Ezekiel Elliott wait almost over for Cowboys

FRISCO, Texas — One of the more amazing things about the Dallas Cowboys’ 41-14 win last week against the Miami Dolphins was that they gained 300 yards in the first half alone. Last year, the Cowboys had four games in which they did not reach that total for a game, and in two others they barely eclipsed 300 yards.

Generally speaking, the transition to the NFL is easier for a running back than for other positions, although picking up blitz assignments is a bit trickier.

The offense Elliott ran at Ohio State, where he rushed for 1,878 and 1,821 yards in his final two seasons and scored 41 touchdowns total, is different from what the Cowboys run stylistically, but not so much conceptually, according to Garrett.

“He was a good runner, running a lot of different runs,” Garrett said. “He showed that he could do a lot of different things there, and many of those things are things we do in our offense. He’s picked things up quickly. He’s very conscientious. He’s a smart guy. He’s a quick study. He’s one of those guys that’s able to take it from the meeting room and take it out on the practice field. When you tell him something, he typically gets it the first time and is able to implement it into his technique. He really loves football and works very hard at it. We’re excited to see him play.”

Everybody is.

When the Broncos selected Paxton Lynch in the first round of the draft instead of signing another veteran quarterback in free agency, Sanchez was asked if he took that as a vote of confidence. “That’s the message I’ve received,” he said.

Now, almost four months later, it’s the guy who was already with the Broncos when Sanchez and Lynch arrived — Trevor Siemian — who has the inside track to be the starting quarterback. Siemian will start Saturday’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams and is likely one more quality half of football from being named the starter for the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Carolina Panthers.

Following this past Saturday’s preseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Sanchez believed he had “squandered” the chance to be the front-runner, as he fumbled twice. Sanchez has three turnovers in just over two quarters of play.

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