Saturday, August 13, 2022

Cowboys could get huge rebound from now-healthy Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott had a disappointing overall performance against the Cowboys last season, but the 2022 campaign could see a huge rebound from the running back.

If you just look at the numbers, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s 2021 season isn’t all that bad. He finished the year with over 1,000 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns for an average of 4.2 yards per carry, and 47 catches for 287 yards.

However, fans still have a sense of dissatisfaction with Elliott’s performance. For the contracts he signed, he didn’t produce like a superstar. Also, despite being finished, Elliott failed an eyesight test. He looked slower, looked dull, and frankly, didn’t look healthy.

As it turns out, that’s because he’s not.

Elliott recently revealed that he played most of last season with a partially torn PCL. Now that he’s healthy, though, he’s had a solid offseason workout, hitting 22 mph on Tuesday’s run. Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy was preoccupied and seemed to think Zeke was now 100% ready for the big things in 2022.

Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott healthy, ready to bounce back in 2022

There are countless critics of Dallas signing a six-year, $90 million deal, and the team has certainly felt its impact. Just this offseason, they were basically forced to trade wide receiver Amari Cooper and make tough decisions elsewhere.

However, with Cooper gone, it will put more pressure on Elliott to get them back in shape. It’s easier said than done for a running back who has put a lot of miles on tires at this point, and he’ll be turning 27 when Week 1 begins.

But while that may be true, Elliott’s becoming completely healthy adds some optimism. He’s been productive—though not as good as he could have been—but not 100 percent in the 2021 campaign. So, when his legs are completely under him, we could see something closer to the player who came out of the Cowboys early in his career as a top-five pick.

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