The Dallas Cowboys offense will look very different next season.
For the first time since he entered the league, Ezekiel Elliott won’t be their lead back.
As a matter of fact, the former Ohio State Buckeye won’t even be on the roster.
Even so, that didn’t stop Zeke from reaching out to his former teammates, with Tony Pollard telling Jane Slater of the NFL Network that Elliott texted all running backs with an encouraging message ahead of the start of training camp.
As the #Cowboys start camp without RB Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard has confidently stepped into the featured back role. I asked if Zeke had reached out and he said he texted the backs this morning with an encouraging message. He said it meant a lot knowing Zeke’s situation
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) July 26, 2023
Pollard praised Zeke’s gesture, especially considering his current situation in the league.
Not so long ago, Elliott was considered to be one of the best running backs on Earth, and there was a point where he even was the highest-paid player at the position.
But his efficiency, health, and turnover issues made him fall from grace drastically and rapidly, up to the point where the team didn’t bat an eye to cut ties with him as soon as his guaranteed money ran out.
Moreover, Elliott has had little-to-no interest in the league since becoming a free agent.
As of now, it seems like only a major injury could lead to a comeback, as the Cowboys didn’t want to bring him back, even at a discount.
Elliott is still looking forward to playing, but it all points that he’ll have to settle for watching his former backup become the main guy in Dallas.
Props to him for putting his ego aside and still reaching out to his former teammates.NEXT: Jerry Jones Makes Clear Statement On Zack Martin Contract Situation