When future Hall of Fame defensive back Charles Woodson watches at Ezekiel Elliott this season he doesn’t see the same player.
Woodson believes the Dallas Cowboys running back has faltered a little in his sophomore season.
“He doesn’t seem like the same player to me as he did last year coming out of school. When you come out of college you’re hungry and you’re ready to step up to the challenge,” Woodson said on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown. “This year it seems like he kind of took things for granted a little bit. He doesn’t seem to have the explosiveness as he did in the previous season.”
The source of Elliott’s slight decline is his off-field transgressions. It’s almost impossible for Elliott’s ongoing court battle to not affect him. The Cowboys running back reportedly showed up to training camp heavier this year and, like Woodson said, looks a step slow. He doesn’t have the burst or explosiveness that we saw last season. The second-year runner is averaging more than a yard less per carry this season.
Granted, Elliott is still top 10 in the NFL in rushing. His regression isn’t steep.
Some of the blame should also go to the Cowboys’ offensive line, a unit who has slipped this season. The combination of the O-line and Elliott’s off-field distractions have contributed to a slight slippage in production.
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