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Former Cowboys Scout Makes Bold Claim For Team Without Ezekiel Elliott

A closeup of Ezekiel Elliott during a  Cowboys game.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after scoring a 1 yard touchdown in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

A former Dallas Cowboys scout and longtime NFL executive has made a bold claim for the NFC East franchise in the middle of Ezekiel Elliott's holdout.

Elliott remains away from the Cowboys as he attempts to get a new contract with two years left on his rookie deal. At this point, it doesn't look like a deal is close.

Jerry Jones said today that the Cowboys are comfortable being without Elliott at the start of the regular season.

"We have to be prepared to play without any given player," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. "We may very well play without a player that's not coming in on his contract. We'll play and we'll play well."

Gil Brandt, a Hall of Fame executive with the Dallas Cowboys, is quite confident in his former franchise, even if Elliott isn't with the team.

"My prediction is that the Cowboys aren't just gonna go to to the Super Bowl this year but are going to win the Super Bowl," he said on 105.3 The Fan.

Even without Elliott?

"I think they can. Number 36 (Tony Pollard) is not a bad football player. This is probably the best team I've seen them have. They're going to have a hard time cutting down because they got some really good players on this team that aren't going to make it," Brandt replied. "And, I think the quarterback (Dak Prescott) is vastly underrated. I think he's a heck of a football player and a much better person. And, I think he'll go down in history in the city of Dallas as being right there with (Roger) Staubach, (Don) Meredith, and Aikman and all those guys."

The Cowboys feel really good about their roster - with or without Elliott - though it's tough to see Dallas winning the Super Bowl without their best offensive player.

We could find out just how good the Zeke-less Cowboys are in a couple of weeks.

Dallas opens its 2019 regular season on Sunday, Sept. 8 against the New York Giants.