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Ezekiel Elliott officially becomes a New England Patriot... at least for one season

Ezekiel Elliott has reached a deal to become a member of the New England Patriots for the 2023 season.

The running back has signed a one-year contract valued up to $6 million dollars.

Elliott will go back to wearing #15 on his jersey, which is the same number he used while at Ohio State as defensive back Adrian Philips already wears #21 with the Patriots.

Zeke's successful visit with the Patriots

Elliott was shopping for a new team since he was released by the Cowboys earlier this year.

While there were rumors of interest in his services from a few teams including the Buccaneers, Eagles, Bengals, and Jets, the running back only went to a training camp visit and practice with the Patriots.

Elliott burst into the top of the ratings after his incredible rookie season in Dallas in 2016 where he achieved 1,631 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.

The running back will bring ample experience to a backfield that has Ty Montgomery II, Pierre Strong Jr., and Kevin Harris as ball carriers.

Although his production has gone down significantly in the last couple of seasons, Zeke has led the league in rushing yards twice, once during his rookie season and again in 2018. In total, the running back amassed over 8,200 rushing yards in 7 years with the Cowboys.

Patriots outlook for 2023

New England is facing a crucial season where coach Bill Belichick is under pressure to return the team to the playoffs.

There has been continued doubt that quarterback Mac Jones has the leadership capability to take the team's offense on his shoulders.

The arrival of Elliott, while not game-changing, will give the offense an added weapon in the AFC East that features fierce competition from the Bills, Jets, and the Dolphins.

Elliott could make his debut with the Patriots in the upcoming preseason Week 2 matchup on Saturday against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field at 8pm ET.

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