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Ezekiel Elliott among Hall of Fame Company as he turned 26

In 's five seasons in the NFL, he's been one of the most productive backs in the league. Elliott's continued to be a productive back despite missing games due to a , dealing with COVID, or .

In the early part of his career, he's been as productive as some of the all-time great running backs in the NFL.

According to Stats and Information, Ezekiel Elliott ranks third all-time in scrimmage yards before the age of 26. Elliott collected more scrimmage yards than Hall of Famer Barry Sanders and behind only and Walter Payton.

Given some better circumstances in 2020, it's possible that Elliott would have passed Payton on this list, finishing just nine scrimmage yards shy of “Sweetness.”

Elliott heads into 2021 with a renewed energy after an spent improving his agility and losing some weight.

In 's , Ezekiel Elliott was asked to be a battering ram. Someone who could kill the three yards at a time. Cowboys' is unleashing the pass-catching side of Elliott in his offense. After catching just 59 passes in his first two seasons, Elliott's caught 189 passes.

As the look to throw the ball more in Kellen Moore's offense, this is how they should incorporate Elliott into the . Simply asking him to be a check-down receiver doesn't fully utilize his abilities as a pass-catcher. We've seen Elliott make plays down the field when he's been called upon to run the wheel routes in the Cowboys' offense. Deploying him to run routes up the seam will provide further opportunities to make plays and give another weapon to target downfield in Moore's 4-verts offense.

Ezekiel Elliott is primed for a bounceback season in 2021. If the Dallas Cowboys can improve even a little bit on defense, Elliott should get more opportunities to carry the ball to help seal games. With reasonable health along the offensive line, 2021 will make his look like an aberration.

John Williams
John Williams
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