Yes, it’s early. Still, it’s hard not to be impressed with Ezekiel Elliott.

He leads the NFL in rushing after torching the league’s top run defense for 157 yards. Elliott became the first rookie to ever run for 130 yards in four straight games.

The Rookie of the Year award is well within Elliott’s grasp through the first six weeks.

But Dan Patrick is thinking bigger for the former Ohio State star. Yes, he believes Elliott should be in the MVP discussion:

That’s quite the statement from a guy who obviously doesn’t throw out too many hot takes.

Patrick and others can’t help but notice that the Cowboys are 5-1 without a Dez Bryant and Tony Romo. That’s a major credit to Elliott and Dak Prescott, who already made some rookie history┬átogether.

Whether or not Elliott can keep up his torrid pace and build his MVP candidacy remains to be seen.

But given what the Cowboys have dealt with in the early part of 2016, it’s hard to see him slowing down anytime soon.