Dallas Cowboys star running back DeMarco Murray played in the most games of his career last season with 14 appearances, and his ability to mostly stay healthy had a hugely positive effect on his performance. For the first time in his career, Murray went for over 1,000 rushing yards, as he was one of the league’s most productive backs with 1,124 yards and an average of 5.2 yards per carry. Coming into the season, Murray faced plenty of criticism for his rushing style and proneness to injury, and some worried that his inconsistency would prevent him from being a true feature back. Others didn’t even think he had enough agility to successfully play the position, but a deep look at the stats stated otherwise.
Murray played to his potential last season, and that was critical given the lack of options behind him. But should he go down with an injury this season, Murray states that he now has confidents that the backup running backs on the roster can get the job done.
He said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Drew Davison, “Me not wanting to come out last year was because I wasn’t sure if things would go right. But these guys playing the way they play and practice the way they practice, I’m very confident that if I come out they can continue to carry the load and do some great things for us.”
New offensive coordinator Scott Linehan helped lead Reggie Bush and Joique Bell to monstrous seasons as rushers and receivers, and he has the same lofty pass-catching goals in mind for Murray and the rising Lance Dunbar, who is the feature back’s top handcuff. Joseph Randle is also showing well this offseason, and the second-year pro has the talent to be an effective third back.