It has been nothing short than a busy offseason for the Dallas Cowboys remaining in the headlines for various reasons. Ezekiel Elliott saw his name stay relevant due to his recent bout with the coronavirus. Things appear to have progressed forward in a promising manner for the Cowboys’ star running back. With that situation aside, Elliott is peeved about the lack of respect he’s getting has led to him lashing out at his haters.
Ezekiel Elliott’s tremendous start to NFL career
Since entering the league in 2016, Ezekiel Elliott has been nothing short than an elite talent.
Elliott has been one of the standard-bearers as he has been arguably the most productive running back over that span. That has seen him rack up 5,405 rushing yards in his first four campaigns, which no other running back is even within 1,000 yards of that massive total, which saw him miss six games in 2017 due to a suspension. That includes him rushing for more than 1,000 rushing yards three times and leading the league in rushing twice.
That has helped him earn three Pro Bowl selections, a First-Team All-Pro nod, and a Second-Team All-Pro nomination. Elliott has been the definition of a dual-threat option while earning the recognition by his peers as being in the conversation for the best all-around running back. He has been the anchor of the Cowboys’ offensive game plan and has continued to show reasons to maintain his highly productive pace moving forward.
However, Elliott looks to have had enough of those doubting where ranks among the game’s best talent.
Ezekiel Elliott lashes out at his haters
Throughout his career, Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t been shy to air out his opinion, especially if it relates to his performance.
It appears to have reached a tipping point for him as the Cowboys’ Pro Bowler took to social media to voice his frustration with those overlooking his talent. (H/T Yahoo Sports)
“There are a lot of great backs in this league but I don’t understand why the media has to talk down on my game just to uplift other backs. We all are talented football players and can ball. Check the stats. Since I entered this league I have dominated year in, year out. Put some RESPECT on my name. Women lie. Men lie. The stats don’t. Go do your homework. Almost 1800 scrimmage yards and 14 TD’s with no training camp and now im not the same back. I do appreciate the standard you guys hold me to though lol. But I promise you no one holds me to a higher standard than myself.”
The 24-year-old certainly has the production to back up any argument in his favor. It’s hard to decipher who Elliott is directing his rant toward as it could be a reference to Madden 21 giving him a 92 overall rating, which is fourth-highest behind Christian McCaffrey (99) Derrick Henry (93), and Nick Chubb (92). His full capitalization could of the word respect may also refer to his teammate Dak Prescott not getting a new lucrative extension from the Cowboys.
Nonetheless, it’s clear that he’s motivated to showcase that he deserves recognition as one of the league’s top players.
Ezekiel Elliott will prove it with his play in 2020
There is no shortage of motivation for Ezekiel Elliott to prove that he deserves more respect for his performance.
The Pro Bowler is coming off another highly productive campaign that saw him finish among the top rushers as racked up 1,357 yards with 12 touchdowns and 54 receptions for 420 receiving yards and two touchdowns playing in all 16 games for the first time in his career. Elliott should remain the focal point of the offense as he has played a significant part of their game plan.
He will have another season with a significant workload that will allow him to put up impressive numbers. Beyond that, his play will be crucial in helping guide the Cowboys back into the playoffs. The bar is set, and Elliott is more than ready to showcase his talent.