Is Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott on Hall of Fame trajectory?

Dallas Cowboys operating again Ezekiel Elliott has been one of many NFL‘s premier operating backs since being drafted in 2016 — however does that imply he has a roadmap to the Hall of Fame?

Whereas he is nonetheless held in excessive regard amongst NFL operating backs, Elliott’s efficiency and effectivity have tapered off since 2018, after he led the league in dashing as a rookie (1,631 dashing yards) and logged a league-leading 1,434 dashing yards two years later. 

And after saying Elliott has “zero chance” of moving into the Hall of Fame, Skip Bayless defined how Elliott “hit the running back wall” on “Undisputed.”

“It’s almost like Zeke got his money and hit the running back wall all at the same time,” Bayless stated. “I’m not saying he didn’t try. I’m not saying he didn’t work out. He just hit the wall. All of a sudden, he lost just a little bit of burst and a little bit of electricity and a little bit of ‘elusivity.’ I don’t know, maybe he just wasn’t quite as hungry as he was before once he got paid? 

“Man, hastily, he falls off to 85 yards a recreation, 65 two years in the past, 59 final yr. It is a 50-yard drop over six seasons in yards per recreation — a 50-yard drop. Often, I might attribute stated demise to a career-threatening harm. It will normally be an ACL, might be an Achilles tendon, perhaps a shoulder, however in all probability a knee or an Achilles. Would you consider that Zeke has had no main accidents?”

Dallas inked Elliott to a six-year, $90 million extension before the 2019 season. Across the last three seasons (2019-21), he has averaged 1,112.7 rushing yards (69.5 rushing yards per game) per year and 348.3 receiving yards (21.8 receiving yards per game) per year. For perspective, Elliott averaged 1,349.3 rushing yards (101.2 rushing yards per game) and 399.7 receiving yards (30.0 receiving yards per game) per season from 2016-18. 

Elliott finished last season with 1,002 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns on 4.2 yards per carry. Dallas went 12-5, winning the NFC East, but later lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC wild-card round.

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 State.


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