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Ezekiel Elliott Disrespected in ESPN's Under 25 Lineup

12up logo 12up 7/16/2018 Christopher Rosvoglou
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Regardless of the media's opinion on the Cowboys, it's hard to ignore the talent of ​Ezekiel Elliott. Sure, ​he's had off-the-field issues, but the dynamic tailback is undoubtedly one of the best offensive players in the NFL. 

Elliott turns 23 on Sunday, but even his impressive numbers at such a young age won't help him earn the respect he deserves. It took 43 NFL insiders from ESPN to put together their starting roster of players under 25, yet the All-Pro running back was excluded from the list. 

Instead of placing him in the lineup, these 'insiders' went with ​Saquon Barkley, which is actually insane.

​​Forget about all the rumblings of Barkely being a generational talent, the Penn State product hasn't even registered a snap in the preseason. 

Several options could've been placed before Elliott that might've been respectable, such as Alvin Kamara and Leonard Fournette. But, clearly all logic was thrown out the window before this lineup was made. 

​Until Barkley registers over 1,600 rushing yards in a NFL season or 16 total touchdowns, the No. 2 overall pick needs to be left out of this conversation. 

This is simply insulting to football fans everywhere, who understand how blasphemous it is to believe a rookie is already superior to several Pro Bowlers. Zeke led the league in rushing in his first season. Perhaps ESPN should pump the brakes on its Barkley hype train. 

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