IRVING, Texas – The signing of draft picks can mean a lot for the future of a franchise.
Fans aren’t the only ones who get excited about those additions. While the incoming players could put some veterans out of a job, many of the long-time Cowboys can’t wait to pair up with the rookie draftees.
One of those newcomers,
“He’s definitely a quality running back coming from Oklahoma State,” Murray said. “They’ve always been known for great running backs. I’m excited to bring him into the family and definitely we’re going to get after it a little bit.”
Murray said the NFL’s becoming somewhat of a two-back league. He’s never felt like a true starter dating back to his days at Oklahoma and now in Dallas, where he’s played with Felix Jones throughout his career. Now he’ll be the veteran of the group.
“I’m excited for the new kid, excited for
The player who wore the No. 1 at Oklahoma State before Randle is just as excited about the addition in the backfield.
“It speaks for itself, Oklahoma State,” said wide receiver
Bryant will have another player on the roster from his former college conference that should impact him more directly.
“He’s a great receiver,” Bryant said. “He can stretch the field, he can go deep, he can make a short yardage play go long. He’s got that type of ability to go up and grab the ball. That’s what you want.”
Bryant will get to know Williams much better this season, but some current Cowboys players already know the draft picks well. Defensive lineman
More specifically, Lissemore remembers his final year at college when Webb led the team as a freshman with eight interceptions. He realized quickly that Webb could play.
“I think that first game against (Virginia), he had like three interceptions or something like that,” Lissemore said. “He just kind of stood out right off the bat. I always knew that kid had a chance, for sure.”
The players’ relationships should begin to develop more this week as the full team arrives for Organized Team Activities. Some players, like former in-state competitors Murray and Randle, will have to forget rivalries of the past as they come together as teammates for the first time.
“We’ll push it to the side for now, but I’m sure once that [Oklahoma-Oklahoma State] game comes around, we’ll talk a little bit and hopefully make a friendly wager,” Murray said with a smile. “We’ll see what happens.”