Over the past month, Running Back Ezekiel Elliott has had the attention of many fans and the press due to the news regarding his future.
This attention hasn't been the focus that Elliott has thrived for though. With news article after news article stating how Elliott just doesn't have what it takes anymore to be a star running back, it's gotta be a stab in the heart for a player that fans love.
Who is saying this though, and where is the proof regarding Elliott's physical decline?
According to scouts across the internet, Elliott just doesn't have enough spice left in his legs to get the job done anymore.
Not only have scouts and media influencers talked about Elliott's struggles, but fans are starting to worry as to how long our running back has left in him.
Since the 2016 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys fanbase has been thrilled to have this star running back on their team. Drafting a running back in the first round is always a risky decision for any team let alone the 4th pick. The Cowboys took that risk though on Elliott, and it paid off.
Since he arrived in Dallas, Elliott has had a total of 8,262 yards rushing and 2,336 yards receiving.
Stats like that are not common and deserve a lot of recognition.
Let's not forget he has 68 touchdowns from rushing as well as 12 through passes.
Elliott will definitely go down as a superstar in the Cowboys' history books, but his age is starting to tell Elliott to quit.
With Elliott going into his 8th season in the NFL, Father time seems to be creeping up on his career. Especially when you are a running back, taking hit after hit on every play, really starts to damage your body over time.
Let's not forget that Running Back Tony Pollard is also here, and is someone who has proven that he can be a #1 running back.
This is even more troublesome news for Elliott, as Pollard has been slowly stealing his job away from him.
Last season Elliott had his fewest attempts for a season in his career at 231 reps.
His playing time has decreased significantly and it just seems like the steam in his engine isn't pumping anymore.
Elliott knows this, however, he seems to be ignoring the media and fans about his flaws. While so many people have been tormenting Elliott and his future, he hasn't really come out and said much.
Elliott seems to just be focusing on next season and next season only.
This is definitely something you want to see in your star running back. Someone who doesn't quit and keeps going even when the world is telling him it's time to stop.
Only time will tell what's in store for Elliott. Once a powerhouse locomotive is now being reduced to a spare tire with few miles left on it.
I am willing to bet Elliott still has another year or two left in him. It's still sad for fans to see their running back start to age, but it happens to everyone.
Over the years, Elliott gave back to fans what it's truly like to be a Cowboys fan. Strength and confidence were the key factors that Elliott brought with him when joining the team back in 2016.
His motives and ability will live on through the fan base he created over the years. Even with little time left for his career, Elliott is a fighter, and won't go down without a bang.