When the all-time single-season rushing leader of the Dallas Cowboys speaks, and you’re a running back who has just been drafted by the Cowboys, it makes sense that you’d listen. And that’s apparently just what Ezekiel Elliott did when DeMarco Murray offered up some advice shortly after draft day.
Murray’s advice for Elliott? To shadow veteran tight end Jason Witten, and more or less do what he does, both on and off the field.
According to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Elliott has taken that advice to heart.
“My impression’s been good,” Witten said of Elliott. “I think he’s humble. It’s only been two weeks, and we haven’t even put the pads on to understand that. Obviously, he seems to embrace the expectations they have for him. He wants to get it right. He wants to do things the right way. That’ll come. That relationship will come with him.”
When Murray was in Dallas, he and Witten were workout partners, and Murray was never shy in heaping praise on his friend. As this offseason has shown, the fact that Murray is a Tennessee Titan now hasn’t changed that.
“I appreciate DeMarco saying those kind words,” Witten said. “We had a great run together. But DeMarco earned that to the year that he had. Zeke’s very talented. You can see that. And he works at it. I think that excites me a lot as a veteran player to see a young guy come in and have high expectations but also to want to surround himself with the right guys and do it the right way. I’ve been impressed with that so far.”