver with 53 receptions for 725 yards and six touchdowns. He was a two time NFC Offensive Player of the Week and proved to be a valuable weapon as 74 percent of his receptions were first downs.
His arrival opened up the passing game as well as the run game. It forced opposing defenses to not stack the box and it opened up running room for Elliott. The offense became more dynamic and it allowed Zeke and quarterback Dan Prescott to play even better.
This season Cooper looks to have the same effect as well as second year receiver Michael Gallup and newly signed receiver Randall Cobb. Owner/General Manager Jerry Jones has not only given Dan Prescott more weapons but has provided more running lanes for Elliott.
The Dallas offense will look to keep defenses on their toes, last season they were too predictable at times and became to run heavy. If Dallas’ passing game gets better then Zeke will be that much more successful in the run game. Instead of a ground and pine approach they can spread out opposing defenses and run more halfback draws as well as read options.
Ezekiel Elliott deserves to be an MVP in this league he has helped led the Dallas Cowboys to the playoffs. He is one of the best running backs in the game and is primed to have a career year this season. Zeke will lead the league in rushing yet again and carry Dallas to the postseason and this time his contributions will be recognized with an MVP trophy.