There isn’t much about Ezekiel Elliott’s game you can complain about – unless you’re a fan of the opposing team. The Cowboys’ breakout running back has a rare combination of size, speed, and power, which makes him a reliable three-down workhorse. Zeke is also a dynamic player, as he has proven to be a reliable blocker and a threat in the passing game.
However, a few Hall of Fame Cowboys running backs don’t like how much Elliott hurdles other defenders.
“He better stop that. He better stop that. He better stop that,” Tony Dorsett said. “That’s one thing I don’t like. When you get airborne, you’re at the mercy of the hit, and sometimes you can’t protect yourself. I think as he gets older he may take that out of his repertoire. He needs to stop that. That scares me every time he gets airborne. I’m like oh…”
Dorsett wasn’t the only running back who felt Zeke should stay on the ground when he runs. Emmitt Smith also voiced his concerns about Elliott’s hurdling tendencies.
“Get on the ground as quickly as possible,” Smith said. “Every time I watch somebody run, I’m looking very closely, very tentatively, seeing how they fall, because a lot of things happen when you fall.”
While TV Stations and fans from all over would probably be disappointed to see Elliott stop jumping over full grown, professional football players such as Rodney McLeod or Jerraud Powers, it may serve the Cowboys well in the long run, as Dallas can’t afford to lose their All-Pro running back if they want to make a Championship run next season.
With the exception of the hurdling critique, Dorsett and Smith had nothing but nice things to say about Elliott, who lead the NFL in rushing with 1,631 yards in his rookie campaign.
“He’s behind his shoulder pads, Smith said in regards to Elliott. “He’s always falling forward. Great vision, tremendous speed, got a hell of a jump cut, and I mean he’s playing chess while others out there are playing checkers. I appreciate that. He’s a thinker. He’s a smart guy, and I love watching him run.”