The Patriots finally did it. After weeks of fans pleading for the team to add an impact player on offense, New England agreed to a one-year deal with running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Though he’s not the league-leading rusher he once was, the former First Team All-Pro selection still has plenty left in the tank.
With this deal coming out of the blue, some expected to not see Elliott for a little while. However, that’s not the case at all.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport revealed New England’s plan for Zeke. The RB is scheduled to land Tuesday morning to make his deal official. He’ll then join his new teammates right away, flying with them ahead of joint practices against the Packers. which start on Wednesday.
Assuming everything goes off without a hitch, Elliott will be on the field in a Pats jersey by mid-week.
Such a quick turnaround shows how determined Elliott is to find success in New England. Many would expect a veteran of his caliber — especially a running back — to do everything he can to avoid any preseason work. Zeke’s taking the exact opposite approach, however, as he’s ready to hit the ground running.
Elliott being so willing to put in the extra work ahead of the regular season is great to see. It’ll help make his integration into the offense even easier as Bill Belichick and co. determine the ways to best maximize his skill set. With nearly a month until Week 1 as well, Elliott should have the necessary time to settle into his new home, which is a forgotten part of the late free agency process.
This early action plan sets Zeke and the Pats up to make the most of this partnership from the jump. Seeing his commitment to getting on the field as quick as possible, it’s no wonder New England didn’t let up on its pursuit of talented running back. Now we look ahead to Wednesday and Elliott’s first snaps as a member of the team.
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