The Dallas Cowboys and their fans have incredibly high hopes for Ezekiel Elliott.
Drafted with their first-round pick, the former Ohio State Buckeyes star is expected to become one of the top backs in the league straight away, behind that fearsome Cowboys offensive line that is the best in the NFL.
The Cowboys will be hoping that Elliott can emulate DeMarco Murray's incredible 2014 season. According to one of their players, he is well on the way.
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Speaking in a recent interview, Cowboys safety Barry Church revealed that, in a weird way, Elliott will be a huge help to the Dallas defense just as much as he is to the offense.
"He's definitely a three-tool player that can just play on every single down," Church said on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "And it helps out the defense a lot. It takes up our play downs by a lot."
"That also happened in 2014 when we had DeMarco Murray. He was punishing defenses and we were three-and-out here, three-and-out there, and we were fresh in the fourth quarter."
"That's how we won all of our games, by getting takeaways in the fourth quarter, but that was because we were fresh."
The Cowboys need all the help they can get on defense, with numerous suspensions removing key starters from the equation.
Starting pass rushers Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory have been suspended for the first four games of the season, and middle linebacker Rolando McClain will have to sit out the first 10 games after failing another drug test.