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Ezekiel Elliott reflects on time with Patriots

The former Pat returns home to Dallas.

Michael W.

He's right back where he belongs, and is thrilled for that fact.

The Dallas Cowboys have brought back running back Ezekiel Elliott just over a year after they cut him; he spent last season with the New England Patriots. And to say that he's excited to be back would be an understatement.

"It feels great to be home," Elliott said. "I definitely missed being here. I missed this building. I missed Cowboys' nation. I'm definitely excited and ready to get this thing going."

However, he did take some time to reflect on his one season with New England, and said that he was out to prove that he could still be an effective player in the NFL. 

"Just showing I can be a starter in this league," he said. "I can still play at a high level. I'm [going to] continue that here. … I've always prided myself on being an all-around back, back there.

"Not just running with the ball but protecting the quarterback and catching the ball out of the backfield."

Ranked 3rd all time in rushing yards in Cowboys history, Elliott is eager to get started once again with the team he called home for the first six seasons of his NFL career.

"Just being in this league for as long as I have been, and being comfortable with who I am, and having as many reps as I have, I can focus on bringing other guys along and help them find their way," Elliott said. "A lot of skilled guys and guys with a lot of different talents [in our RBs room]. It'll be exciting to work with them, push each other and help each other become better football players."

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