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The Cowboys Had Ezekiel Elliott Working On Kickoff Returns Today

Ezekiel Elliott had his first mandatory minicamp today. It went well. 

The former Ohio State running back, taken No. 4 overall by the Dallas Cowboys, took nearly all of the first-team reps at practice. Many expect Elliott to be the team's starter and with Darren McFadden sidelined with a broken elbow, the first-round pick should be carrying most of the load at the position - for now, at least. 

Elliott was a workhorse at Ohio State, averaging roughly 20 carries per game (a number that would be much higher if you only counted the Buckeyes' close games) during his two seasons as the starter. So being the focal point of the Cowboys' rushing attack will be nothing new for the Missouri native. 

Dallas did have Elliott working on something new during practice today, though. 

Elliott worked on kickoff returns. 

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The 6-foot, 225-pound running back returned just one kick during his three seasons at Ohio State - in 2014 he returned one kick for 14 yards. 

It's probably unlikely that the Cowboys use their first-round pick (and potential starting running back) as the team's primary kickoff returner, but if he proves to be a threat, it could be a valuable weapon for Jason Garrett's team.