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Uninvited to the NFL combine and bypassed on draft weekend, Lindsay signed a contract with his hometown team that would pay him $480 Jimmy Vesey Jersey ,000 this season and included a $15,000 signing bonus.

By comparison, Freeman’s signing bonus was $997,020 and Williams’ was $93,900.

A Colorado alum himself, Joseph was no stranger to Lindsay’s talents.

“It’s hard to believe he didn’t go to the combine,” Joseph said. “Obviously he’s a Buff, so I’ve watched Phillip for three years as a starter in a major conference. He was a great player. We were all surprised he didn’t go to the combine, and obviously signing him as a free agent was tough because we drafted two backs. We pursued him heavy and he stayed home.”

Lindsay’s college coach, Mike MacIntyre, said he has no doubt his former pupil will make it in the NFL because of his versatility, tenacity and willingness to make the most of any morsel of playing time he gets.

“In college he covered kicks, returned kicks, he could play on all four big phases,” MacIntyre said. “And then he’s a guy that can catch the ball really well, so he could be a third-down back. He’s a guy that could block well, could run well Vladislav Namestnikov Jersey , so when you take him to the game, even if he doesn’t play a lot of running back early, he’s going to play a lot of plays for you. So he’s valuable for you as a coaching staff and a team.

“He’ll be the special team coaches’ dream, I promise you that.”

MacIntyre got that right.

“I love Phillip,” Broncos special teams coordinator Tom McMahon declared. “Phillip works his butt off.”

He garnered the nickname “Tasmanian Devil” in college because of the frenetic energy he brings to the team as the undersized underdog he’s been all his life.

“I always bring a chip on my shoulder, not because I’m mad but because I know what I have to do,” Lindsay said. “For me, I’m a running back that’s 5-8 and 190 pounds and I have to go and get my respect for the NFL now.”

It’s nothing new.

“I mean, since when have I not been the underdog?” Lindsay said.

NOTES: In honor of owner Pat Bowlen and his wife, Annabel, both of whom are fighting Alzheimer’s, the Broncos handed out purple towels to their fans and wore purple-and-gray T-shirts Saturday to raise funds and awareness of the disease. … The Broncos will hold a 45-play scrimmage Sunday.

Dak Prescott heard the assessment from New York Giants safety Landon Collins on how to beat his Dallas Cowboys.

Stop running back Ezekiel Elliott, put the ball in Prescott's hands and "I think we'll have a better shot at winning," Collins said a few days after the Carolina Panthers illustrated as much in the opener.

"Challenge accepted," the Dallas quarterback said. "Challenge accepted."

The Cowboys know every opponent wants to stop the running game. Elliott says it's been that way since the first game of his rookie year, when fellow first-year star Prescott replaced an injured Tony Romo and became the starter for good while Elliott won the 2016 rushing title.

If the players in Prescott's passing game are feeling the burden of creating space for Elliott while also trying to figure out life after retired tight end Jason Witten and released receiver Dez Bryant, they're not showing it going into their home opener Sunday night against the Giants.

Dallas is trying to avoid the first 0-2 start in seven seasons under coach Jason Garrett.

"No burden at all Alex Goligoski Jersey ," said Allen Hurns, one of the free agents brought in to try to fill the void left by Bryant. "I think we did a pretty good job. Things didn't go our way as far as getting catches. But I feel like we did our job as far as creating separation."

Case in point: tight end Blake Jarwin. The second-year pro was wide open as Prescott scrambled during the 16-8 loss to the Panthers. Prescott underthrew him badly, but part of the problem was Jarwin going deep when Prescott thought he would come back.

"When you scramble, there are a lot of things that go into the scramble rules," Prescott said. "What you should do, what you shouldn't do, what you look for. That's a good example of not knowing what each other wanted."

Dallas has new receivers galore, after roughly five years with the same core. Besides Hurns and Jarwin, there are receivers Deonte Thompson (free agent) and Tavon Austin (trade). Then again, it starts to sound like an excuse to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

"The solution is we've just got to keep meeting and you've got to keep going," Linehan said. "Sometimes we think we're on the same page. But a guy, he may never, ever have done that because he wasn't here."

Clearly, the Cowboys have something to get fixed. Prescott has thrown for less than 200 yards in seven of his past nine starts, although six of those were without a suspended Elliott.

Since a club-record 11-game winning streak that ultimately sent Romo into retirement two years ago, Prescott and the Cowboys have been average. The passing game has struggled, which is part of the reason Dallas cut an underperforming Bryant rather than pay him $12.5 million.

Without better results throwing Mike Smith Jersey , the Cowboys risk a first half with Elliott like they had against the Panthers: 18 yards rushing.

"We believe in the guys we have," said Elliott, who finished with 69 yards and scored the team's only touchdown in the second half. "We believe in our offensive line. They've been the best players on our team. We got to rally around those guys and just keep working."

The offensive line is trying to replace four-time Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick, out indefinitely with a nerve disorder. Joe Looney is set for his second start, and has a rookie next to him in left guard Connor Williams, a second-round pick.

"I thought we did some good things and I thought we did some bad things," Looney said. "It wasn't like we went out there and go beat 50-0. It's one game. I take that approach. We're not pressing the panic button. It's a long season."

The idea of a "long season" will take on a different meaning if the Cowboys can't find go-to threats, or Prescott has trouble connecting with them.

"I keep saying it's a simple thing for me," said Geoff Swaim, still the only tight end on the roster with a catch in the regular season. "I think about it like, 'If I do my job well, then the impact we'll have is a good one and it will help Zeke and it will help (Beasley) and it will help Dak. Everything will get better.'"

Swaim's quarterback accepts that challenge.

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