Does Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott belong among top 10 running backs?

Ezekiel Elliott’s fall from superstardom has been well-documented.

Three years ago, the Dallas Cowboys’ RB1 was widely regarded as one of the best backs in the NFL, if not the best. But entering the 2022 season, the three-time Pro Bowler was listed outside the top 10 at his position, according to a poll of the league’s players and executives.

His downtrend has been a disappointing development for fans in the Big D. But according to a diehard member of the Dallas faithful, Elliott is ranked right where he should be.

“Last I’d looked, Pro Football Focus graded Zeke’s season 33rd-best in the National Football League, and I did not have a big problem with that,” Skip Bayless said Wednesday on “Undisputed.”

Bayless did not even agree with Elliott’s placement in the honorable mentions list.

Ezekiel Elliott ranks outside top 10 RBs

Ezekiel Elliott ranks outside top 10 RBs

In the latest running back rankings, Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott fell outside the top 10. Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe weigh in on Zeke’s placement amongst the best RBs in the NFL.

“I was shocked [to see Zeke at 12], “he admitted.” I was prepared for the shame I was going to feel for him, and because of him not being anywhere to be found on this list. I do not think he’s even an honorable mention.

“As a rookie, he averaged 109 yards per game. Those numbers have fallen steadily to 98, 96 85, 65 then 59. In six years, he’s gone from 109 to 59, that’s a 50-yard drop. A 50-yard drop? This decline tells you that you’re in free fall. It’s not going to get better. He hit the running back wall. “They’re stuck with him, and Tony Pollard does not get enough carries.”

Shannon Sharpe agreed with Bayless.

“He’s not better than any of the guys in the top 10,” Sharpe claimed.

“It took Zeke 17 games to get 1,002 yards. In his prime, he was getting 1,000 yards in 10, 11 games. He was 16th in rushing yards per game, he dipped below 60 yards last season. He was on a Hall of Fame arc. That guy does not exist anymore… .It’s not coming back. For the amount of money he’s making, it’s disappointing. “


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