Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is on pace to break Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record.
Eric Dickerson has held the NFL rookie rushing record since his debut season with the Los Angeles Rams in 1983. Well, Dickerson's record is in danger. Thanks to a rookie from Ohio State named Ezekiel Elliott.
Dickerson ran for 1,808 yards during his rookie campaign. Since Dickerson set the record in 1983, Edgerrin James came the closest to dethroning him. In 1999, James rushed for 1,553 yards. That's a difference of 255 yards between Dickerson's record and the next closest rookie performance since Dickerson set the record.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot is on pace for 1,875 yards. In his last four games, Elliott rushed for over 130 yards in each game, including 157 yards against the NFL's No. 1 rushing defense, the Green Bay Packers. Elliott is averaging more yards per rush (5.1) than Dickerson (4.6). Although Elliott is averaging fewer carries per game (22.8) than Dickerson (24.6) did during his rookie season, Elliott still averages more yards per game (117.5) than Dickerson (113).
Dez Bryant has made his prediction.
That'd be a decent rookie campaign for the former Ohio State.