Cowboys in Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliot was one NFLHis first appearance since he was drafted in 2016 – but does that mean he has a roadmap to the Hall of Fame?
While he’s still highly respected among his NFL debuts, Elliott’s performance and efficiency have fizzled out since 2018, having led the league in rushing as a freshman (1,631 rushing yards) and scoring 1,434 rushing yards in the league two years later.
And after Skip Bayless said that Elliott had “no chance” of getting into the Hall of Fame, he explained how Elliott “hit the back wall” in “Undisputed”.
“It’s like Zeke got his money and hit the back wall at the same time,” Bayliss said. I’m not saying he didn’t try. I’m not saying he didn’t work. He crashed into a wall. Suddenly, he lost a little blast, a little electricity and a little bit of ‘dodge.’ I don’t know, maybe he wasn’t quite as hungry as before once he charged his salary?
“A guy, all of a sudden, dropped 85 yards for a game, before 65 yards, and 59 last year. It’s a 50-yard drop in six seasons in every game — a 50-yard drop. Death to a career-threatening injury. Usually a cruciate ligament,” Al Atma said. The front, and it could be the Achilles tendon, maybe the shoulder, but maybe the knee or Achilles. Do you think Zeke didn’t get much injuries?”
Dallas signed Elliott for six years worth $90 million prior to the 2019 season. Over the past three seasons (2019-21), he has averaged 1,112.7 fast yards (69.5 fast yards per game) per year and 348.3 yards (21.8 yards per game) per year. For perspective, Elliott averaged 1,349.3 fast yards (101.2 fast yards per game) and 399.7 yards (30.0 yards per game) per season from 2016 to 2018.
Elliott finished last season with 1,002 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns at 4.2 yards per carry. Dallas went 12-5, winning the NFC East, but later lost to the San Francisco 49ers on the NFC Wild Tag Tour.
Elliott is entering his seventh season in the NFL. The Cowboys selected him with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ohio.
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