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Patriots OC: Ezekiel Elliott Capable of Contributing on All 3 Downs

It’s obviously unlikely that we see Zeke become anything close to a third-down back in the Patriots' offense, but before last season when Tony Pollard emerged, Zeke had gone four straight seasons with 65+ targets dating back to 2018.

It seems like New England has plans to work Elliott into the playcalling for 2023, but it’s hard to imagine a situation where the Patriots deliberately take Rhamondre Stevenson off the field in favor of Zeke outside of some red zone and goal line trips.

Elliott’s presence certainly doesn’t help Rhamondre, but Zeke won’t be able to claim a fantasy-relevant role to the point where it bears consideration whether or not to start him on a weekly basis – even as a flex option.


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