YardBarker- Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t seem like he’s the best at first impressions.
According to a report by Albert Breer of The MMQB on Thursday, Elliott caused “some concern” when he arrived to Cowboys training camp overweight at 231 pounds.
While that mark was only six pounds heavier than Elliott’s listed playing weight at Ohio State and the 21-year-old is said to have “worked off some of that weight before tweaking his hamstring,” it’s still not a great look.
To start, let's take a gander at the differences between Ezekiel Elliott the collegiate running back and Ezekiel Elliott the professional running back...
Are we still confused as to why he came into training camp overweight? Dallas drafted a guy whose calling card is his abs - so much so that he showed up the draft with a cutoff button-down - into a league where shamelessly flaunting them is punishable by whatever number of games Roger Goodell picks out of a hat that day. OF COURSE his workout regimen fell off a cliff. How could anyone be surprised by that? It should have been blatantly obvious that the Cowboys needed to hire a guy to help him keep up with his crunches after disappointing him with the news the NFL doesn't allow crop-tops. I don't think it's any secret why people pack on the weight during the winter. There's simply no point in maintaining a tight body if you are just going to throw layers upon layers of loose clothing over it. Obviously that is untrue for someone that was selected 4th overall in the NFL draft and plays a position predicated on athleticism, but a form fitting jersey might as well be an oversized hoodless sweatshirt to someone as vain as Ezekiel Elliott. Put a thinly stretched layer of elastic material over his belly and he starts acting like he's wearing maternity clothes. We are talking about a dude that's been using the appearance of his midsection to inspire him in the gym since the first time he picked up a weight. Did they not think he was going to require a new muse to stay in shape when they took away his primary motivation of catching a mid-game glance in the mirror?