While he is still in high regard among NFL running backs, Elliott’s performance and efficiency have waned since 2018, when he led the league as a rookie (1,631 rushing yards) and two years later in the league- Entered the leading 1,434 rushing yards.
“It’s almost like Zeke got his money and hit the back wall at the same time,” Bayless said. “I’m not saying he didn’t try. I’m not saying it didn’t work. He just hit the wall. Suddenly, he just exploded a little bit and a little bit of lightning and a little bit ‘elusive. I don’t know, maybe he wasn’t as hungry as he once was before he got paid?
“Man, all of a sudden, he drops for 85 yards in a game, 65 two years ago, 59 last year. That’s a 50-yard drop in yards per game in six seasons—a 50-yard drop. Usually But, I would attribute said death to a career-threatening injury. It would usually be an ACL, an Achilles tendon, maybe a tendon, but maybe a knee or an Achilles. Would you believe Zeke had No major injuries?”
Dallas signed Elliott for a six-year, $90 million extension ahead of the 2019 season. During the last three seasons (2019-21), he has averaged 1,112.7 rushing yards (69.5 rushing yards per game) and 348.3 receiving yards (21.8 receiving yards per game) per year. For perspective, Elliott averaged 1,349.3 rushing yards per season (101.2 rushing yards per game) and 399.7 receiving yards (30.0 receiving yards per game) from 2016-18.
Elliott finished last season at 4.2 yards per carry with 1,002 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. Dallas leads 12-5, NFC East wins, but loses later San Francisco 49ers In the NFC wild-card round.
Elliott is entering his seventh season in the NFL. The Cowboys picked him in the 2016 NFL Draft with No. 4 overall. Ohio State,
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