Ezekiel Elliott already is getting rave reviews from Jerry Jones, and the Dallas Cowboys owner is comparing the rookie running back to some of the NFL’s all-time greats.
Speaking on 105.3 The Fan, the Cowboys owner said the rookie is already among elite company.
Jerry Jones on @1053thefan mentioned Earl Campbell, Herschel Walker and Emmitt Smith while describing Ezekiel Elliott's ability
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 11, 2016
That’s pretty lofty praise for a rookie, even a first-round pick.
Earl Campbell ran for 9,407 yards and 74 touchdowns in his career. Herschel Walker had 8,225 career yards, 82 total touchdowns (and was a key cog in one of the biggest trades in Cowboys history). Emmitt Smith became the NFL’s all-time rushing leader during his 15-year career and Cowboys fans fondly remember him as one of the Triplets.
Elliott has done pretty well for himself so far, albeit at a much smaller sample size than Campbell, Walker and Smith.
The rookie leads the NFL with 546 rushing yards and is averaging 5.0 yards per carry. Elliott has rushed for at least 100 yards in three straight games and has 5 touchdowns, including a 60-yard score this past weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals.
That performance against the Bengals has already been recognized by the league and Elliott is one of the finalists for rookie of the week.
Making it all even more impressive? His fellow backfield mate, quarterback Dak Prescott, is also a rookie.