Ezekiel Elliott may have been a bit rusty at the start of last year after he held out for a new contract, but the star running back is tired of reporters and analysts claiming he is no longer the explosive player he used to be.
On Thursday, Elliott took to Twitter to rant about people saying he is “not the same back” anymore. He cited his stats from last season and said the media needs to “put some RESPECT on my name.”
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.
Elliott has a point. The standard he has set for himself since the Dallas Cowboys drafted him in 2016 has created high — even astronomical at times — expectations. There has been some talk about him having a “down year” in 2019, and he still managed to rush for 1,357 yards and score 12 touchdowns. His 4.5 yards per carry were also just barely below his career average of 4.6. Those numbers are elite no matter how you look at them.
The problem (if you want to call it that) is that Elliott’s rookie season was his best. He rushed for 1,631 yards and scored a total of 16 touchdowns while averaging an absurd 5.1 yards per carry. If anything below that stat line is considered Elliott losing a step, he may lose a step every season.
Ezekiel Elliott is widely considered to be one of the best running backs in football, and you could easily make the argument that he is either No. 2 or 3 on the list. One NFL coach believes Zeke is no longer in the top 10, however, and you can imagine how the Dallas Cowboys star feels about that.
As part of a preview of the 2020 NFL season, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler polled more than 50 NFL coaches, executives, scouts and players and asked them to rank the top 10 to 15 players at each position. One anonymous offensive coach ranked Elliott as the 11th-best running back in the NFL, saying Zeke simply isn’t as explosive as he once was. Elliott had a funny response on Twitter.
As for the ranking, we can’t imagine finding 10 running backs that we’d take over Zeke. You could make arguments for Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley and maybe Derrick Henry, but 11th is way too low for Elliott. In what some considered a down season last year, Elliott rushed for 1,357 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Those are hardly middle-of-the-pack numbers.
“Correction: Elliott responded to our original story and said “faded” referred to a few drinks he had while streaming. A previous version of this story included a headline with an incorrect interpretation of Elliott’s meaning of “faded.” We apologize and regret the error,” the note says.
Zeke has a right to be perturbed by the headline, but given SI apologized and corrected it, we doubt a case would actually go anywhere. His legal team is also working on another matter at the moment.
As you can see, Elliott seemed concerned when he realized he hadn’t ended his stream yet.
A lot of people are saying Elliott accidentally admitted to the world that he was high, but that wasn’t necessarily the case. He could have meant he was drinking, or perhaps he was talking about something entirely different. Either way, he obviously would have preferred to not go public with it.
Elliott has had a somewhat eventful offseason already, as he is currently being sued over his dogs allegedly attacking someone who was cleaning his pool. He’ll probably hear from the Cowboys over his little gaming slip-up, but don’t expect anything significant to come of it.
Ezekiel Elliott is clearly unimpressed by a lawsuit recently filed against him.
Elliott’s three dogs allegedly attacked a pool cleaner he’d hired in March, and the alleged victim is seeking significant financial damages from the Dallas Cowboys running back. Elliott publicly reacted to the suit Friday in response to a Twitter user who made a joking remark about the suit.
Sad that people would rather sue and try to take someone’s money than respectfully go earn their money. People are a joke. Mam you are sad. https://t.co/qRWihj9utU
Ezekiel Elliott has more legal trouble to sort through in advance of the 2020 season.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, a woman who was cleaning Elliott’s pool at his Frisco, Texas home in March has filed a lawsuit against the Dallas Cowboys star after she claims his three dogs violently attacked her. The woman claims Elliott’s Rottweiler bit her arm and dragged her, and then his two bulldogs began attacking her legs. She said she was bit multiple times before being taken to the emergency room in “immense pain.”
The alleged victim says her injuries were so bad she required surgery on her forearm two weeks after the incident. She claims she has been dealing with complications from the procedure and is in constant physical and mental pain from the attack. She’s seeking over $200,000 but less than $1 million in damages from Elliott.
A spokesperson for the Frisco Police Department told TMZ that animal services responded to an incident at Elliott’s home on March 11, but no charges were filed.
The woman who is suing Elliott says she is not the first pool cleaner to be attacked by his Rottweiler, either. She says the dog bit someone else who was cleaning the pool in December 2019.
Elliott’s agent Frank Salzano told TMZ the star running back was in “no way negligent in connection with the alleged incident and intends to vigorously defend the lawsuit.”
It certainly doesn’t sound like Ezekiel Elliott wanted the results of his coronavirus test to go public.
The Dallas Cowboys running back was one of several members of the team to test positive for the virus, his agent confirmed Monday. However, after that news went public, Elliott had a brief response that indicated he had not expected that information to become available.
HIPAA is a well-known law that protects the private medical information of individuals who seek treatment. It is why the Cowboys themselves did not publicly identify any of the players who tested positive, as doing so without the consent of the player would constitute a violation of their rights.
Many weren’t sure what Elliott meant, as the player’s own agent confirmed the news to the media. Elliott, however, said that his agent was not the one who broke the story, but was simply confirming after media members sought confirmation when it was somehow leaked to them.
My agent only confirmed. The story was already written. Reporters had been called my agent all morning.
It’s hard to blame Elliott for being frustrated here. He had a right to privacy, and if it’s true that his positive test was leaked to the media without his consent, this would be a clear violation of those rights. This has been an issue before, as reporters have gone to great lengths to get private medical information and have been scrutinized and even sued.