Cowboys burning question: Can Zeke be more Edge than George Rogers in Year 2?

After putting together one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history last year, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be trying to do something in 2017 that most great rookie backs weren’t able to do in their career: improve in Year 2. 

Although it’s easy to look at the Cowboys offense and think that Elliott will be unstoppable in 2017, there’s a lot of things that could keep that from happening. Of the 10 best rookie rushing seasons in NFL history, seven of the backs saw their numbers decline in Year 2, and their numbers went down for reasons that could eventually affect Elliott. 

In some cases, there was an injury, and an injury to anyone — particularly Elliott, Dak Prescott or anyone on the Cowboys’ offensive line — could cause Elliott’s numbers to drop in 2017. 

In other cases, big-time rookies saw their numbers drop because they couldn’t handle the spotlight that came with a record-breaking rookie year. 

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To get an idea of what Elliott’s up against, let’s take a look at the 10 best non-Zeke rookie rushing seasons in NFL history and see how those players did

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