2021 Dallas Cowboys report card: Ezekiel Elliott
With the NFL Combine starting this week and free agency just around the corner, the Dallas Cowboys are looking to move on from 2021. Before the new league starts, grades need to be issued for the players on the current squad. At the end of every season, all team members sit down with the head coach and speak their minds in exit interviews. They could voice either what went right or what went wrong.
Mike McCarthy might not give his players a literal letter grade for their in-season production, but that is what we are about to do. Today we are talking about running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Grades will be determined by expectations set before the season and how the production matched on the field. There were a handful of surprises this season that grade out better from where they started. For every positive surprise, a few were shockingly disappointed and dropped a letter grade from the 2020 season. The running back is one of those instances.
Let’s take a look at how Elliott did last year, what was expected of him, and what his final grade was for 2021.