Ezekiell Elliott has found himself comfortably on top of the NFL rushing leaderboard.
The rookie has 706 yards through six games and is averaging 117.2 per game. No one else in the NFL has crossed the 600-yard threshold, and LeSean McCoy is second with 587 yards.
DeMarco Murray is currently fourth in the NFL with 526 yards. That name should ring a bell for Cowboys fans, after the current Tennessee Titan had a 2014 campaign that started off in similar fashion when he was in Dallas.
Murray had slightly more yards through six weeks, 785 to 706, but Elliott has a better yards per carry, 5.13 to 4.97. Murray had one more touchdown at this point, but both helped their team to a 5-1 record after six weeks.
Murray ended up finishing the season as the NFL’s rushing champion with 1,845 yards (which was the 17th most in NFL history and a franchise record). Murray was the first Cowboys running back since Emmit Smith in 1995 to lead the league in rushing.
The Cowboys reached the playoffs, eventually losing to the Green Bay Packers, before Murray left and joined the Philadelphia Eagles for the 2015 season.
Murray’s departure may have ultimately opened the door for Elliott, who has grabbed a massive role in the Cowboys offense as a rookie.
— Dallas Cowboys news (@dmn_cowboys) October 18, 2016