|Birthdate||July 22, 1995|
|Pick||Round: 1, Overall: 4|
New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed 22 times for 68 yards during Thursday's upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was also quite impressive in the passing game, catching seven of eight targets for 72 receiving yards and one touchdown. The veteran running back saw a drastically increased role in Week 14 with Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) sidelined and wasted no time getting involved. Elliott was the Patriots' top weapon on offense and has delivered key production as a pass-catcher midway through his age-28 season. Even with a trickier matchup against the Chiefs on tap, Elliott will remain a low-end fantasy RB2 option in Week 15.
Dec. 7, 2023 11:25 PM EST
Ezekiel Elliott is number 21 and a running back for the Dallas Cowboys. Drafted by the Cowboys fourth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, he started as running back in his rookie season. He signed a four-year, $24,956,341 contract, including a $16,350,066 signing bonus, with $24,506,340 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $6,239,085. He's run a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, and he has a 32 1/2 inch vertical jump - a nearly record breaking 40 time.
Elliot started strong in his first game of 2016, against the New York Giants. He had 20 rushing attempts for 51 rushing yards. He also scored his first career touchdown. Elliot continued his strong start against the Washington Redskins with 21 carries for 83 yards. The next week against the Chicago Bears, Elliot had 30 rushing attempts for 140 rushing yards - this was his first game with over 100 yards. Elliot then went on to have a four-game streak of games with more than 100 rushing yards.
By the ninth game of the season, Elliot rushed more than 1,000 yards combine - only the second Cowboys rookie ever to achieve this. Tony Dorsett achieved this first in 1977. He also set a record to become the third running back to rush 1,000 yards after only nine games. The only other running backs to achieve this were Adrian Peterson and Eric Dickerson.
In game 10, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Elliott recorded 199 total yards and three touchdowns, including his first career receiving touchdown. Dak Prescott, a fellow rookie, threw an 85-yard pass - Elliot made a 32-yard run to score the game-winning touchdown with 33 only seconds remaining. Here are highlights of his record-breaking first ten games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-kLtOFTnR8
In Week 15, after scoring against Tampa Bay, Elliott beat another record. He ran 159 yards in the game. This beat out Tony Dorsett and Herschel Walker Cowboys rookie records.
Elliot was chosen as a First-team All-Pro, and he also earned his first Pro Bowl. He and fellow rookie quarterback Dak Prescott became the first rookie duo selected in NFL history.
The Cowboys played the Packers in divisional playoffs, and Elliot made 22 runs for 125 yards. He and Duane Thomas were the only Cowboy rookies to rush over 100 yards in a playoff game.
Elliott attended Ohio State University and started as second string as a freshman. He moved to the starting position in his second year and began setting new records. During the 2014 Big Ten Championship game, he ran for 220 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns. In the 2015 season, Elliott rushed over 100 yards for ten straight games. He also announced that he would be entering the 2016 draft. By the time he left OSU, he had tied several OSU favorites like Eddie George and Archie Griffin for records, and he had also set several of his own.
Here are highlights of his college career: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PLI_Ic9lFE
Elliott attended John Burroughs School in Ladue, Missouri. He was a four-sport athlete - he played football, basketball, ran track, and he also played baseball. He played running back for his football team and led his team to three straight title games. As a high school junior, he was named the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offensive player of the yearr. In one season, he rushed 1,802 yards, and he had 34 touchdowns. He received 23 passes for 401 yards and six scores. In his senior year, he had 3,061 all-purpose yards and 50 total touchdowns, including 2,155 rushing yards and 40 rushing touchdowns.
Elliot is currently under investigation by the NFL for domestic violence. The investigation has been ongoing for months, and the NFL has not set a date for it to conclude.
Elliots dog Ace has his own Instagram account @theaceelliott.
Elliots Twitter is: @EzekielElliott.
And his Instagram is: @EzekielElliott.
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