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Analyst: Cowboys will regret bringing back Ezekiel Elliott

Does this prediction stand a chance of coming true?

Michael W.

The Dallas Cowboys made the decision to bring back former 1st round draft selection Ezekiel Elliott in free agency after he spent last season with the New England Patriots. He spent the first portion of his career with the Cowboys before they released him. 

During his time with the franchise, he racked up an impressive 8,262 rushing yards and 68 rushing touchdowns, both of which rank 3rd overall in team history. However, he's not gotten any younger, and this move could end up having the reverse effect of what he and the team are hoping for. 

In the words of Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report, the return of ELliott to the Cowboys is on his list of “10 Draft Picks, Trades, Signings from 2024 NFL Offseason That Teams Will Regret Most". 

He wrote the following: 

“The Dallas Cowboys’ decision to bring back Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t risky, it was a flat-out head-scratching move."

“No one should be particularly excited about Elliott’s return. The 28-year-old has lost most of the burst he showcased early in his career and has seen his efficiency dip dramatically over the last two years. He averaged 3.8 yards per carry with Dallas in 2022 and just 3.5 yards per carry last season with the New England Patriots. The Cowboys simply aren’t likely to field a quality rushing attack this season, which is a big problem.”

Cowboys fans, what exactly are you anticipating in Elliott's second go-around with the Cowboys, and can he prove Knox wrong with his play on the field? 

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Source: Heavy