Why the Cowboys Should (and Shouldn't) Reunite With Ezekiel Elliott

A Zeke reunion would be a polarizing move for the Cowboys, but would it be a smart one?

Reasons why the Cowboys should and shouldn't reunite with Ezekiel Elliott before the 2023 season.
Reasons why the Cowboys should and shouldn't reunite with Ezekiel Elliott before the 2023 season. / Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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2. A Weapon Defenses Must Gameplan for

We all know Zeke's days of being an effective workhorse are likely behind him. However, he still has legit value to bring to an NFL field.

Elliott's proven to have a nose for the endzone since entering the league, racking up 68 touchdowns on the ground over seven years. His scoring hasn't even slowed down as his legs rack up more miles. The RB notched 12 TDs last season alone, tying the second-best mark of his career.

You know what made Zeke's scores unqiue in 2022? They all came inside the red zone. He actually handled 50% of Dallas' rushing attempts inside the 20-yard last season, crossing the goaline 12 times on 35 touches. That's incredible efficiency in arguably the most important part of the field. While he's not an elite back anymore, he's still an elite red-zone threat that would make any team better.

Defenses must account for Elliott at any point he's on the field, too, given his name value and potential to throw it back by breaking off a big gain. He'd add yet another weapon to a loaded Cowboys offense that also features the likes of CeeDee Lamb, Brandin Cooks and Pollard.

The opposition wouldn't be afforded any off plays with a deadly air attack and a backfield that can rotate backs freely to ensure everyone has fresh legs.