Over the past few seasons, Ezekiel Elliott has been one of the most high-profile running backs in the league since he was drafted at the top of the first round by the Dallas Cowboys back in 2016. But after parting ways with the Cowboys this offseason, he is now a free agent looking for a new team. And it sounds like he has interest from one AFC squad.
As league insider Jordan Schultz reports, Ezekiel Elliott is visiting the New England Patriots as the team looks to bolster its running back position.
“Source: 2x All-Pro RB Ezekiel Elliott is visiting the #Patriots today. This could impact the RB-needy AFC East, as well as the Dalvin Cook derby, since he and Elliott are considered the top backs available. Zeke looked terrific in the videos he posted of his workouts,” Schultz wrote in a tweet on Saturday morning.
Source: 2x All-Pro RB Ezekiel Elliott is visiting the #Patriots today.
This could impact the RB-needy AFC East, as well as the Dalvin Cook derby, since he and Elliott are considered the top backs available.
Zeke looked terrific in the videos he posted of his workouts. pic.twitter.com/Qe62DFGc0r
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 29, 2023
Obviously this is big news for Elliott, the Patriots, and the rest of the NFL world. As a result, it generated quite a few reactions on social media.
Zeke would be a great fit for the Patriots. Could take on the short-yardage responsibilities Damien Harris had, is a good pass blocker, underrated football IQ, and would be a good veteran presence for a young RB room. I don’t believe he’s as “washed” as many people think https://t.co/Hzsgo3sw9Y
— Alex Barth (@RealAlexBarth) July 29, 2023
Based on their actions, the #Patriots are gonna add another running back at some point. I’d be all for it being Zeke. At this stage of his career, much better off platooning with Rhamondre. Think he’d be really effective in that role. https://t.co/GJKewIw0fy
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) July 29, 2023
Heading into the 2016 Draft, Ezekiel Elliott was labeled “the most complete running back to enter the #NFL since Adrian Peterson in ‘07”
— Mike D'Abate (@mdabateNFL) July 29, 2023
Zeke has looked the same in his workout videos for 4 seasons. Wouldn’t be a bad move for the Pats, but no need to hype up workout videos. He is what he is. https://t.co/DibqGBZsdb
— tom stakes (@tomstakes) July 29, 2023
Ooo I love this https://t.co/mLn9jiPBvw
— lindsey ok (@lindseyyok) July 29, 2023
Pats could use RB depth. And Zeke looked quick working out with those garbage cans recently. Worth a look, I guess? https://t.co/CGghXpZBii
— Andy Hart (@JumboHart) July 29, 2023
We’ll have to see if this visit ultimately leads to a contract offer. If it does, it will be interesting to see what happens to the rest of the running backs market as a result.