The Dallas Cowboys are seemingly all-in on the 2023 season after they traded for Stephon Gilmore and Brandin Cooks. Unfortunately, they’ll look to end their Super Bowl drought without now-former face of the franchise Ezekiel Elliott after he was released on the first day of the new league year.
We haven’t heard much about Elliott’s market, but the running back market itself has been slow-moving and unfriendly to stay the least. His links to the Eagles, Jets and Bengals seem more like a wishlist than anything else.
As of this writing, Kareem Hunt, Leonard Fournette, Jerick McKinnon, and Kenyan Drake are all still looking for homes.
The list of teams in need of running back help has shortened — including a potential dream landing spot — but there’s about a handful of teams that could benefit from adding a player of Elliott’s profile to their backfield.
The former All-Pro is hungry to get back on the field. While most players are off vacationing and resting up before the offseason program, Elliott is grinding so he’s ready to hit the ground running with his eventual new team.
Check out this workout video Zeke shared to his Instagram.
Watch former Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott show off footwork in workout video.
This is awesome to see.
The knock on Elliott the last two seasons has been his drop in acceleration and burst. While Elliott can’t work against time nor change the workload he handled early in his career, it’s clear he and his team are doing everything possible to make sure his vision and instincts remain up to par.
There’s obviously no replicating a game atmosphere with garbage cans and other training equipment, but to the naked eye Elliott looked pretty spry in this video.
What’s also noteworthy is where the cans were lined up: between the tackles. Rather than try to prove he can still bounce outside and make defenders miss in the open field at an elite clip, Zeke is sticking to his strengths.
While he’s a liability in the open field, Elliott was still incredibly affective in the trenches. As ESPN’s Bill Barnwell noted in a recent article, the 27-year-old generated 26 rushing yards over expectation on 117 carries between the tackles.
When you couple that with the fact Elliott is still elite in pass protection, he’s still deserving of a sizable role on a good team. His days as a bell-cow are probably behind him, but it shouldn’t surprise any Cowboys fan if he latches on with a contender that needs a veteran back to do the dirty work.