Ezekiel Elliot landing spot No. 2: Cincinnati Bengals
During his time in Columbus, Ohio, Ezekiel Elliott became a major star. He ran for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Ohio State Buckeyes as a sophomore and then in 2015, he put up another 1,821 yards and 23 touchdowns.
That was enough for him to land in the top five of the 2016 NFL Draft and he was also the leading rusher in the NFL as a rookie with 1,631 yards. During that rookie campaign, he had a great performance against the Cincinnati Bengals, putting up 134 yards and two touchdowns.
Elliot has faced the Bengals twice since then but hasn’t had the same impact. Still, they’ve seen what he can do when he gets rolling, which might be enough for them to kick the tires on the veteran.
Right now, the Bengals make sense for a couple of reasons. One is that they just lost Samaje Perine who signed with the Denver Broncos. Perine might not be a household name but he’s a 235-pound running back who helped a lot in short-yardage plays as well as in the passing game.
Elliot can handle each of those roles for Cincy, while also serving as insurance behind Joe Mixon, who continues to make news for all the wrong reasons.