The New England Patriots threw a lifeline to Ezekiel Elliott’s NFL career after signing him to a one-year deal.
Before that offer, it looked like he would skip the start of the 2023 NFL season.
That would have been an unfortunate circumstance for a three-time Pro Bowler who had a 1,000-yard season two years ago.
But as it stands, Elliott will face his former team when they make the trip to Dallas.
It will be a trip down memory lane for Elliott who starred in the Cowboys backfield for seven years.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin sees a big game from Elliott in Week 4.
“There’s no doubt in my mind Zeke is going to have a good day. Not saying it’s a ‘revenge day’ but he’ll show he can still play at the highest level,” Irvin said during a recent episode of FS1’s Undisputed at the University of Colorado Boulder.
.@MichaelIrvin88 expects a 80-100 yard outing from Ezekiel Elliott in his return to Dallas:
“There’s no doubt in my mind Zeke is going to have a good day. Not saying it’s a ‘revenge day’ but he’ll show he can still play at the highest level.” pic.twitter.com/aKKIYONWgu
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) September 29, 2023
Elliott was still playing well last season, compiling 876 yards and 12 touchdowns.
However, his declining performance and massive salary cap hit prompted the Cowboys to release him during the 2023 offseason.
He’s now with the Patriots, and Bill Belichick will come up with ways to maximize his effect on offense.
Meanwhile, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said they will honor Elliott in his return.
However, it would be sweeter for Elliott and the Patriots to come up with a victory on the road.
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