Ezekiel Elliott is one half of the Dallas Cowboys’ dynamic rookie combination. The running back has played a big part in Dallas’ 5-1 start. He’s earning praise around the league and in his own locker room.
Cowboys veteran linebacker Sean Lee was complimentary of the Cowboys rookie running back as the team gears up to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.
“He’s just the compete package. His ability to make people miss and also be physical,” Lee explained, per Jon Machota. “He’s got the burst. He’s got the ability to make you miss. But he’s also extremely physical. As a linebacker, that’s tough to take. A lot of times a guy can make you miss but he can’t run you over. When he can do all of that, it just makes him that much harder to play against.”
Elliott’s superb rookie campaign has vaulted him to the top of the 2016 rushing leaders. He’s currently second in the NFL in rushing with 703 yards. He has a chance to surpass Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (756) atop the NFL’s rushing leaders on Sunday since Murray has already played this week.
The rookie running back will have a primetime audience to play in front of tonight when Dallas takes on Philadelphia and fellow rookie Carson Wentz.
It’s going to be fascinating to watch Elliot, Wentz and Dak Prescott all play on the same field for the first time tonight.
Sunday night game could go a long way in the NFL Rookie of the Year conversation.