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Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott should get 30 touches a game minimum.

Cowboys can’t afford making mistake with Ezekiel Elliott

Ryan Wooden

The Dallas Cowboys get Ezekiel Elliott back from suspension against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16 and with that comes a responsibility to heavily incorporate him into the offense.

With a couple of wins to close the season over Seattle and the Philadelphia Eagles and some additional help, the Cowboys can sneak into the postseason. However, with Seattle also battling to stay in playoff contention and the Eagles playing to lock up the No. 1 seed, they’ll need major doses of Elliott.

Anything less than 30 touches in each of the next two weeks for Elliott would be a significant mistake by offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and coach Jason Garrett. Yes, game flow can have some impact on whether or not the Cowboys can commit fully to the run, but Elliott is so valuable in the passing game that he should still see a sizable number of targets even if the score gets lopsided.

Elliott’s ability to make people miss in space makes him the single most dynamic piece of this offense and the silver lining to him having been suspended the last six weeks is that he’s fresh. Plus, it looks like he’s gotten in even better shape while he was down in Cabo.

With a young asset like Elliott, Dallas might consider limiting his touches from time to time in an effort to preserve his body long-term. However, coming off a six-week break, he’s as healthy as you can be as an NFL running back and they can afford to ride him down the stretch.