There is no question that Ezekiel Elliott is one of the more accomplished running backs since he entered the NFL in 2016. Zeke has two NFL rushing titles to his name through four years and would arguably have another if not for being suspended for six games in 2017. When you discuss the best backs in the game today his name is certainly in the mix.
As talented as Ezekiel Elliott is, he still receives some criticism. The subject as to the value of the running back position as a whole is certainly one of legitimate merit, but if you are qualifying the position on its own then it must be acknowledged what he has done. It seems that Zeke agrees.
Ezekiel Elliott wants some respect for his NFL accomplishments so far
If you are a fan of Call of Duty, you have likely seen Ezekiel Elliott streaming at some point over the last few months. He has been a bit more active on social media this offseason, and on Thursday he took to Twitter to share his thoughts on his accomplishments to this point in his career.
Elliott challenged people to “check the stats” and noted that men and women both lie but that statistics themselves do not. He added that with no training camp last year, he was holding out in hopes of a new contract that he ultimately got, he was still able to produce 1,800 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.
To be clear, those are overall totals that include Zeke’s work in the passing game and to be honest I think I speak for all of us in saying that it would be nice to see the Cowboys use him even more there. Hopefully Mike McCarthy is more of a fan of that principle than the previous coaching regime.
The model for a perfect running back in the here and now seems to be Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers, and while there is no doubt that there are other talented running backs throughout the NFL, Ezekiel Elliott is undeniably among them. In fact, Ezekiel Elliott is among some of the greatest backs in NFL history in certain statistics.
If you’re questioning the timing of Elliott’s tweets consider that this year’s version of Madden recently saw ratings for all players dropped and naturally some throughout the league feel they are too low, perhaps this spurred this, or maybe it was the new contract for Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry.
The Dallas Cowboys have high expectations from many people as they enter the hopeful NFL season. Ezekiel Elliott will obviously be a big part of that. Hopefully his individual success leads the Cowboys to team success on the field.