Ezekiel Elliott vs. Saquon Barkley
The Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants have two of the most talented running backs in the NFL. Having to pick between the two is a difficult choice for most NFL fans, but is the race close?
Detailing the pros and cons of Saquon Barkley is challenging on its own. Comparing him to Zeke makes it even harder. Barkley came out during his rookie season and was a force. Barkley played and started in all 16 games this past season for the New York Giants rushing for 1307 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. He made the Giants fun to watch with their subpar offense and was great for the New York media. Not only did he rush for 1307, but he also totaled 91 receptions for 721 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 2028 yards from the line of scrimmage and 15 total touchdowns. Barkley was a force to be reckoned with.
Saquon Barkley made the pro-bowl, won offensive rookie of the year, and there wasn’t much to debate about. However, some people ranked Phillip Lindsey as a better back and for a much higher value. Barkley was the second overall pick, and Lindsey was an undrafted free-agent for the Denver Broncos. Lindsey played in 15 games while starting 8 of them and rushed for 1037 yards and nine touchdowns. Lindsey will also make almost $1,000,000 less than Barkley this upcoming season. The money is a factor and so the fact that Barkley was picked before Sam Darnold. Darnold was selected by the New York Jets and made the NFL media compare the pick of Barkley to Darnold all year long.
Ezekiel Elliott has dominated the league as a running back the past three seasons. Since being drafted Elliott has averaged 1349.3 yards and 9.3 touchdowns on the ground for the Dallas Cowboys. He has been a force for the Cowboys and even led the league in rushing yards this past season. Elliott and his talent are indisputable, but there is one main point that would make a fan pick Saquon Barkley over Ezekiel Elliott.
Controversy follows Ezekiel Elliott everywhere he goes in recent years and hasn’t been short of the main page star. From jumping in bells or doing NSFW things in public, Elliott has been involved in a lot. Luckily for himself and the Dallas Cowboys, he has not been suspended by the NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell, and he will play a full season (barring injury). Elliott will need to continue to be a stand-up person if he wants to stay playing and not suspended. The key will be what he was previously doing during the offseason. Stay out of the news, work hard, and dominate the upcoming season the way he has shown us he can.
Questions from the podcast team
If you had to pick between Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley who would be your ideal fit? Is Phillip Lindsey a better value at the position than Barkley?
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