Is Zeke a top 3 running back?

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  1. Hawkeye0202

    Hawkeye0202 Well-Known Member

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    OK .......I'll concede Barley, maybe, but no way in hell I'm putting Bell or Kamara over Zeke. ranked running backs across the league and left Ezekiel Elliott out of the top three
    The Cowboys getting disrespected.

    By RJ Ochoa@rjochoa Jun 18, 2019, 4:30pm CDTSHARE
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    Ezekiel Elliott is perhaps the best running back in football. This is a common assumption.

    Zeke has been in the NFL for three seasons now and has two rushing titles decorating his mantle. He may very well have a third if not for his much-debated suspension in 2017, but still, two out of three is very good. In fact, it’s elite.

    To many, Elliott is the gold standard at the running back position. He excels in every way that a running back should, his lone weak spot is contributions via the passing game, and that’s more Scott Linehan’s fault than anything else.
  2. conner01

    conner01 Well-Known Member

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    League leader in rushing and a good receiver
    If he’s not top 2 the rankings are bogus
    I do think Barkley is one
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  3. Ranching

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  4. Hawkeye0202

    Hawkeye0202 Well-Known Member

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    I agree but not sure if Barley protection/blocking is on par with Zeke..
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  5. slick325

    slick325 Well-Known Member

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    Without question he is...
  6. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Zeke is the best back in the game and it isn't close.
  7. John813

    John813 Well-Known Member

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    Be curious to see how Kamara does next year without Ingram.

    Kamara, as a pure RB doesn't have the bellcow stats, but the Saints use the short passing game and his skill set to pick up yardage on the flats or short routes moreso than traditionally running the ball.

    He has recorded 162 catches his first two years and 31 total TDs spliting time with Ingram.
    His total yardage is at 3,150+ yards on 476 touches. 6.6 yards per touch.

    Not saying he's better, but he has been used in a different way and has been great in his role.
  8. OmerV

    OmerV Well-Known Member

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    I think a reasonable person could put Zeke, Barkley, Gurley and Kamara in whatever order they choose. With Bell sitting out last season he lost his claim to that kind of ranking.
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  9. jazzcat22

    jazzcat22 Well-Known Member

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    No way I put Barkley over Zeke.
    More East Coast media bias.

    Zeke is the best hands down and no questions asked.
  10. acr731

    acr731 Well-Known Member

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    If it weren't for his off-the-field shenanigans I would easily put him in at least the top 5. The article above mentions his lack of contribution to the passing game. Thats more on Garrett and his sorry system for failing to use all the weapons he has.
  11. adamknite

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    If not for a six game suspension this man is the league leading rusher all three years he's in the league most likely....

    I feel as if that should answer the question for itself.
  12. Hawkeye0202

    Hawkeye0202 Well-Known Member

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    Why......just curious
  13. adamknite

    adamknite Well-Known Member

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    Zeke had 77 receptions for 560 yards last year....
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  14. Section446

    Section446 Well-Known Member

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    Definitely top-5... Once you get that low, it's hard to say definitively who's better. I think that before he took a year off, Bell was the alpha RB, but now it's kind of up in the air.
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  15. acr731

    acr731 Well-Known Member

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    RJ Ochoa, whoever that is, is the one who said it. Not me.
  16. Jake

    Jake Curmudgeon

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    Zeke finished second in yards from scrimmage last season while Bell was riding jet skis in Florida.
  17. ThatJerryKid

    ThatJerryKid cowboys31

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    Barkley is terrific but reminds me of Barry. Loses too many yards trying to dance around everybody. Lower your head and take the 2 yard gain when nothing is there, don't lose 3 yards trying to make something out of nothing....
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  18. BourbonBalz

    BourbonBalz Star4Ever

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    He’s the top dog. To think otherwise is stupid. His performance speaks for itself.
  19. ClappingCarrot

    ClappingCarrot Well-Known Member

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    Zeke, Barkley, and (a healthy) Gurley.

    Bell will be injured before week 5 because he's been out of football so long and I'd put McCaffery over Kamara 8 days a week.
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  20. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member

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    If Barkley and Elliott were on the open market, Barkly would get paid more
    Can't even imagine Barkley behind out line.

    Bell is terrific, but at this stage in his career, Zeke is better...imo.

    I like Kamara, but his comp is McCaffery, not Zeke.

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