The first season of Ezekiel Elliott's career in the National Football League  

 Elliott led the NFL in rushing yards with 1,631, setting a Cowboys rookie record and becoming the third rookie in NFL history to lead the league in rushing.

He scored 15 rushing touchdowns, which was second in the league and the most by a rookie in Cowboys history. This made him a vital component of the Cowboys' red zone offense. 

Elliott's consistency was remarkable, rushing for over 100 yards in seven games. His ability to maintain high performance throughout the season was crucial for the Cowboys. 

In addition to his rushing prowess, Elliott was an effective receiver out of the backfield, catching 32 passes for 363 yards and one touchdown. His versatility added a significant dimension to the Cowboys' offense. 

 Elliott was selected to the Pro Bowl and named a First-Team All-Pro, a rare accomplishment for a rookie. These honors reflected his immediate impact and recognition by peers and analysts.  

He was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press, highlighting his dominant performance and key role in the Cowboys' success. 

Elliott's performance helped the Cowboys achieve a 13-3 record, the best in the NFC, and secure the top seed in the playoffs. His ability to control the ground game and eat up clock was instrumental in many of their victories. 

Elliott, along with fellow rookie Dak Prescott, formed a dynamic backfield duo. Their complementary skills and rookie synergy revitalized the Cowboys' offense and set the foundation for future success.