Ezekiel Elliott hopes to retain his rushing title in 2017. | Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images In 2016, Ezekiel Elliott put together perhaps the best rookie season for a running back in NFL history. With Zeke out there setting the tone, the Dallas Cowboys went 13-3, won the NFC East, and established themselves as a team on the up and up.
The 2017 season started slowly for Bears RB Jordan Howard, so much so that rookie fourth-round pick Tarik Cohen was considered a threat to his touches after two games. That’s all changed heading into Week 7. Howard is coming off a career-high game against the Ravens — 36 carries for 167 yards.
The Atlanta Falcons made sure young running back Devonta Freeman will be in town for the long haul on Wednesday. The team and Freeman agreed to a five-year, $41.25 million deal, which was reported by NFL Network’s Michael Silver. The deal includes $17.3 million fully guaranteed and makes him the highest-paid running back in the NFL.
The NFL Network recently completed its countdown of the Top 100 players in the NFL for 2017, as voted on by the players, and a pair of young running backs broke into the list with lofty rankings. The Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott came in at No. 7 on the list. The Arizona Cardinals' David Johnson was No. 12.