Discuss Ezekiel Elliott's role in NFL offenses and running back's changing relevance.

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As a workhorse back, Elliott handles a lot. The Cowboys' ground offense relies on him for many carries. He consistently produces yards and moves the chains for his club with his power, vision, and durability.

Elliott can catch passes out of the backfield while being a between-the-tackles rusher. He enhances the Cowboys' offense and challenges defenders by running routes, catching passes, and making space plays.

Elliott is skilled at pass protection as well as running and receiving. In pass-heavy offenses, protecting the quarterback is crucial, and his ability to recognize blitzes, assignments, and offer effective protection is important.

The NFL still values Elliott's skills and function, but running backs' importance has shifted. As the league becomes more pass-oriented, several teams employ committee backfields or emphasize passing-game specialists at running back.

Many NFL teams use committee backfields, where running backs share carries and roles based on their ability. Keeping running backs fresh reduces injury risk and enables teams exploit matchup advantages with various personnel.

Passing game emphasis: As passing offenses increase, backfield receivers are increasingly crucial. Running backs who catch passes and mismatch linebackers like Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey, and Austin Ekeler have proven productive.

Some NFL teams deploy running backs as slot receivers, motion men, or wildcat quarterbacks. Running backs are Swiss Army knives that can change the game in this style.

Balance and Diversity: NFL offenses respect Ezekiel Elliott and other workhorses. They must be able to run the ball, control the clock, and tire out defenders in late-game and poor weather situations.  

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