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Shell-shocked Ezekiel Elliott having to earn Cowboys’ starting RB job

Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott was the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and immediately labeled as the savior of the Dallas Cowboys offense.

That may be the case when the season starts but right now the former Ohio State star has to earn his way, running second team behind veteran Darren McFadden.

"He’s going to compete," running back coach Gary Brown said. "Zeke has to earn it. I think that’s the best thing for our team and for those guys going forward."

Elliott says he wouldn’t have it any other way and hopes to learn as much as he can from McFadden and veteran Alfred Morris.

"It’s definitely better to have the competition," Elliott said. "It keeps you on your toes and makes sure you get your work done. The competition makes you better."

The starting job is inevitable and will come in due time.

Elliott is just trying to adjust to the speed of the pro game after admittedly being shell-shocked by the tempo of practices on the first day of OTAs Tuesday.

"It’s a lot faster pace," Elliott said Wednesday. "The game moves so much faster. Yesterday, I’m not going to lie, I was a little bit shell-shocked. But today I came out. I was a little bit more prepared and was more ready mentally so it was a little bit easier for me."