NFC East Q&A: Who will be division MVP?

Herm doesn't see Zeke getting 2,000 rush yards this season (0:57)

Herm Edwards explains how Dallas should handle the second-year running back this season to keep him preserved for the future. (0:57)

A majority of ESPN.com's NFC East reporters expect Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to be the most valuable player in the division this season.

Todd Archer, Dallas Cowboys reporter: Elliott was the most valuable player in the division last year, changing the Cowboys’ mojo by leading the NFL in rushing with 1,631 yards. There is no reason to believe he will drop off in 2017. In fact, an argument can be made that the Cowboys would be wise to lean on him even more this year, especially in the passing game. As good as Dak Prescott was, Elliott made life a lot easier for his fellow rookie in 2016. Elliott will be competing with Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson for the rushing title this year. He can make the big plays. He can make the dirty plays. He can rip the heart out of a defense with a 60-yard touchdown. He can grind them to bits with 2- and 3-yard runs. The Cowboys want to play a certain way that fits with Elliott. The division has many possibilities and there are plenty of candidates on the Cowboys, but Elliott will make the engine go.

Jordan Raanan, New York Giants reporter: Elliott. It’s hard to imagine with that offensive line and with Elliott being more experienced that he won't have another monstrous season, barring injury. He had more than 1,600 yards rushing with defenses geared up to stop the Cowboys’ rushing attack last season. They still couldn’t get the job done. Elliott is destined for another Texas-sized season. Think in the area of 2,000 yards rushing behind that offensive line and in that offense. That should earn him the division MVP honor.

Tim McManus, Philadelphia Eagles reporter: Elliott. He is a special talent running behind arguably the best offensive line in football. That was an ultra-potent combination last season -- Elliott was far and away the league’s leading rusher and helped the Cowboys to a 13-3 record in his rookie season -- and should be once again in 2017. While it was endlessly pointed out (and understandably so) that Prescott benefited from the high-powered ground game, it’s also true that his emergence as a playmaker and trusted steward forced defenses to respect the passing game as well. So long as that continues, Elliott is going to tear up the division, and the league, for the foreseeable future.

John Keim, Washington Redskins reporter: Typically it would be an offensive player. However, I think the Giants will have a strong year -- but it will mostly be because of their defense. New York should still have an excellent defensive line, and with the corners it has, it’s a good setup for safety Landon Collins to continue ascending. Collins was third in the league’s defensive MVP voting last season and, entering his third year, should be even better. He was the first NFL player to finish a season with at least 100 tackles, five interceptions, 12 passes defensed and two sacks. Collins has terrific range and instincts and is positioned to be terrific for years.