When Ezekiel Elliot was selected the fourth Overall in the April Draft, there were probably a few raised eyebrows. The Cowboys could have gone the expected route as far as NFL picks are concerned.
Instead, they chose to bypass the top defensive players in favor of Elliot, and Jerry Jones’ fist bump from the owner’s suite after Elliot’s 60-yard touchdown run on the team’s first offensive play of the second half on Sunday justified the decision.
Running backs will tell you that they love runs where they do not get touched, so Elliot was more than happy with the performance he displayed; this was the first time he showed the Cowboys the home run threat.
The Bengals’ vaunted front seven collapsed under the weight of the Cowboys’ offensive line. Geno Atkins is one of the NFL’s top defensive tackles but he did little to defend that position. At least his sidekick, Domata Peko, managed to deliver one tackle.
Elliot was a standout in the game, without a doubt; the play he made broke records, making him the first rookie in the Cowboys’ history to garner three consecutive 100-yard games.
By the time the game came to an end, Elliot had 134 yards and two touchdowns on fifteen carries. To become the third rookie to accrue more than 130 yards in 3 consecutive games is an accolade Elliot will cherish.
The season has been pleasant to Elliot who everyone is now calling the Cowboys’ monster. He has been increasingly getting better as the season has progressed, with his average yards per carry mark consistently climbing.
Receiver Terrance Williams couldn’t believe that someone so young could run so fast with the ball; Williams couldn’t contain his joy at watching Elliot perform so astoundingly in the game.
According to Williams, Elliot makes blocking a lot of fun. His plays make you want to block, especially when you know what he can achieve when he is allowed to let loose. Williams enjoys the experience of going out on the field to block when he knows that there is someone who can take over a game.
Elliot should probably give his thanks to tight end Geoff Swaim and right Guard Zack martin both of whom opened a hole for him to complete his 60-yard touchdown. Even better for Elliot, Doug Free arrived just in time to flatten Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga once he reached the second level.
At this point, Elliot had no one to look to but his own self as he worked to outrun the secondary; and he did just that splitting Shawn Williams and George IIoka on his way to the end zone.
Ron Leary, the Cowboys’ left guard, was just one of the players that couldn’t believe Elliot could be so fast. Once he began running, there was no stopping him, he was simply gone.
With 546 rushing yards, Elliot presently leads the league. This is why fans should learn to quell some of the early assumptions they tend to make. So many people criticized Elliot just two games into the season because of his slow start.
Right now, though, there is no more popular a rookie. He has shown that he has power and durability. He is quickly becoming the Cowboys’ most threatening piece.