Taken with the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft and having the opportunity to run behind what is probably the best offensive line in all of football, Ezekiel Elliott came into his rookie season with the expectation that he would put up productive numbers.
That would be quite an understatement when describing what he has done through four games. After setting the tone in the Cowboys 28-14 blowout of the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Elliott now has 546 yards rushing for an average of 109 yards per game.
Those numbers put him on pace to be only 61 yards shy of Eric Dickerson's 1983 rookie record of 1,808 rushing yards at year's end. Much like Dickerson, he dominated the fifth game of his career, rushing for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Dickerson rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns in the fifth game of his career. Dickerson had actually rushed for 645 yards (99 yards more than Elliott currently has) through five games of his rookie year, but if Elliott can sustain his current level of production he'll go down as one of the best rookie running backs ever and be within striking distance of the rookie record coming into the last game of the season.
Elliott is also the first Cowboy rookie to rush for 100 yards in three consecutive games.