Rico Gathers said when he's in a film session, he's studying every move Jason Witten makes.

That includes when the 10-time Pro Bowler writes something down.

"When I see him jotting down a note, I'm like, 'OK, well I got to jot down that note down, too.' That's just the relationship that we have," Gathers said. "I look forward to many more conversations and many more life lessons that he has to offer."

After spending his rookie year on the practice squad, Gathers is hoping some of the tips he's picked up from Witten will not only help him make the active roster, but contribute in his second season.

"He's the model for the Cowboys," Gathers said. "Iron Man, that's what they call him, right? I just look up to him. Every time I look at our film I'm looking at him mostly, just dissecting his every move and stuff like that.

"When you got an ideal model of what you want to be like right in your same locker room, you just try to pick apart everything that he does."