It doesn’t take an expert analyst to see what Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have been able to accomplish so early in their NFL careers is pretty special. In fact, in terms of numbers two rookies have been able to put up as teammates, what the Cowboys duo has done is historic.
As ESPNs Adam Caplan reports, the Cowboys became the first team ever to have a rookie quarterback with at least 1,000 yards passing and a rookie running back with at least 500 yards after five games. Any way you choose to look at it, that’s special.
Elliott’s start was a little bit easier to imagine. Running backs often contribute in their first year in the league, and in many cases excel, particularly behind an offensive line the caliber of what Dallas has built. As the fourth-overall pick in the draft, there was also no question Elliott would have a huge role in the offense, despite the presence of veterans Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden, the latter of whom has been out with an injury.
Prescott’s ascension was obviously a lot more difficult to predict. The injury to Tony Romo wasn’t a surprise, paving the way for the fourth-round pick to take over under center. Yet, even after a stellar preseason, only the most optimistic saw a first-time signal caller dismantling NFL defenses with the ease that Prescott has, arguably the primary reason Dallas has been able to build a 4-1 record in the process.
No matter what happens for the remainder of the 2016 season, one thing seems evident. The future of the Cowboys offense is extremely bright with Prescott and Elliott leading the way. When they are in their first year and already making history together, how can you not envision them sharing a hold of the Lombardi Trophy someday down the road?