Ezekiel Elliott embraces Cowboys' RB-by-committee: 'Anything it takes to win'

Dallas Cowboys veteran Ezekiel Elliott is used to being the bellcow back, but he's ready to embrace the team's running back-by-committee approach.
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Ezekiel Elliott returned to the Dallas Cowboys this offseason after a one-year stint with the New England Patriots.

During his previous tenure in Dallas, Zeke was the team's bellcow back. However, on the tail end of his career, Elliott will not be asked to handle the bulk of the carries in Big D,

Instead, the Cowboys plan on going with a running back-by-commitee approach.

Elliott understands that there is an abundance of running backs on the roster with Rico Dowdle in lin to be the primary backup. The team also has Deuce Vaughn, Royce Freeman, Malik Davis, Snoop Conner, and Nathaniel Peat, to name a few, who will be competing for the No. 3 role in the rotation.

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With the number of inexperienced backs on the roster, Elliott knows it will be important for him to emerge as a leader.

"We've got eight backs right now, so plenty of depth," said Elliott, via DallasCowboys.com. "We've got a lot of good, young players that bring a lot of good things to the table. I'm excited to get to work with them in camp and help them to continue to develop. [I've got] eight years with however many carries, however many reps and however many blitz pickups, just the experience.

"I've seen just about everything. I just want to give them a little bit of my experience and any tidbit that can help them with their game."

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The running back battle is going to be one of the most intriguing and crucial battles when the team travels to Oxnard, California to begin training camp on July 23.

Elliott is expected to be the No. 1 back on the roster, but he's ready and willing to help however he can.

"I don't know exactly what it looks like, but we'll see," Zeke said. "I love football, so I'm gonna do anything it takes for me to help this team win — whatever that is."

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