Jerry Jones Gives Delusional Ezekiel Elliott Take as Reunion Rumors Swirl

Owner Jerry Jones talks about Ezekiel Elliott's potential rumor but gives a massive overreaction.
Apr 29, 2016; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys number one draft pick Ezekiel Elliott (center) answers
Apr 29, 2016; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys number one draft pick Ezekiel Elliott (center) answers / Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have been relatively quiet in the running back market this offseason. This has frustrated fans due to the big-time need in the backfield. Tony Pollard joined the Tennessee Titans in free agency after they gave him the No. 1 role in 2023.

Ezekiel Elliott was also released in 2023 and joined the New England Patriots on a one-year deal. He showed he could still be productive but Jerry Jones gave a huge overreaction to Elliott as rumors swirl on a potential reunion in Dallas.

Cowboys News: Jerry Jones Thinks Ezekiel Elliott Is Still Capable Of Being a Starter

In a presser following Day 2 of the NFL Draft, Jones spoke to the media and Elliott was brought up. The 81-year-old raved about the former Ohio State product amid the rumors.

Jones said, "As recent as the end of the year (last season), I saw Zeke play (with the Patriots) and I’ll tell you, he’s good enough to be a starter (in 2024)."

We all know Jones has a lot of love for Elliott after he was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He had a great tenure with the Cowboys but the notion that he's still a starter is a stretch.

Last season with the Patriots as the No. 2 RB, Elliott finished 184 carries for 642 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Since 2020, the 28-year-old clearly lost step and speed that he had earlier in his career. Over the past two years, he averaged 3.8 yards or fewer per rush while logging less than 900 rushing yards in each season.

He can still be a quality No. 2 tailback but his days being a workhorse are over.

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