In his rookie season, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was a big reason the 2016 Cowboys had a lot of success. Elliott led the league in rushing, and the Cowboys won 13 games and had home-field advantage throughout the playoffs that season; however, the Cowboys would fall to the Packers in the divisional round.
Last season, Zeke was suspended for six games by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after Elliott was accused of domestic violence, which was a big reason the Cowboys missed the playoffs in 2017.
Now, Zeke is back, but the Cowboys are struggling at 2-3. However, the third-year back is off to a decent start with 480 yards rushing and two touchdowns, along with 22 receptions for 155 yards and one touchdown in five games. Zeke is averaging 127 scrimmage yards per game this season, which is 5th in the NFL.
The man who was selected one pick behind Elliott in the 2016 NFL Draft, Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey, thinks Elliott is one the best backs in football.
“I think he is a complete back. He is one of the tops in the league,” Ramsey said this week as the Jaguars prepare to travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys on Sunday. “I would argue he is. I think everybody would agree with that, though. To me personally, I think he has an all-around game.”
If the Cowboys want to turn this season around, Zeke has to continue to do his part. Also, QB Dak Prescott is going to have to play a little better as well. Fortunately, for the Cowboys, the NFC East is a bit weak, so if they can fix a few things on offense, maybe they will have a shot, but if it’s fixable, it all has to be fixed very soon.