Ezekiel Elliott is closer to the best running back in the NFL than the 11th.
Looks like Ezekiel Elliott has some great bulletin board material for the 2020 campaign.
The Dallas Cowboys running back had some major shade thrown his way on Thursday morning. In ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler‘s premium content article that went out on July 9, he touched on ranking the 10 best running backs in the NFL in 2020. Surely, Elliot would easily crack the top 10 on any sane human being’s list. Well as it turns out, that was not the case with one offensive line coach.
NFL writer Marcus Mosher shared Fowler’s article on this tweet. “One NFL offensive coach ranked Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott as the 11th-best RB in the NFL. ‘Very few breakout runs, doesn’t look as strong anymore. Feels like he’s about 60 to 70 percent of what he was’.”
So it’s only fitting that Elliott saw Mosher’s tweet and quote tweeted it in the most Zeke way possible. “Whoever that is, is faded lol.”
It has come full circle. Elliott isn’t the one who is faded, it is the offensive line coach who thinks he’s the 11th best running back in the NFL. It’s like saying Patrick Mahomes isn’t a top five quarterback in the NFL because he is propped up by his offense. Whoever that anonymous offensive line coach is should state anonymous. Otherwise, he’d get raked over the coals.
Look for Ezekiel Elliott to run train all over the NFL this season.
One could easily argue Elliott is the best running back in football. He’s probably the best player on his own team regardless of position, right up there with guard Zack Martin. If you think someone Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers is the best running back in football, yes, you can make that argument. But to have Elliott outside of the top 10 is patently stupid.
In four years out of The Ohio State University, Elliott has rushed for 5,405 yards on 1,169 carries for 40 touchdowns. He has led the NFL in carries and rushing yards twice. Elliott is a three-time Pro Bowler and a First-Team All-Pro back in his rookie season of 2016. This is a guy well on his way towards becoming a Pro Football Hall of Famer, as he’s only entering his age-25 season.
If the Cowboys win the NFC East for the third time in five years in 2020, Elliott will be a major reason for that. Of course, the Cowboys will face tough competition in the Philadelphia Eagles. Surely, the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins won’t be as bad as they were a year ago. Look for Elliott to spite rush for over 1,300 yards for the fourth time in five NFL seasons.
A motivated Elliott is a frightening thing for the rest of the NFC.