Dak Prescott expects Ezekiel Elliott’s best this season now that the RB is healthy

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Ezekiel Elliott is entering his seventh season with the Cowboys. An eighth is not guaranteed.

That’s because the running back has no guaranteed money remaining after this season. It seems likely the Cowboys won’t pay him $10.9 million in base salary and take a $16.72 million cap charge for Elliott in 2023.

So, this could be his last season in Dallas.

Elliott needs a big year personally after falling out of the conversation as one of the league’s best backs the past two seasons. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry and 61.9 yards per game combined in 2020-21.

The Cowboys need him to have a big season to accomplish what they want to accomplish this season.

Elliott is healthy now after playing through a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament last season, so the Cowboys expect to see the running back who made the Pro Bowl three of his first four seasons.

“Nothing ever changes for my expectations of Zeke, of who he is, how he leads this team, how he approaches the game,” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said Wednesday, via Jon Machota of TheAthletic.com. “He comes in like a pro each and every day and does that, so I expect his best. When you do that and do it with the intentfulness he does, he’s going to get better. When Zeke’s healthy, I don’t think there’s a better back.”

18 responses to “Dak Prescott expects Ezekiel Elliott’s best this season now that the RB is healthy

  1. The Cowboys love to talk bold in the off-season and crap the bed in the regular season.

  2. too bad Elliot is playing in the same backfield as another running back with an arm;

    that worked their first year together..hasn’t since;

  3. Wish my job gave me guaranteed money BEFORE I earned it. Theses guys just stop working hard once they get that loot.

  4. I hope the “brain trust” in Dallas re-signs him. What a complete waste of a pick and money other than giving props to the salvation army.
    Get a clue Dallas (JJ and son)…RB is the final piece of the puzzle, not something you build around.

  5. Wow way to go dak you put bad joojoo on the only thing that keeps you.standing upright. If your running is not there daks game falters quick

  6. Sure, overpaid, washed up RBs with steadily declining production become Superman in year 7!

  7. If Elliott doesn’t bring it this year the Cowboys are going in a different direction.

  8. Resign him for 4 years Jerry remember he’s the straw that stirs the drink in route to the Glory Hole 😀

  9. His performance was lacking big time the last two seasons and the Cowboy offense was too predictable as the defense got better.
    Hard to see ownership picking up that big salary for ‘23 unless he has a really good year . Still, they may not want the $16 mil commitment. Tony Pollard is a good ace in the hole.

  10. Both Elliot and Christian McCaffrey are cautionary tales to signing RBs to record setting 2nd contracts (and Gurley who is now retired).

    Does anyone feel bad for Elliot who has made 10s of millions these last few years while not even being the best back on his team?

    We’ve certainly heard a lot of hot air from Dak this week.

  11. Coincidentally I think he may have a big year this year. Funny how that seems to happen…

  12. He could be as healthy as a horse, but his O-line horses are no longer the Clydesdales they used to be.

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